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TOCCATA (fanfare) from L'ORFEO by Monteverdi - brass ensemble with opt. percussion - score & parts
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By Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Level 3 - Digital Download
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Arranged by Brian Harris. Chamber, Early Music, Historic, Renaissance, Standards. 9 pages. Publications #3134919. Published by Publications (A0.859754).

Item Number: A0.859754

This is a literal transcription of the rousing fanfare that opens the famous 1607 Italian opera by Claudio Monteverdi.L'Orfeo is one of the earliest extant manuscripts to specify an exact instrumentation. This wonderful fanfare was originally written for 5 valve-less trumpets to signal the start of the opera. The flexible instrumentation of this transcription for Brass Ensemble is playable with optional percussion. A great historic work for teaching and enjoying Renaissance music. An excellent selection to be used for Solo & Ensemble festival.

The score gives historic notes regarding the composer, a synopsis of the opera, and performance suggestions.

INSTRUMENTATION: Originally set for five like-instruments (similar to today's trumpets), this setting is for 2 Trumpets and 1 Horn or Trombone and 2 low brass instruments playing the open 5th "drone" (which can be two trombones/euphoniums/horns or can be expanded with tubas. All parts can be doubled. 

SAMPLES: You can view a non-printable PDF of the score and parts at

FEATURES: Impressive for opening a concert (consider an antiphonal performance); Lowest two (four) voices simply drone whole notes (can use less-mature players; see score sample above); Use of percussion part is optional; Conductor score contains historical performance information and a complete synopsis of the opera.

CHALLENGES: Rhythmically-rich parts for top three voices; First trumpets tend to rush the dotted-eighth/sixteenth figure (listen to sample recording!)

KEY and RANGES: Concert B-flat major; Trumpet 1 frequently to G at top of staff; plays one A above that. All other parts are within easy range demands.

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ARRANGER: Now retired, Brian Harris holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida State University and was a band director for over 30 years at public school and college levels. Many of his works are available here and from his website

This product was created by a member of ArrangeMe, Hal Leonard’s global self-publishing community of independent composers, arrangers, and songwriters. ArrangeMe allows for the publication of unique arrangements of both popular titles and original compositions from a wide variety of voices and backgrounds.

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  • November 29, 2021 Good job

    Good transcription and accurate engraving of parts. Professionally done.

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