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  • Distanced Repertoire for smaller forces

    During these unprecedented times, emerging carefully from the COVID-19 pandemic, performance plans may need to be adapted to fit within new restrictions that vary from country to country. With that in mind, we have curated lists of selected works for smaller performing groups.

    We are happy to supply perusal scores and audio links to conductors and programmers as required, so please contact your local Boosey & Hawkes office: composers.uk@booseycom; composers.us@boosey.com; composers.germany@boosey.com.

  • > Orchestra or ensemble for 21-50 players

    Explore works for chamber orchestra, for large ensemble, works with soloists whether local or principal players, and works with voice.

    Highlights include Bernstein overtures, classics by Copland, Martinu, Prokofieff and Stravinsky and contemporary scores by Chin, Dean, Lindberg, MacMillan and Turnage.

  • > Orchestra or ensemble for up to 20 players

    Explore works for small orchestra, for ensemble, works with soloists whether local or principal players, works for orchestral sections, and works with voice.

    Repertoire includes classics by Britten, Finzi and Panufnik and contemporary scores by Adams, Andriessen, Birtwistle, Carter, Neuwirth and Reich.

  • > String orchestra or ensemble up to 20 or 50 players

    Explore works for string orchestras, ensembles or orchestral sections, divided into smaller works for up to 20 players and larger works between 21 and 50 players.

    Repertoire ranges from Stravinsky’s Apollo and Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge to Golijov’s Last Round and Clyne’s Within Her Arms.

  • > Arrangements of classic works for ensemble

    Explore classic works – favourites of the standard repertoire – in recent arrangements for smaller forces, performable by ensembles or chamber orchestras.

    Highlights include reduced-scale versions of Debussy’s La Mer, Bartók’s Dance Suite and Strauss’s Four Last Songs, together with Glanert’s octet arrangement of Brahms’s Schumann Variations, and Dean’s nonet arrangement of Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel.

  • > Chamber opera with ensemble

    Explore our chamber operas with large or small ensemble, operas with piano, music theatre works, monodramas and dramatic vocal works.

    Classic repertoire includes Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with an ensemble of 10 instrumentalists, Britten’s Albert Herring, The Rape of Lucretia and The Turn of the Screw. Reduced versions are available for Beeson’s Lizzie Borden, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Prokofieff’s The Fiery Angel.

    Highlights of the contemporary catalogue include Van der Aa’s Blank Out, Birtwistle’s The Io Passion, Little’s Dog Days and Turnage’s Coraline. Compact music theatre works with a single voice include Argento’s A Water Bird Talk, Gruber’s Frankenstein!!, and Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King.

  • Photos of rehearsals with the Basque National Orchestra, one of the first European orchestras to resume performance after the lockdown; John Adams's I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky staged by Lyon Opera.

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