Beethoven - Adagio from the Pathetique Sonata for Violin and Piano, arr. Peter Gross
The 'Songs for Others' Concert series collection was conceived by Peter Solomon Gross as an educational series designed to acquaint student musicians with music literature not written specifically for their instrument. Pieces in this series are eminently suited for solo-and-ensemble competition or for recital performance.
This narrative song is a re-telling of the story of David and Goliath from 1 Samuel: 17. It describes the wonder of the crowd, marveling first at what they regard as the impunity; and later at the bravery of David as he kills the Philistine giant. Edwards's setting employs both rhythmic and harmonic choral ostinati and intersperses David's calm reasoned statements with the mutterings and exclamations from the crows as they observe the scene.
Fillmore - Rolling Thunder (Concert Band), arr. Marc Oliver
Rolling Thunder is a circus march written by Fillmore in 1918. Fillmore, an aficionado of circus music and himself a trombone player in a few circus bands, wrote this march with a challenging part for trombone. Transcribed here for Concert Band.
John Clifford Heed (1862-1908) was known as the March Wizard, and has more than 60 published marches to his credit. In Storm and Sunshine was one of his earliest works, and it remains his most popular work to this day. It has all the ingredients for a great march, and this new edition by Marc Oliver provides a fresh new approach to the long time favorite.
Mendelssohn - Andante from the Reformation symphony, arr. Peter Gross
Andante from the Reformation symphony was composed by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). This edition was published by Ayotte Custom Musical Engravings in 2017 and is scored for solo instrument with piano accompaniment.