The Orchestralist Easier Repertoire List

For Youth, Community, and Non-Major College Orchestras

The works below are considered appropriate for youth, community, and non-major college orchestras by those individuals who contributed them. These persons, mostly conductors, are all subscribers of Orchestralist, the Internet mailing list for the orchestra professional. The submissions have not been independently verified for appropriateness; however, they should provide a good starting point for repertoire research.

Concertos were originally excluded from this list, since they are usually recommended by the soloist, not the conductor looking for repertoire, however some might be listed if they can be done by a good regular member of the orchestra.

If you have any further suggestions or corrections, please contact Herb Gellis.

AkpobotThree Nigerian DancesFor string orchestra and timpani
Albert, AdrienneCourage Robert Wendel Music
AlbinoniAdagio in G minorneeds organ
Anderson, BethMinnesota SwaleChamber orchestra; wind solos (hard)
Arnold, MalcolmFour Scottish Dances Novello/Paterson
 Peterloo: Overture Faber
Bach, C.P.ESymphony No. 3 in C-Major, w. 182 
Bach, J.S.Little Fugue in G MinorArr. by Cailliet
 Brandenburg Concertos 
 Cantata No. 29: Sinfoniasolo organ
 Orchestral Suites 
Bacon, ErnstErie Waters, suite Fleisher Collection
 Elegie for Oboe and Strings Fleisher Collection
 The Muffin Man G. Schirmer
BartokHungarian PicturesIf you have a good 1st clarinet
 Rumanian Dances 
Bathory-Kitsz, DennisSourian SlideString OrchestraWestleaf Edition
BeethovenCoriolan Overture 
 Creatures of Prometheus Overture 
 Egmont Overture 
 Egmont Overturearr. by Sopkin
 Fidelio Overture 
 King Stephen Overture 
 Symphony no. 1 
 Symphony no. 2 
 Symphony no. 5High trombones!
 Symphony no. 6, i & vNeeds good horns
 Symphony no. 7, ii 
BerliozDamnation of Faust, selections 
 Marche Hongroise 
 Symphonie Fantastique, iv ("March to the Scaffold") 
Bernofsky, LaurenOde to a Forgotten Past
BiberBattaglia (strings only) 
Biggs, JohnLittle Suite(2222,22 timp, str, 2 solo violins) 17 min.Consort Press
BizetL'Arlesienne suites 
 Carmen suitesSome movements harder than others
 Jeux d'Enfant, Op. 22 
 La jolie fille de Perth: Scenes Bohemiennes 
 Symphony in C, ii 
BorodinOn the Stepps of Central Asia 
 Polovtsian Dances 
 Symphony no. 2, i & iv 
 Symphony no. 3Movement in 5/8
BrahmsAcademic Festival OvertureDifficult original. See arr. by Lesem
 German Requiem: How lovely is Thy dwelling placechorus
 Hungarian Dances (selections) 
 Symphony No. 2Difficult
 Tragic OvertureDifficult
BrittenSoirees Musicales 
BruchSwedish DancesLike Brahms' Hungarian Dances
ButterworthOn the Banks of Green Willow 
 Two English IdyllsChamber Orchestra
Cage4'33" (orch. version)Some arr. more difficult than others ;-)
ChabrierSuite Pastorale: Danse Villegoise 
CimarosaOverture to the Secret MarriageGood classical overture
Clarke, J. (arr.)King of Denmark's March 
CoplandDown a Country Laney 
 John Henry 
 Our TownMusic from the motion picture
 Outdoor Overture 
 Rodeo: Dance Episodes2 solo violins and solo cello
 Shaker Variations 
CorelliChristmas ConcertoStrings only
 Concerto Op. 6, no. 4Strings only, easier than Xmas Concerto
Corigliano, JohnElegy for Orchestra G. Schirmer
CowellHymn and Fuging TuneThere are more than one of these, one is for strings
Dankworth, J.Tom Sawyer's SaturdayWith narrator
DebussyEngulfed CathedralArranged from solo piano
 Petite SuiteArranged from piano duet
DelibesPrelude and Mazurka, from Coppelia 
Deussen, Nancy BloomerReflections on the Hudson Robert Wendel Music
DvorakSuite in A, "American"Movements 2&3 perhaps harder
 Czech Suite 
 Slavonic Dancesop. 46, No. 1&2, e.g.
