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Vocalise (arr Hunsberger)

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff (arr. Donald Hunsberger)

This work bears the designation Opus 34, No. 14.

General Info

Year: 1909 / 2004
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Warner Bros. Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Alto Flute
Oboe I-II
English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV (I-II optional B-flat Piccolo Trumpet)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This scoring of Vocalise is dedicated to Frederick Fennell in celebration of his 90th birthday July 2, 2004. First of all, reaching this milestone (and still being active in the music world) is an outstanding accomplishment unequalled by most musicians. Second, this year marks the 55th year of our association, for he and I were both in the 1949 Pennsylvania All-State Band, meeting in Hazleton, though our respective positions were of a slightly different level. The following September, I entered the Eastman School of Music to study trombone with Emory Remington, and FF and I met once again-this time in the Eastman Symphony Band and in the Junior Symphony, both of which he conducted.

Over the succeeding years, we were together in the first Eastman Wind Ensemble in 1952 and recorded those initial single-track recordings for Mercury Records. Later, I served as his teaching assistant while working on an MM degree in 1958-59 and on a DMA in 1962-63. Although I moved to Potsdam, New York, in the interim to teach at the state university there, we were never far apart. I returned to Eastman in 1961-62 to substitute for him during his absence as associate conductor on the 13-week U.S. State Department tour of Europe and Russia undertaken by Howard Hanson with the Eastman Philharmonia. At the end of the adventure, he joined the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra as associate conductor. This closed an era of activity at Eastman that had begun with his own entrance to the school as a freshman in 1933.

FF's dedication and work on behalf of the contemporary wind band is now common knowledge, though most people are totally unaware of how difficult those early years of the "symphonic wind ensemble" (Mercury Record's early terminology) really were. But what he accomplished in those first short ten year of his tenure-as founder and conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble-is a tribute to his foresight and desire for future musical options for all. On his birthday, a copy of this score was delivered to him along with a private recording of this setting of Vocalise by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, his "other" major ensemble.

- Program Note by Donald Hunsberger

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) - 28 September 2016
  • Category 5 Wind Ensemble, Inc. (Dan Sitomer, conductor) - 14 March 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer


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