SmartMusic Repertoire Released: 20 Ensemble Titles

SmartMusic Repertoire Released

We recently added another 20 new ensemble titles to the growing collection of SmartMusic repertoire. Among the pieces for Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra and Full Orchestra included in this batch are:

Nautical Bits & Pieces (Based on Favorite Sea and River Songs)

Nautical Bits and Pieces

As the title suggests, “Nautical Bits & Pieces” contains short excerpts from eight well-known sea and river songs. Included are “Blow the Man Down,” “Spanish Ladies,” “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean,” “Song of the Volga Boatmen,” “Sloop John B,” “Blow Ye Winds,” “Haul Away Joe,” and “Anchors Aweigh.”


Take the "A" Train
Take the “A” Train

Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967), an American composer, pianist, and arranger, composed “Take the ‘A’ Train” in 1939. Duke Ellington had offered Strayhorn a job in his orchestra and gave him money to travel from Pittsburgh to New York City. Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway. The note started, “Take the ‘A’ train…” and Strayhorn used it as the title for his composition which was to become the theme song of Duke Ellington and his orchestra, one of their biggest hits, and one of the masterpieces of jazz repertoire.

Here is the complete list:

Title Comp/Arr Publisher Music Type Pepper Level
Nautical Bits & Pieces (Based on Favorite Sea and River Songs) Story, Michael Alfred Concert Band VE
Rolling Thunder (March) Filmore, Henry arr. by Foster, Robert Carl Fischer Concert Band M
Daedalus’ Labyrinth O’Loughlin, Sean Carl Fischer Concert Band ME
Whitewater Run Kiefer, Ed Carl Fischer Concert Band E
Unleashed Terry, Petter Carl Fischer Concert Band E
Military Escort (March) Bennet, Harold arr. by Clark, Larry Carl Fischer Concert Band E
Blue Orchid, The Owens, William TRN Concert Band E
Groove Machine Navarre, Rand Northeastern Music Concert Band B
Sideways Walking Dog Smith, Zachary Belwin Jazz Ensemble E
There is No Greater Love Jones, Isham arr. by Richards, Eric Belwin Jazz Ensemble A
Star Eyes DePaul, Gene; Wolpe, Dave; Raye, Don Belwin Jazz Ensemble M
Rockin’ Merry Christmas, A Neeck, Larry C.L. Barnhouse Jazz Ensemble E
Rush Hour Niehaus, Lennie Kendor Jazz Ensemble M
Take the “A” Train Strayhorn, Billy arr. by Lopez, Victor Belwin Jazz Ensemble ME
Andante from Trio Sonata Op. 5, No. 1 Handel arr. by Sieving, Robert Highland/Etling String Orchestra M
Phantom’s Escape O’Loughlin, Sean Carl Fischer String Orchestra M
Slavic Celebration Calhoun, Bill Carl Fischer String Orchestra E
Country Song (Two Songs Without Words, Op. 22, No. 1) Holst, Gustav arr. by Sieving, Robert Highland/Etling String Orchestra MA
Grave and Allegro Telemann, Georg arr. by McCashin, Robert FJH String Orchestra M
Last Chorale, The (Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit) BMV 668 Bach, JS arr. by Lipton, Bob FJH String Orchestra M

You can request a piece for a future SmartMusic release here.

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