Rachmaninov’s Vocalise is one of his most celebrated pieces. The last of the 1912 set of Fourteen Songs, it is unusual because it is wordless: sung to a vowel of the singer’s choice, it uses the voice as an instrument. For this reason, and because of its typical lyricism and sumptuous late-Romantic harmony, it has inspired many arrangements—for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and (by Rachmaninov himself) for orchestra. This version features not one soloist, but four: the first section split between two trumpets, and the second between two trombones, with the remainder of the septet cup-muted for the piano accompaniment.

Parts included:

  • Score
  • Trumpet in E-flat
  • Trumpet 1 in B-flat
  • Trumpet 2 in B-flat
  • Trombone 1
  • Trombone 2
  • Trombone 3 (Bass)
  • Tuba

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