This arrangement is intended to offer maximum flexibility for virtually any group of inexperienced instrumentalists. It will work with minimal instrumentation, that being the piano part and one of the lead parts (flute 1, clarinet 1 or violin 1). The piano part is intended for a teacher or assistant to support the group, but there is no reason why a pupil should not play it if possible. The best results will be achieved with a balanced mix of different instruments, but virtually any group can play the piece if the piano part is included. In most cases the second or third parts are intended for beginners, including those who may only have had two or three lessons. The guitarist(s) can play part 1(the tune) or part 2 (mostly open strings) and the harpist(s) can leave out either hand or play the upper notes of the right hand part as necessary. The percussion part can be played by one player on drum kit or by separate players / instruments. The glockenspiel part can be played on any tuned percussion instrument or keyboard.
The recording has real strings and woodwinds with some fake brass and percussion. Hopefully the overall mix will give you a good idea of the sound with a full orchestra.
All Through the Night
You almost certainly will not need all the parts provided with this arrangement! As with all of my Junior Orchestra pieces, it is designed to work with minimal forces – the large number of parts...
I wrote Breakdown Blues to use on an inter-schools orchestral playing day. The pupils were all primary school age and it was a large group (around 60) with a good balance of instruments. The piece...