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Orpheus in the Urbanworld (Offenbach)


Genre: Band with Electronic Accompaniment
# of Players: Standard + CD
Level: 1 | Duration: 2:20
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2013

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Get ready for a raucous, high-kicking can-can in Ed Kiefer’s setting of Offenbach’s classic! Like all of the other arrangements in this series, it works great with or without the electronic accompaniment, but why would you want to deprive your student and audience of bongos?


    Genre: Band with Electronic Accompaniment | # of Players: Standard + CD
    Level: 1 | Duration: 2:20

    Oboe (optional)
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone
    Bassoon (optional)

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    F Horn
    Baritone T.C.

    Percussion (snare drum, bass drum, cymbals)
    Bells and/or Xylophone
    Marimba and/or Vibraphone

    Program Notes
    Commissioned by The Granite Falls Middle School Band, Sarah Stafford, director

    About Classics Remixed
    When writing this series, I wanted to created a bridge between what young band students hear every day on the radio, TV, & movies with other types of music that they may not be familiar. I also wanted to make sure the students and their audiences have fun! This is not a new idea. We have added rock/disco beats and jazz swing to Bach and Beethoven before. This series is simply an updated version, infusing good classical music with hip hop, funk, and more. With each arrangement comes a CD (or you can download the mp3 track from the C. Alan Publications website) with an engaging drum ‘n’ bass beat that complements the arrangements, varying as the pieces progresses, yet remaining simple enough to make it easy to play along. The band will have a blast playing along to a booming bass while learning important classical melodies. The arrangements are easy and well within the reach of younger players. They may also be performed without the recorded track, but it’s much more fun with it! As a middle school band director, I was always looking for fun ways to introduce my students to all kinds of music. I was also looking for a fun way to keep students engaged and help them realize the commonalities between their pop music and other styles. This series will help you with these objectives. Most of all, have fun!

    - Ed Kiefer

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