Orchestral Transcriptions / Transpositions: Greig, Dvorak, Brahms

Woollahra Philharmonic OrchestraI’m not a classical or orchestral player by any means, but I recently had the honor of playing 2nd trumpet in a concert with the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra. My very first (and quite possibly my last) legitimate, serious orchestral experience!

Of course, none of the music was written for my instrument, B♭ trumpet. Most of it was written for E trumpet, also some for F and C trumpet. Generally speaking, classical trumpet players own instruments pitched in different keys, and/or can transpose readily at sight. Not me. I needed a few weeks before my first rehearsal to transpose every fiddly part for B♭ trumpet before I could play my first note with the orchestra.

Although I anticipate no demand for these whatsoever, here are my transposed parts anyway. Complete with the JazzText font, to make me feel at home while playing in an alien setting 🙂

Note: The original parts in their original keys were downloaded copyright-free from IMSLP, so I don’t envisage any copyright considerations for my transposition of those same parts.

Resources:

Greig - Symphonic Dances, Op.64 I - Bb Trumpet 2 Greig - Symphonic Dances, Op.64 II - Bb Trumpet 2
Greig - Symphonic Dances, Op.64 III - Bb Trumpet 2 Greig - Symphonic Dances, Op.64 IV - Bb Trumpet 2
Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 I - Bb Trumpet 2 Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 II - Bb Trumpet 2 Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 III - Bb Trumpet 2
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 1 - Bb Trumpet 2 Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 3 - Bb Trumpet 2
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 6 - Bb Trumpet 2 Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 10 - Bb Trumpet 2

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Jain – Come (Extended Version)

I previously transcribed and recorded the “single” version of this lovely song. The extended version features some darker sounding brass lines and is a little less cheery than its shorter counterpart. The extended harmony vocals get a solid workout and sound very nice.

Resources:

Jain - Come (Extended Version) - Trumpet

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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AVICII – Hey Brother

I was asked to play this but never did. Nice lyrics, and although it’s not in a style that I like to play it sounds like a nice song. On the original recording, the “trumpet” part is sequenced or played on keys, octaves apart. This chart could be doubled on tenor sax and would sound even better as a true horn section.

Resource:

AVICII - Hey Brother - Trumpet

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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The Strumbellas – Spirits

When I was asked to play this song I couldn’t hear a single trumpet note to transcribe from the backing track. Then someone pointed it out to me: one SINGLE trumpet note. Maybe two. But they were damn near impossible to hear.

It’s a cool song and I wanted to contribute, so without dominating or overpowering the vocalists, I wrote a few lines for it. And since the trumpet parts are limited to the song’s climactic end I chose not to count nearly 3 minutes of rest and started this transcription where we come in…

Resources:

The Strumbellas - Spirits - Trumpet

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Peter Gabriel – Sledge Hammer

This one started as a MIDI file. I extracted the trumpet and sax lines, and made it human-readable and adapted it for use. I used this source over transcribing by ear because:

  1. It was quick / I was lazy; and
  2. The MIDI version quoted lines from Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, which I thought was really cool and wanted to retain.

Resources:

Peter Gabriel - Sledge Hammer - Trumpet Peter Gabriel - Sledge Hammer - Tenor

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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The Whitlams – Blow Up the Pokies (Violin)

No trumpets this time.

My amazingly talented friend, violinist Amanda Tse, transcribed violin parts originally played by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra when they accompanied The Whitlams on this song. It was very difficult to hear all of the string parts, so there is a degree of artistic license here but we’ll consider those lines to be first-class improvements.

Resources:

The Whitlams - Blow Up the Pokies - Violins

Transcribed by Amanda Tse and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.