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Talk:Extreme Beethoven

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Practical Instructions

  • The small ensemble (the Banda) enters halfway through the piece, either from backstage or from the back of the auditorium, depending on the available space in the venue. The Banda plays at a higher tempo and in a different key than the orchestra, led by the percussion section. The conductor stays with the orchestra and conducts the brass, contrabass, and timpani in Tempo 60. Flutes, clarinets, and piano repeat their most recent pattern as they slow down, independent of the conductor, until a few bars before 314. As it continues to play, the Banda walks to the stage, thus creating a natural crescendo before taking up position next to the orchestra. Beginning at bar 314, the conductor coordinates both ensembles. For a while, they play amicably together. From bar 353 onwards, the Banda stops playing, then turns around to march off, roughly at bar 362. This does not have to be exactly on the bar line. Once again, the percussion section takes the lead; it strikes up in a slightly higher tempo in order to play the Turkish March. Moving backstage, the Banda disappears from sight and out of earshot, thus creating a natural fadeout. Subsequently, the musicians take their place in the orchestra as quietly as possible.
  • Additional parts are available for the Banda, which consists of 2 piccolos, 2 cornets, 2 trombones, and 3 percussionists. The sheet music can be clipped onto a lyre, or the players may eventually prefer to memorize their parts.

-Practical Instructions by Johan de Meij'