Composer
PURCELL
Title
Prelude to Act I from The Fairy Queen
Instrumentation
interchangeable woodwind ensemble
Arranger
David Marlatt
Publisher
Eighth Note Publications
Grade
2-2+
Product Code
31E19WWE17129

Prelude to Act 1 from The Fairy Queen
Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Arranged by David Marlatt
For Interchangeable Woodwind Ensemble
Published by Eighth Note Publications
Duration: 1'30"
Includes score and parts

Instrumentation:
Part 1: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
Part 2: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
Part 3: Clarinet, F Horn, or Alto Saxophone
Part 4: Clarinet or Tenor Saxophone
Part 5: Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, or Baritone Saxophone

      The Fairy Queen is one of Henry Purcell's (1659-1695) semi-operas which has derived from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Prelude or Overture, as it is sometimes called, is Italian in style. Purcell was attracted to this style of writing because of the counterpoint aspects. In the Prelude, both sections are fugal. 
      The articulations must be matched throughout the ensemble since the work contains so much imitative writing.

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