Bruckner, Anton – Scherzo from Symphony No. 4 for 15-part Brass Ensemble & Timpani.
Symphony No. 4, also known by the composer himself as the "Romantic" was written in 1874, but revised several times and premiered in 1881 in Vienna. The subtitle actually does not refer to romantic love, but a medieval romance such as some of Wagner's operas.
The movement titled "Scherzo" is full of adventure and vitality with a relaxed middle section. Bruckner himself hinted that the Scherzo movement was a "Jadthema" or hunting theme and "Volkfest" or people's festival. The hunting horns are calling, the brass are blowing their fanfares and it is a good day to be hunting. The main feeling from this movement is a strong feeling of the great outdoors.
Mr. Johns has arranged this work for 15-part brass ensemble and optional Timpani.
The instrumentation is:
Published with permission from Gordon Cherry.
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