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O Mensch, Bewein' Dein' SüŸnde Groß (J.S. Bach)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 5:45
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 1987

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    Ah, Bach! In all its beauty, intensity, and calm, this piece is the best of Bach. Superbly scored, O Mensch, Bewein' Dein' Sünde Gross is a must for all bands. The piece captures the essence of one of the most played style periods of modern time - the Baroque period.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 4 | Duration: 5:45

    This piece uses Grainger's "Elastic Instrumentation" such that it is playable by any number of instrument combinations and ensembles, such as brass quartet/quintet/sextet, woodwind quartet/quintet, saxophone quartet, brass choir, and double reed choir.

    Flute 1/2/3
    Oboe 1/2/3
    Bassoon 1/2/3
    Eb Clarinet
    Bb Clarinet 1/2/3
    Bb Bass Clarinet
    Soprano Saxophone
    Alto Saxophone
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Bb Cornet/Trumpet 1/2
    Horn in F 1/2/3/4
    Trombone 1/2/3
    Bass Trombone
    Euphonium 1/2
    (Baritone T.C.)

    String Bass

    Program Notes
    The Chorale-Prelude O Mensch, Bewein' Dein' Sünde Gross is taken from Bach's 'Orgelbüchlein' collection. Grainger created the setting between 1937 and 1942. While not unusual today, his beautiful realization of the ornamentation was revolutionary in the 1940s.

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