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Metamorphoses on a Theme by Tchaikovsky for Wind Orchestra
By Johan De Meij

Concert Band, Mixed Woodwind Ensemble (Score & Parts) - Grade 6
Metamorphoses on a Theme by Tchaikovsky for Wind Orchestra. Composed by Johan De Meij. Amstel Music. Classical. Set (Score & Parts). Composed 2006. Amstel Music #AM80-010. Published by Amstel Music (HL.4000214).

Item Number: HL.4000214

ISBN 9781423451853. 10x13 inches. English-German-French-Dutch.

This new work by Johan de Meij consists of a set of metamorphoses on a theme from Tchaikovsky's well-known Andante cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D). Tchaikovsky stated, “Never have I been so proud of my creative powers as when Leo Tolstoy sat in the chair next to mine listening to my Andante, and the tears ran down his cheeks.” De Meij states the theme with a saxophone quartet (joined by oboes, bassoons and clarinets), followed by the first metamorphosis, which emanates from a single tone. A timpani solo forms a transition to Alla Marcia, in a neo-classical style. The following movement features the playing of tuned bottles, leading into an extensive marimba solo. This joins seamlessly to the finale, a canonic treatment of the theme, leading to a festive conclusion.

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  • March 18, 2008 One of the best

    This piece is one of the most memorable concert band pieces I have EVER played. Perform this in a concert and you will leave your audience open mouthed. I was a member of one of the first bands to play this piece - Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band (UK), we took...

    it on tour with us to Poland and brought the house down! This piece is as technically difficult as Sparke's 'Dance Movements' and equally as stunning. Not for the weak-hearted, you need a group of strong, confident players up for a good challenge with this piece, but trust me, the end result is well worth it :-)

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