Friday, December 29, 2006

26 Serpents Side-By-Side

Douglas Yeo, bass trombonist in the Boston Symphony and quite likely the leading North American serpent player plays Clifford Bevan's precis of the 1812 Overture, arranged for 26 serpents. Should someone happen to put a bit too much kirsch in your New Year's Eve fondue, I'm sure that this'll be just the right thing. In any case, this will be among the tunes with which I plan to formally end a year without recordings.

Now, all we need is someone to put the Roto Rooter Good Time Christmas Band's sweet and condensed arrangement of The Rite of Spring for their ensemble of three saxophones (tenor, tenor, baritone) and three trombones (all with various doublings and treblings) online. (For just a taste of the RRGTCB, their Buick LeSabre Dance can be heard here).

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay, I recognize references to Meredith Wilson and Thomas Pynchon, but why the interest in serpents?

Thomas D said...

Another essential version comes from the classic LP of the Hoffnung Interplanetary Music Festival: arranged for recorder ensemble and percussion.

I believe that record also contains a piece (re)scored mainly for household appliances.

http://www.musicweb-international.com/hoffnung/Hoffsales/EMI.htm