Click to enlargeArioso (trombone quintet)

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.

The majority of our sheet music pieces use electronically-produced demos on the item pages. We would much prefer to use actual recordings, so if you email us a digital recording or link to an online video and we end up using it as a demo on our site (fully credited), we will send you a coupon code good for US$25 toward your next purchase from our site.

Many of our sheet music licenses state that the purchaser does not have the right to record the work. We have modified our policy on this, and unless the license page states that you must obtain permission from a party other than to record the work, we will allow a small number (less than 50) of copies of an audio or video recording of a live performance to be made and distributed and/or posted to a free web site for viewing/listening, so long as, the composer, arranger, and lyricist are credited.


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