Dead Dog Boogie
‘Dead Dog’ is actually a kind of chocolate cake and nothing whatsoever to do with domesticated quadrupeds (in spite of the picture on the cover!) This piece was conceived for a junior orchestra workshop day. The up-beat tempo and character of the piece went down very well with the young musicians and the audience. I have only done this piece with a larger group (60+) and it is a bit more of a challenge, requiring some players with a bit of experience behind them. You need as a minimum piano, drums and a bass instrument to make a rhythm section and then at least a couple of lead instruments to carry the main tune (say flute 1 and clarinet 1). The best effect will be gained with a balance of wind, brass and strings as all departments have something to contribute to the arrangement, but you do not need to cover every part.
The recording is completely fake – sorry! – real one on the way. Computer playback should give you the general idea, though.
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...