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Moto Perpetuo

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Niccolò Paganini

Niccolò Paganini (arr. Donald Hunsberger)

General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III / V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
Solo Trumpet
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass


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Program Notes

In 1984, Donald Hunsberger was approached by Wynton Marsalis to create new wind-band arrangements of accompaniments to works in the standard solo-cornet repertoire for an upcoming album. The result of this collaboration was the classic Marsalis album Carnival, which he recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Included on the album was an arrangement of Niccolo Paginini’s (1782-1840) violin showpiece Moto Perpetuo. Paginini was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time and he is often credited with driving the development of violin technique through his performance and compositions. As with many of the works Paginini composed for himself, it is technically challenging for the soloist with non-stop sixteenth notes. While definitely fun and showy, the line is also surprisingly melodic, which has allowed the piece to maintain its charm nearly two hundred years after it was written.

- Program Note by McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band


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Works for Winds by This Composer


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