Nocturne Op.40 (Fl, Ob, CL, Hn, Bsn)

Antonin Dvorak Op. 40
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This beautiful piece for string orchestra has always been a favorite of mine. Originally part of his String Quartet #4, Dvorak later revised the piece as the Opus 40 Nocturne for Strings. The Op. 40 version is a tighter, more efficient use of the material in the quartet movement. The original key is B major, but in adapting the work for winds, I have transposed the piece into the friendlier key of B flat major. The piece does not present any overly difficult technical passages for the players, but will present challenges in phrasing, breath control, and establishing the "long line".

Score ID
Antonin Dvorak Op. 40
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
6 minutes
Wind quintet
Classical music
Instrumental parts

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