Wish List

The choice of appropriate music is the responsibility of the Musical Director and involves a delicate balance of resources and abilities. But suggestions are welcome…

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If you have a favourite piece of music that you would like to be considered for future rehearsals or concerts, please give the details in the comment box below (scroll down). It would be helpful if you could also indicate how this music might be sourced.

Suggestions so far (most recent first)…

56 Responses to Wish List

  1. Gib FitzGibbon says:

    Still wishing!
    Just heard the Overture from Falstaff by Salieri. Sounds great fun!

  2. Gib FitzGibbon says:

    How about the suite from”Cats”

  3. Duncan Sutherland says:

    Super late to get back to this sorry!
    Can I suggest a flagrant pro-EU programme? Maybe little bits and pieces of music inspired by different countries in the EU? Lots of romantic music scope there.
    Sibelius – Finlandia
    Smetana – Ma Vlast
    Beethoven – a Movement of 9? (although everyone is doing Beethoven this year and it’s a bit OTT)
    Berlioz – Harold in Italy (kinda covers France and Italy? There’s also the Mendelssohn Italian)
    Wagner – can we find a doable arrangement of one of the overtures? Maybe Tannhauser?
    Vaughn-Williams – Movement from the London Symphony?
    MacMillan – Is there something Scottish we could do that isn’t horrendously hard? I mean there’s the McCunn Land of the Mountain Spring (or whatever its called?) but that’s a bit cliche maybe?

    On a totally different theme – Is there anything really contemporary we could try – is it worth asking the Oli at the RCS composition course if there’s anything we could try?

    All just suggestions and I’ll be delighted with whatever! 🙂

    Dunc x

    • Seán Damer says:

      I think there have already been two or three suggestions of Land of the Mountain and the Flood. I don’t think it’s clichéd!

  4. Norman Mills says:

    As a nod to Beethoven’s 250th birthday, how about the 5th symphony 1st and last movements. We did the last movement 10 years ago so might be worth another outing.

  5. Katie Turner says:

    What about the Scene from Swan Lake? Or (for Christmas concert) Home Alone theme?

  6. Alan Laing says:

    March of the Siamese Children from the King and I by Richard Rodgers

    Music from Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi

    Finale from Symphony No.5 by Tchaikovsky

  7. Gareth Gill says:

    Sorry, I realise I’m super late to this, but maybe the suggestions can be added to the list for next term…

    – Khachaturian: Sabre Dance (loads of fun)
    – Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave (dramatic)
    – I second the MacCunn: the Land of the Mountain and the Flood
    – Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade: mvt II – The Story of the Kalandar Prince
    – Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake: mvt I Scene
    – Sibelius: Karelia Suite, mvt I Intermezzo
    – Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (Finale)
    – Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition – The Old Castle (haunting, lovely bassoon and saxophone solos)
    – Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (arr. for orchestra – the Czech Philharmonic orchestra have a recording somewhere)

  8. Alan Hutchison says:

    How about the 2nd movement from Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony? Beautiful music (and this suggestion has nothing to do with the bassoon solo near the end!)

  9. Liza D says:

    The Britten — the ending with the contra punct (was it young persons guide finale?) that we left off to come back to at a later date maybe 8 or 9 years ago?… I saw some more recent requests for it as I scrolled down. Perhaps we could play some Purcell in the programme also to go with??

  10. Sarah Strachan says:

    Isn’t it about time we did another piece accompanying a soloist? Perhaps we could persuade one of the pros who support us to help out? Alex ( violin)? Mozart Flute and Harp concerto?
    Alternatively something like Peter and the Wolf with a narrator? Ideal for a Christmas concert.

  11. Gib FitzGibbon says:

    Respighi “The Birds”
    Nyman “Chasing Sheep is best left to Shepherds”

  12. Katie Turner says:

    OK, a few, some of which were mentioned at the curry night….

    Smetana – Vltava from Ma Vlast
    McCunn – Land of the Mountain and the Flood
    Back to the Future theme tune
    Rossini – Barber of Seville overture
    Schubert – Allegro Moderato from Unfinished Symphony
    Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre
    Something from The Nutcracker (in the winter term) – a couple of dances from the second half would be nice (I’d love to play the Pas de Deux, which is probably a less popular/obvious choice than Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, but I think even more beautiful)
    Tchaikovsky – Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
    J. Strauss – Radetzky March
    I second the idea of the Wallace and Gromit theme tune!

