DIVERSE ORCHESTRAL PIECES

In addition to the song orchestrations featured on other pages, The Great American Songbook Foundation has many instrumental works. Here are some of them. All of the pieces below have audio clips.

♫ American Barcarolle

Composed by Harry Warren

INSTRUMENTATION: Rd1-6(Fl.Ob.Cl.Cl.BsCl.Bn)/1.1.0.0/Hrp/6.5.4.4.3

♫ A Tisket A Tasket

Instrumental version for a Symphony Orchestra

Music and Lyrics by Ella Fitzgerald & Al Feldman (AKA Van Alexander)

Arranged & Orchestrated by Van Alexander

INSTRUMENTATION: 2(1=Picc).2.2.2.AA(=solo clarinet)TTB/4.3.3(3 is Bass).1/Perc(4):[Timpani, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Conga, Chimes] / Pno, Guitar, Rhythm Bass, Drum Kit /6 .5.4.4.2.

♫ Brahmsiana

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Arranged & Orchestrated by Bakaleinikoff

INSTRUMENTATION: 1(=Picc).1.2.1/4.3.3.1/Timpani.Perc(2)(Tambourine, Triangle).Hrp.Pno/Solo Vn.6.5.Vla1(3).Vla2(3).4.3

♫ Carioca a la Bolero

From the David Rubinoff collection, the song “The Carioca,” from the movie Flying Down to Rio, done in the style of Ravel’s “Bolero.” In the movie, the song was danced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, their first screen dance together. The word “Carioca” refers to those who live in Rio de Janeiro.

Music by Vincent Youmans, Lyrics by Edward Eliscu & Gus Kahn

INSTRUMENTATION: 2.Picc.3(3=EH).3.3.AATT; 4.3.3.1; 2Perc(2.1:[Timpani, Hand Cymbal, Snare Drum]; Hrp.Pno(=Clste); Guitar.Rhythm Bass / Strings:VnA(4).VnB(4).VnC(3).Vn2(5).4.4.2

♫ Disconcerto

Composed by Jacques Press

SOLOIST: Piano

INSTRUMENTATION: 1.1.1.AATB/1.2.1.0/Perc(3):[Timpani, Snare Drum, Cymbal].SoloPno/6.5.4.3 — a version where woodwinds double on saxes also included

♫ "Easy to Love" Symphonic Fantasy Overture

From the David Rubinoff collection, this novel score takes the Cole Porter song “Easy to Love” and invents it in a Russian Symphonic style.

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

INSTRUMENTATION: 1.1.1.AATB/1.2.1.0/Perc(3):[Timpani, Snare Drum, Cymbal].SoloPno/6.5.4.3 — a version where woodwinds double on saxes also included

♫ Invitation

Composed by Bronislau Kaper

INSTRUMENTATION: Rd1-4(Fl+AltFl.AltSx.Cl.BsCl)/3.0.2.0/Perc(2):[Vibraphone, Drum Kit] / Hrp.Pno.Guitar / Strings:6.5.4.4.4

♫ March for Americans

Composed by Ferde Grofé

INSTRUMENTATION: 3(3=Picc).2.2.2/4.3.3(3 is Bass).1/Timpani.Snare Drum.Perc(2):[Crash Cymbal, Bells].Bass Drum.Hrp / Strings:6.5.4.4.3

♫ Sing, Sing, Sing

By Benny Goodman, Arranged by Mark Lopeman

SOLOIST: Clarinet

INSTRUMENTATION: R1(Picc),R2(Ob),R3(Bsn),AATTB / 4,4,3,1 / DrSet, Gtr(Opt), Pno, RhythmBass / Strings

♫ Trumpet Blues and Cantabile

A Harry James specialty.

SOLOIST: Trumpet

INSTRUMENTATION: 0.Picc.1.0.1/AATTB/4.4.4.1/Timp.Pno.Guitar.Rhythm Bass.Drum Kit/6.5.4.4.2