QUOTE(mrbouffant @ Mar 28 2007, 09:52 PM)
There are certain Bach chorales which have achieved canonical status I suppose.. how about Schmucke Dich as an example? Many of the "Great Eighteen" (sic) are good candidates.. not sure what you've already got arranged...
I haven't heard the term "Great Eighteen" before. I have the Riemenschneider collection of chorales, and a more limited Lea Pocket Score collection. I assume my recently acquired DVD will have lots on it but haven't looked for them yet. So far I've nearly always used quite short chorales where I could set out all four voices on one page, sometimes with one or more voices in octaves. It's amazing how much complication Bach can build into even those very short pieces. I have been looking at some of the chorale preludes on the DVD, and have found several that would adapt very nicely for smaller groups but nothing so far that leapt off the page as being suitable for the orchestra.
QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Mar 29 2007, 07:20 AM)
There already exists some Mendelssohn Organ compositions which are orchestrated.
When my daughter was in Wirral Youth Orchestra they played an Introduction and Fugue in D Minor. The Introduction was the 'Grave' opening of the second organ sonata, though it had been transposed from C Minor to D Minor. The fugue was an orchestration of the D Minor Fugue (from Prelude and Fugue no 3 in D Minor),
That's a neat idea. I must have a look at the preludes and fugues some time. I've got the sonatas out of the local university library at the moment so I'll have a look at the Grave
. I often use single movements from longer works. It's unusual for us to prepare more than about 15-20 minutes of music in a term and I like to include at least four varied items. We usually do five or music, though this term the Oklahoma medley was quite long and very complicated so there were only four.
I have no idea of the publisher of the above mentioned orchestrations, but I guess it should be possible to find.
It's very likely they are still in Copyright, but at least the idea is available! Thanks for pointing out the possibility.
QUOTE(maggiemay @ Mar 29 2007, 01:53 PM)
I've been wondering about a movement from one of the Widor symphonies (no, not the famous toccata !).
The penultimate ( fourth) movement from the same symphony is rather gorgeous and has the melody in the pedals at least part of the time. It's quite short, slow and sustained, two pages on the score that I remember playing from. The second movement is also delightful.
I'm not aware of having heard any Widor other than "the famous toccata". Thanks Mr.B for saving me the bother of looking up his dates. I know quite a few organists so I'll see if any of them can lend me a copy to look at.
QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Mar 29 2007, 03:00 PM)
I would have thought that some of Rheinbergers 8th organ Sonata (E Minor) could be orchestrated. Intro - Fugue- Intermezzo- Scherzoso- Passacaglia.
I think I learnt something by Rheinberger during my excursion into organ music while I was at college, but it won't have been anything as grand as a sonata! Are the movements all separate, or are some/all of them linked?
..................or the famous Reubke Organ Sonata on the 94th Psalm
I don't think I've come across Reubke before. What a lot of interesting ideas are coming up! I'm really pleased I asked.
QUOTE(Barry Thain @ Mar 29 2007, 07:19 PM)
I don't know whether this has been done before, but what about (for an adult learners' orchestra) Pachelbel's Ciacona in Fmin?
I seem to be in a minority in that I can't stand "Pachelbel's Canon" (it's something I usually switch off if it starts on the radio) but I'm happy to believe that he wrote things I would like. I do need to like something a lot to be willing to put in the hours arranging it and then teach it for a term! On the other hand I'm a bit dubious about something called Ciacona, which I assume is Italian for Chaconne and implies a repeating harmonic pattern. Does it have a musically satisfying bass part?
Many thanks to everyone who has made suggestions so far. I've started a list of things to follow up.
I assume the Forums system collates all the separate replies into one message unless someone else intervenes while I'm writing them. I replied separately this evening to all the various messages rather than doing whatever clever stuff you need to combine them yourself.