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Toccata from L'Orfeo

Composer
Claudio Monteverdi
Arranger
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
1 minute
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Brass quartet
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Montverdi's "Orfeo" (1607) broke musical ground in many areas. Notably, this was the first notated use of trumpets in the theatre - previously, they had been confined to military roles, signalling and noise-making in general, but here they prelude a sophisticated evening of Baroque opera. Two trombones are used here, rather than the two low trumpets, and I've added a pair of kettledrums just for fun.

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