The Bells of Moscow

The Bells of Moscow


Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Arranged by Ian Deterling, published by Deterling Music.

  • ‘Flex-Band’ is a relatively new approach to writing and arranging for concert bands that frequently have to deal with incomplete or unbalanced instrumentation. This arrangement of “The Bells of Moscow” (Prelude in C# Minor) by Rachmaninoff is arranged into five parts plus percussion (between 4-9 percussionists). The instrumentation is as follows:

  • Part 1

    • Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin

  • Part 2

    • Clarinet, Trumpet, Alto Sax., Violin

  • Part 3

    • Tenor Sax., Clarinet, Alto Sax., Horn, Viola

  • Part 4

    • Tenor Sax., Euphonium (T.C.), Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, Cello

  • Part 5

    • Euphonium (T.C.), Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax., Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, Cello, Contrabass, Tuba

  • Percussion 1

    • Suspended Cymbal, Snare Drum, Bass Drum

  • Percussion 2

    • Crash Cymbals, Tambourine, Tam-tam (or Gong)

  • Mallet Percussion

    • Chimes, Bells

  • Timpani

    • 3 or 2 Drums (if only 2 available, replace all the Bbs with Ds)

  • Other performance notes:

  • This Flex-band score intentionally extends the ranges (slightly) of instruments (in comparison to traditional Flex-band score). There are a few places where octave transposition is optional if needed (marked both in the score and parts):

-Flute and Trumpet (part 1); 30-31 and 36-37

-Tenor Sax. and F Horn (part 4); 15-20

  • Percussion 1 is able to be covered by 2 or 3 people.

-Suspended Cymbal and Snare Drum can be covered by 1 percussionist.

  • Percussion 2 is entirely optional - and is able to be covered by 2 or 3 people.

-Tambourine and Tam-tam can be covered by 1 percussionist.

  • Mallet Percussion can be covered by 1 or 2 people.

  • I also feel the need to at least mention that although this is the C# Minor Prelude, it has been transposed to the key of D Minor to make it easier on the musicians!

  • Grade 3-3.5

  • Score and set of parts; 82 pages.

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