Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (trans. Kenneth Singleton)
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: Grand Mesa
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00 | Score Only (print) - $8.00
Flute I-II (II doubling Piccolo)
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II (II Contrabassoon (optional))
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III (or Flugelhorn)
Horn in F I-II
String Bass (optional)
None discovered thus far.
Taking an early Baroque keyboard work with a chromatic theme and beautiful counterpoint, the transcriber has crafted a classic work for the modern wind band. Optional instruments used in the colorful sound palette include English horn, soprano saxophone, and flugelhorn. This gripping and unique arrangement is equally effective for large symphonic bands or small wind ensembles.
- Program Note from publisher
A ricercar (also spelled ricercare) is a type of late Renaissance and mostly early Baroque instrumental composition. The term ricercar means to search out, and many ricercars serve a preludial function to "search out" the key or mode of a following piece. A ricercar may explore the permutations of a given motif, and in that regard may follow the piece used as illustration. The term is also used to designate an etude or study that explores a technical device in playing an instrument, or singing. In its most common contemporary usage, it refers to an early kind of fugue, particularly one of a serious character in which the subject uses long note values. However, the term has a considerably more varied historical usage.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
- Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown
- Audio CD: Austin Symphonic Band (Tom Lee, conductor) - 2007
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Tom Lee, conductor) – 22 December 2007 (2007 Midwest Clinic)
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Ballo del Granduca (tr. Walters) (1589/1981)
- Mein junges Leben hat ein End (arr. Hopkins)
- Ricercar Brevis (arr. Singleton) (2007)
- Variations on "Est ce Mars" (arr. Garofalo)
- Variations on "Mein Junges Leben Hat Ein End" (arr. Ricker) (1975/2021)
- Perusal score
- Ricercar. Wikipedia Accessed 8 January 2022
- Sweelinck, J.; Singleton, K. (2007). Ricercar Brevis [score]. Grand Mesa Music: Grand Junction, Colo.