1st Bb Cornet 2nd Bb Cornet 1st F Horn 2nd F Horn 1st Trombone 2nd Trombone* Euphonium (TC Baritone) Tuba
Parts marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intention to be achieved.
Program Notes Mendelssohn's incidental music to Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, was written in response to a request from the King of Prussia; the first performance was given at Potsdam near Berlin in 1843.
The Nocturne has been described as music of "calm yet romantic beauty." Certainly Mendelssohn's choice of the horn as the solo instrument aptly captures the dreamy nature of this haunting music and has been an important factor in establishing the Nocturne as a favourite concert item in its own right
This arrangement can also be performed with an alto saxophone playing the solo, in which case the 1st horn part should be omitted.