1812 Overture arr. flutes (flute choir / flute orchestra)

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TCHAIKOVSKY, Pyotr Ilyich (1840 - 1893)
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  • Instrumentation: pic; fl.1; fl.2; fl.3/Afl; Afl., Bfl, [optional C'Bfl, percussion]
  • Difficulty level: upper intermediate plus [UK grade 6 upwards]
  • Arranger: Roz Trubger
  • Duration: ca. 8 mins
  • Format: Printed score & parts / or digital PDF
  • Extras: free online rehearsal play-along [opens in Soundcloud]

A rousing finale to the concert - the complete 1812 overture arranged for flutes, with party poppers making the bangs instead of cannons !

Party Poppers are commonly used at parties as they emit confetti or streamers plus a loud popping noise, activated by pulling a string. Have fun using them as directed in our arrangement of the 1812 overture, instead of a cannon.

the optional Percussion part is scored for one player with bells, cymbals and a triangle.

contents: score & parts 52pp

The famous Festival Overture [known as '1812'] was composed by Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate the Battle of Borodino in which the Russians defeated the invading army of Napoleon. It has several contrasting sections: The work opens with an hymn depicting the people praying for peace. The French Army's advance is represented by the Marseillaise theme, cannon shots [party poppers] are fired and battle is enjoined until the Imperial Anthem rings out celebrating the Russian victory.

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