Schubert's most famous art song based on Goethe's eerie text comes to life in this bomb arrangement. The drama between the father, boy, and earl king unfolds true to Schubert's original, with each character portrayed in a different register. Tension between the boy and the Erlking builds to a climax with a minor jam section perfect for a talented drumset or timbales player. But in the end, the child "war tot!"
If John Bull were a balladeer, his greatest hit would be Greensleeves, the haunting melody whose text sings of the timeless sadness of lost love: Alas my love, you do me wrong / To cast me off discourteously. The ancient melody has been inextricably linked with the English pastoral tradition since at least 1580, when it was mentioned in the Stationers’ Company’s Register as “a new Northern Dittye.” There exists a legend that Henry VIII, a competent musician, wrote Greensleeves around 1530 during his courtship of Anne Boleyn but is apparently without factual foundation.
This beautiful melody by Harold Arlen will be familiar to many in your audience, and thus a crowd-pleaser. The famous tune from “The Wizard of Oz” has been treated in bomb style, meaning that it has been “calypso-ized” through the application of stylistic calypso rhythms and grooves. After a brief introduction, the tune is presented, followed by a fairly challenging variation for lead and double tenor pans over the first two A sections. A fadeout ending suggests actually going “over the rainbow” to the place where dreams really do come true.
This is an exciting adaptation from Leoncavallo's most famous opera, Pagliacci or, "Clowns." The energetic melody laid out by the front line and the montuno accompaniment in the back line effectively capture the bitter emotions brooding inside of Pagliaccio as he discovers his wife's transgressions. This piece works great as a closer and provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce your students and audience to the Bomb tradition.