    OK, that’s all I can think of for now!

    • Ernie Spencer says:

      I’d like to support the suggestion of the Waltz from the Sleeping Beauty. And/or perhaps the Rose Adagio.
      I’d also support Jane’s suggestion of Russlan and Lyudmilla (so long as the quavers are not too fast!)

      Another Christmassy piece that we could probably have a go at could be the Overture to Die Fledermaus?

  13. Hugh says:

    Theme music from Shindler’s List by John Williams. Hauntingly beautiful Cor Anglais solo.

    Tritsch- Tratsch Polka by Johann Strauss.

    Vltava (The Moldau) (Die Moldau) by Smetana.

  14. Claire says:

    A few suggestions:
    * The 2nd movement from Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony
    * Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
    * The suggestion of film music is a good one as well

  15. David Sinclair says:

    Few suggestions:
    Smetana Ma Vlast
    Stravinsky Firebird
    Dvorak Symphony No 9
    Rachmaninov Symphony No 2
    Elgar Symphony No 1

  16. Sarah Strachan says:

    A few suggestions that were handed around at the curry night( another great social event, thank you!)
    Brahms Academic Festival Overture
    Some film music- pirates of Caribbean , Star Trek or similar and perhaps part of the beautiful Berlioz Romeo and Juliet

  17. Sean Damer says:

    Could I support Katie’s earlier suggestion of Land of the Mountain and the Flood?

  18. Alan says:

    Sullivan: “Mikado” overture?

  19. Gib FitzGibbon says:

    The first, pastoral, section of the William Tell overture is less familiar than the “Lone Ranger” bit, and is very lyrical.
    Also how about Borodin on the Steppes of Central Asia? – very atmospheric.

  20. Sean Damer says:

    How about Weber’s ‘Invitation to the Dance’? Great orchestration by Berlioz, with something for everyone.

  21. Gib says:

    The Dragonfly by Josef Strauss might be worth considering

  22. Katie Turner says:

    My partner is a big fan of Game of Thrones, and has asked if we’d be able to play the theme tune, as he would love to hear us play it and thinks it would be a big hit with the rest of the audience too. I don’t like the show, but have to agree that the theme tune is fantastic!

  23. Susie Jackson says:

    I think Klaus Badelt’s New Pirates of the Caribbean would be tremendous fun to play!

  24. Kristen Wood says:

    Always loved the thought of playing Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune or Alexandre Desplat’s more dramatic Harry Potter scores from the later films. Or the original John Williams scores of course! Mendelsshon’s Fingals Cave and Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bare Mountain!

  25. Karen Withey says:

    Wallace and gromit theme tune

  26. Anne Richards says:

    Young person’s guide to the itchestra

  27. Moira Milkar says:

    Ravel’s Bolero. Available on IMSLP.

  28. Alan says:

    Are we allowed to use arrangements from the BBC “Ten Pieces” project?


    Lots of good stuff, with a range of parts for different ability levels.

  29. Alan says:

    Some more suggestions…

    Butterworth – A Shropshire Lad – http://imslp.org/wiki/A_Shropshire_Lad_(Butterworth,_George)

    Handel – Zadok the Priest (orchestral version) – http://imslp.org/wiki/Zadok_the_Priest,_HWV_258_(Handel,_George_Frideric)

    Mahler – Blumine (?? tough trumpet solo)

  30. Children’s Corner Suite –Claude Debussy.

    Not the best quality of recording

  31. Alan says:

    Émile Waldteufel – The Skater’s Waltz, Op. 183
    …for winter concert? (http://imslp.org/wiki/Les_patineurs,_Op.183_(Waldteufel,_Emile))

  32. Jenny says:

    Something by Benjamin Britten? Soirees Musicales? one of the Suites? Tend to have a good range of instruments 🙂

  33. Sean Damer says:

    Further to an earlier suggestion by Alex, how about a Rossini overture? There are any number of contenders – La Cenerentola, La Gazza Ladra, Il Signor Bruschino and, of course, W*ll**m T*ll!

