Item# TRK10202A

Product Description

It's hard to imagine what could be left to write about J. S. Bach's ARIOSO, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.

We present it here for five trombones (four tenors and a bass). The first trombone plays the melody line, and the bass has a somewhat interesting line to play. The remaining three parts consist entirely of quarter notes, and are therefore not very interesting to play. The point, however, is to frame the melody line, and the quarter notes serve well to keep the rhythm going while remaining in the background.

This piece could work for bassoons, or cellos, or what might be the best alternative ensemble, four euphoniums and a tuba.

MP3 sound sample: entire piece (synthesizer/midi).

ARIOSO by J. S. Bach, arranged by Tom Kirkland for trombone quintet, comes in a pdf file of 216K, with a five-page score, one two-page part, four one-page parts, and a license page, twelve pages in all. Performance time should be about three minutes.