Concert Band

Chopin, Always With You!

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Duration
Grade
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5:00
3
ItoMusic / Brain

Referred to as the poet of the piano, Chopin (1810-1949) is known for his gorgeous melodies so beloved for the past 200 years. The French-derived title, "Chopin, Always with You" depicts this sense of endearment for his music.

This composition was first introduced in the 2010 Band Journal (a popular Japanese wind band magazine) commemorating the composer's bicentennial. Since Chopin's melodies are not often translated to the wind band medium, it is my hope that many will enjoy his splendid musical gifts.

Melodies used:

  • Beginning - Grande valse brillante in E-flat major, Op. 18. 

  • Mm. 69 - Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2. 

  • Mm. 101 - Etude Op. 25, No. 9 in G-flat major, known as the Butterfly Etude.

 

These are the primary melodies used in this section. Others include:

  • Mm. 133 - Etude Op. 10, No. 12 in C minor, known as the Revolutionary Etude or the Etude on the Bombardment of Warsaw.

  • Mm. 141 - 24 Preludes, Op. 28, No. 24 in D minor

  • Towards the end (let's see if you can find it) - the melody from middle of Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. posth. 66.


If necessary, some mallet parts can be omitted if there are not enough percussionists.

Instrumentation

Flutes 1, 2 & Piccolo

Oboes

Bassoons

Clarinets in Bb 1, 2, 3

Bass Clarinet in Bb

Alto Saxophone in Eb

Tenor Saxophone in Bb

Baritone Saxophone in Eb

Horns in F 1, 2, 3, 4

Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, 3

Trombones 1, 2, 3

Euphoniums

Tubas

Contrabasses

Timpani

Percussion & Mallets - Cymbals & Bass Drum / Suspended Cymbal / Wood-block / Glockenspiel / Vibraphone / Xylophone