Wind, Brass & Strings

Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony 3 (Philharmonia/Yu
IMP 30366 00012)
MIV 9 after AA:
Upper woodwind and brass together in unison on octaves, with strings.

Gustav Mahler: Symphony 4 (Philharmonia/Zander
Telarc 2CD-80555)
MI b264-266:
Woodwind, brass and strings together. This is typical Romantic scoring, with the violins carrying the melody, and a prominent horn countermelody.

Jean Sibelius: Symphony 5 (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony SMK 66234)
Andante 9 after E:
A variety of colours, with sustained horns and trombones surrounded by a string melody with woodwind in octaves, then pizzicato strings as the brass strengthen.

Jean Sibelius: Symphony 5 (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony SMK 66234)
Allegro molto 14 after D:
A famous passage, obviously featuring horns, but notice how the tone is softened and lent a 'shimmer' by doubled strings. The melody is on flute, oboes, clarinets, and cellos in octaves.

Jean Sibelius: Symphony 5 (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony SMK 66234)
Allegro molto 8 after N:
Melody in octave strings, with woodwind accompaniment. The colours change as horns are added and the music starts to swell.

Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony SK45796)
Figs 11-12:
Woodwind with piccolo trumpet (and string harmonics).

Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony SK45796)
Fig. 62:
Strings building, brass and woodwind joinging in.

Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony SK573274)
Fig. 158-160:
Chords: strings and woodwinds, followed by brass with strings pizzicato.

Gustav Holst: The Planets: Mercury (Philharmonia/Gardiner
DG445 860-2)
8 before IX:
Woodwind, horns and strings in rhythmic unison and close harmony.

Gustav Mahler: Symphony 5 (Philharmonia/Zander
Telarc 2CD-80569)
MI b393-400:
Low woodwind and brass accompany high cellos and basses.

Gustav Mahler: Symphony 5 (Philharmonia/Zander
Telarc 2CD-80569)
M2 b.213-221:
Melody: horns in octaves. Countermelody: cellos. Accompaniment: flutes, clarinets, violins (2nds pizz) and muted trumpets

Edward Elgar: Symphony 1 (Philharmonia/Haitink
EMI CDC 7 47673 2)
Fig. 45:
Trombones, doubled by bassoons and strings, with horns doubled by cor anglais.

Edward Elgar: Symphony 1 (Philharmonia/Haitink
EMI CDC 7 47673 2)
Fig. 137:
Melody in violas, horn and bassoon in unison.

Wind, Brass & Others

Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony SK573274)
>Fig. 64-66:
Woodwind with brass and piano.

Maurice Ravel: Bolero (Philharmonia/Maazel
EMI CDE 7 677812)
Fig. 8:
Horn, celesta and two piccolos in octaves

Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo (Love the Magician): Introduction y Escena (Philharmonia/Giulini
EMI CDM 69037 2)
opening:
Trumpets, flutes, oboes and piano in unison.

Claude Debussy: La Mer (Philharmonia/Cantelli
Testament SBT 1011)
II Fig. 18:
Trumpets and glockenspiel with woodwind.

Wind, Percussion, Strings

Magnus Lindberg: Cantigas (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony Classical SK 89810)
bb. 193-196:
Bass clarinet, bassoons and contra, with percussion (bass drum, timps, tam-tam) and low strings.

Magnus Lindberg: Fresco (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony Classical SK 89810)
bb. 001-011:
High bassoons, strings sul tasto and bowed vibraphone.

Wind, Others, Strings

Gustav Holst: The Planets: Mars (Philharmonia/Gardiner
DG445 860-2)
3 before XI:
Strings, woodwind and organ lead into strings with brass.

Gustav Holst: The Planets: Saturn (Philharmonia/Gardiner
DG445 860-2)
opening:
Flutes (including bass flute) and harp harmonics. Tune in the double basses.

Manuel de Falla: El Sombrero de Tres Picos (The Three-cornered Hat): Farruca (Philharmonia/Giulini
EMI CDM 69037 2)
Fig. 2:
Strings with woodwind and harp - a classic 'Spanish' style accompaniment.

Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo (Love the Magician): Introduction y Escena (Philharmonia/Giulini
EMI CDM 69037 2)
Fig. 29:
Trills passed around strings, woodwind and piano.

Magnus Lindberg: Cantigas (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony Classical SK 89810)
bb. 173-183:
High woodwind with crotales, bell tree, celeste, piano, and high strings.

Magnus Lindberg: Fresco (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony Classical SK 89810)
bb. 326-340:
Wind, strings and piano.

Claude Debussy: La Mer (Philharmonia/Cantelli
Testament SBT 1011)
I Fig. 2:
Wind in octaves, doubled by harp and then muted strings tremolando.

Claude Debussy: La Mer (Philharmonia/Cantelli
Testament SBT 1011)
III Fig. 54:
Oboe and flute in unison, with harps and strings playing in artificial harmonics.

Brass, Percussion, Strings

Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony SK573274)
Fig. 240-242:
Trombone, tuba, cellos and basses in unsion, with timps.

Gustav Holst: The Planets: Mars (Philharmonia/Gardiner
DG445 860-2)
Fig. XII :
Strings, brass and percussion. The dramatic ending of 'Mars'.

Magnus Lindberg: Cantigas (Philharmonia/Salonen
Sony Classical SK 89810)
bb. 248-252:
Percussion accompaniment to strings and brass.

Brass, Others, Strings

Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo (Love the Magician): El circulo magico (Philharmonia/Giulini
EMI CDM 69037 2)
opening:
Muted trombones with violas and piano.

Others, Percussion, Strings

Claude Debussy: Nocturnes 2: Fetes (Philharmonia/Cantelli
Testament SBT 101)
Fig. 4:
A simulated guitar, with pizzicato low strings, harp and timps.

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