Posts tagged ‘Mussorgsky’

April 28, 2013

Mussorgsky Pictures – String Quintet version?

I was spending a quiet afternoon listening to the Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures In An Exhibition”, and found myself getting mugged down memory lane from the times I spent helping out behind the scenes at the Leeds International Piano Competition. I also found myself hunting for a score on IMSLP. I found much more than I bargained for – Robert Patterson of Great River Music has arranged this for string quintet (quartet + bass). The score and parts are available at IMSLP.

This looks like it could be fun. I’m going to have to see if I can play this with some friends soon… It’ll make a change from that blasted Beethoven/Khym quintet!

October 24, 2009

"Classical Spooktacular"

A cheesy title for this afternoon’s concert by the WYSO, which was a child-friendly early Halloween concert.

Programme included the obvious suspects for such a gig:
  • Grieg – Hall of the Mountain King
  • Mussorgsky – Night on a Bare Mountain
  • Monster Mash
  • Berlioz – Witches Sabbath (you know, the last movement of Symphonie Fantastique)
  • Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries (a somewhat dumbed-down arrangement)
  • Saint-Sa├źns – Danse Macabre
  • “Dem Bones” (with some words I don’t recall from my childhood)
  • John Williams – Harry Potter Suite (from the first movie)

There were prizes for fancy dress, audience participation, and other odds and ends to help keep the younger members of the audience involved, and create the occasional distraction for us in t’band – pseudo Mexican-waves, racing witches, skeletons, etc, but no helicopters during the Wagner.

Anything to worry about from the bassist point of view?  No, not really, thanks to the arrangement of the Valkyries