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An Alpine Symphony

An Alpine Symphony

Strauss, Richard

Arr. Van Hoy, Jeremy


  • Ensemble: Brass Ensemble
  • Genre: Classical
  • Grade: 6
  • Duration: 20.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: DBP6005

This arrangement of Richard Strauss's epic tone poem strives to maintain the original shape and power while cutting its length approximately in half. The organ part seamlessly integrates with the exhilarating brass parts for an unforgettable trip up and down the Alps. Jeremy Van Hoy does a masterful job of arranging 125 orchestral parts of this tone poem masterpiece into 11 brass parts plus organ, timpani and percussion.

This arrangement may be played with or without the organ, timpani, and percussion parts. The brass players should play all cues that are not attributed to other brass instruments, if those instruments are left out.

Although this piece is played without pause, there are specific sections. The program is as follows:

  • Night - m.1
  • Sunrise - m.37
  • The ascent - m.65
  • On the wrong track through thickets and undergrowth - m.117
  • On the glacier - m.192
  • Precarious moments - m.223
  • On the summit - m.267
  • Vision - m.347
  • Epilogue - m.361
  • Night - m.400

ScoreFlipper features audio from a Denver Brass concert.

Instrumentation: 423.02 org opt. perc

  • Trumpet 1 in in B♭ (Doubles on Trumpet in E♭ or F and Piccolo Trumpet) 
  • Trumpet 2 in C (Doubles on Flugelhorn and Trumpet in B♭) alt B♭ part provided that doubles on Flugelhorn
  • Trumpet 3 in in B♭ (Doubles on Trumpet in C and Piccolo Trumpet)  alt B♭ part provided that doubles on Flugelhorn and Piccolo
  • Trumpet 4 in C (Doubles on Flugelhorn and Trumpet in B♭) alt B♭ part provided that doubles on Flugelhorn
  • 2 Horns
  • Trombone 1 (Doubles on Euphonium)
  • Trombone 2
  • Bass Trombone
  • 2 Tubas
  • Timpani (optional)
  • Percussion - Snare Drum, Glockenspiel, Crash Cymbal,Bass Drum
  • Organ (optional)

This work is part of our Denver Brass Signature Series.

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