  34. Liza dimbleby says:

    Sorry that should be suite for Variety orchestra, not jazz orchestra. Although many of the recordings are mistakenly labelled Jazz orchestra! see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suite_for_Variety_Orchestra_(Shostakovich)

    Still think it would be great.

  35. Alan says:

    Beethoven Symphony No. 1 – 1st mvt? (maybe even all of it??)

  36. Liza dimbleby says:

    Shostakovitch Waltz no 2 from Suite for Jazz orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCnQDUSO4I would be something we could do justice to I think. Good percussion parts too.

  37. Jenny says:

    Rimsky Korsakov – Sadko (Musical Tableau) Op 5? Realise too late for this session so super organised for next time!

  38. Moira Grant says:

    can I suggest Brahms Academic Festival Overture for next season
    thanks, Moira

  39. Gib FitzGibbon says:

    An arrangement of Scott Joplin rags would be a novelty for us.

  40. Alex says:

    It would be nice to play a complete symphony (which could come after an interval to give players a chance for a breather). Something like:
    Schubert, Symphony No.5
    Haydn, Symphony No.104
    Sibelius, Symphony No.2

    I also like ‘The Hobbit’ symphony by Johan de Meij. There’s an arrangement for symphony orchestra – one or two movements from that would be fun, if the whole thing is deemed too much.

    A piece for the wind and brass to get stuck into would be fun – something like the music for the royal fireworks, then offset against something for the strings – e.g. Vaughan Williams’s ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’.

    Other works would include:
    Rimsky-Korsakov, ‘Scheherezade’
    Beethoven, ‘Egmont’ Overture
    Wagner, ‘Der Meistersinger’ Overture
    Mozart, ‘Idomeneo’ overture
    Rossini, ‘Thieving Magpie’ Overture

    I could go on…

  41. Jenny says:

    Vaughan Williams 8th symphony? Maybe last mvt but maybe quite tricky?

  42. Percussion :) says:

    Berlioz Roman Carnival and
    1812 overture

  43. Joanna says:

    May I second Brian’s suggestion of the Borodin “In the Steppes of Central Asia” and repeat my suggestion of Victor Hely-Hutchison’s Carol Symphony: I think it is the third movement that was used by the BBC in The Box of Delights.

  44. Brian says:

    Mendelssohn, Symphony No 3 (Scottish) – Introduction, Scherzo or Finale
    Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia

    (both these pieces are available from the Petrucci Music Library)

  45. admin says:

    On the lighter side, this might be fun…

    “Gershwin by George” – orchestral medley of Gershwin tunes.
    Available from: https://www.jwpepper.com/Gershwin-by-George/10496078.item#.V5tOAxIllCo

  46. Jennifer Buntin says:

    That would be great!

  47. Katie says:

    After a bit of chat over curry last night…..thoughts on playing a musical overture? “Anything Goes”, “South Pacific”, or “Me and My Girl” all have some great tunes in them!

  48. Gib FitzGibbon says:

    A movement from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony would be fun.
    Something by Leroy Anderson based on familiar melodies.
    Also one or more instrumental interludes, or instrumental arrangements of vocal numbers, from Purcell’s the Masque in Dioclesian

  49. Alan says:

    Luigi Boccherini (arr. Berio) – Ritirata notturna di Madrid
    Lots of percussion & brass – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt5EtfMZSnY

  50. Alan says:

    Mozart – Overture: Abduction from the Seraglio, K.384
    …something for everyone, lots of percussion (clarinets in C, but could transpose), available on IMSLP

  51. Sean Damer says:

    Berlioz’s “Rob Roy” Overture – great fun, great music, very Scottish!

  52. Katie Turner says:

    I think The Land of the Mountain and the Flood has been suggested before – I would also love to play this! And for Christmas (can’t believe I’m talking about Christmas in March!!), how about something from The Nutcracker?

    If we were looking at doing anything just for strings, my old school string orchestra played Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and it was always a favourite (but not too Christmassy for November!). Or I love Grieg’s Holberg Suite…. But I guess they wouldn’t be much fun for the rest of the orchestra…

  53. Alan says:

    Delius “La Calinda” – full orchestra version has something for everyone

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