 Symphony no. 6 
 Symphony no. 8 
 Symphony no. 9, i & iv 
ElgarPomp and Circumstance March, nos. 2 and 4 
 Severn suite 
Elizondo, JoseDanzas Latinoamericanas
 Leyenda del Quetzal y la Serpiente
Erickson, FrankToccata for orchestracomposer's arr. of Toccata for band
de FallaEl Amor BrujoPortions
FaureDolly suite 
 Masques et Bergamasques suite 
 Pavanechamber orchestra through horns; opt. chorus
 Pelleas and Melisande: Suite 
FlowtowOverture to Stradella 
Frank, RobertIn the Upper Room 
B. GallupiL'Eroe Cinese Ricordi
Gellis, HerbShort Symphony on Eastern Modes Harmonic Services Group
GershwinAn American in Paris, suitearr. by Whitney
 Porgy and Bess: MedleyChorus
GlazunovScenes de Ballet 
 Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture 
GluckIphigenia in Aulus: Overture 
 Orpheus Overture 
GouldAmerican Salute 
GoldmarkRustic Wedding Symphony 
GottschalkSouvenir de Porto Rico 
Gould, MortonAmerican Salute 
GounodBallet Music from Faust 
 Funeral March of the Marionette 
 Petite SymphonieGreat piece for nine winds
GraingerIrish Tune from County DerryGreat arrangement of "Danny Boy"
Gresham, MarkThe Embrace Lux Nova Press
GriegIn Autumn, op. 11 
 Norwegian Dances 
 Peer Gynt suitessome are difficult
 Sigurd Jorsalfar: Homage March 
 Symphonic Dances 
 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen 
GrofeMississippi Suite 
HandelEntrance of the Queen of Sheba  
 Music for the Royal Fireworksthe orig. or as arr. by MacKerras for full orchestra
 Prelude and Fugue in D-Minorarr. by Kindler
 Water Musicthe orig. or as arr. by Hamilton Harty
HansenSymphony no. 2Difficult
 SymphoniesMany are playable
HaymanPops Hoe-Down 
Herbert, VictorMarch of the Toys (Babes in Toyland) 
HeroldOverture to Zampa 
HindemithEinleitungsstueck and Quodlibet from Ploener Musiktag 
 Minimax: Repertory for Military Music Strings only. Schott ED 6734 
HolstFirst Suite, in E-flatarr. by Gordon Jacobs
 Second Suite, in Farr. by Adam Kent
Horwood, MichaelAmusement Park Suite Canadian Music Centre
Hovhannes, AlanAnd God Created Great Whales, op. 229 No. 1 Editions Peters
IvesFugue from Symphony No. 4 (adapted from String Quartet No. 1) 
Jenkins, KarlPalladio: Concerto Grosso for Strings 
Jones, SamuelIn Retrospect 
 Overture for a City 
Joplin, ScottThe Easy Winnersarr. by Schuller
 The Entertainersarr. by Schuller
 Maple Leaf Ragarr. by Schuller
Kalinnikov, VassiliOverture to Tsar Boris 
Kimmel, CorlissDenali Seasons Harmonic Services Group
Kodaly, ZoltanHarry Janos: Intermezzo 
KorngoldTheme and Variations 
Lamb, John DavidDelights and Fancies
Lecuona, E.Andalucia Suite: Andalucia, Gitanerias, Malaguenaarr. by Gould or Grofe
 La Comparsaarr. by Gould
Levin, AndrewFlourishing
Liadov, AnatoleEight Russian Folk SongsGreat music - no trbs
Liszt, FranzLes PreludesDifficult
Locke, JessicaReading of the Names 9/11: The Firefighterswith or without chorus
Lofstrom, DougThe Woodcarver's Daughter: Suite 
Mahler, GustavBlumine 
MarquezDanzon No. 2 
Mascagni, PietroIntermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana 
Mendelssohn, FelixHebrides Overture 
 A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March and Nocturne 
 Symphony No. 5 (finale)Some hard violin and woodwind passages
Milhaud, DariusSuite Francaise 
Mixon, KevinCrescent City Collage Belwin
MonteverdiOrfeo: Toccata and Ritornelloarr. by Peress
Mozart, Leopold"Toy" SymphonyPreviously attributed to Haydn
Mozart, W.A.Bastien and BastienneOpera for 3 young voices and young orchestra
 Divertimento, K. 138Strings only; easiest of the three (K. 136 - 8)
 Idomeneo OvertureWith various concert endings (incl. on by Reinecke)
 Impresario Overture 
 La Clemenza di Tito Overture 
 Magic Flute Overture 
 Sieben Menuette K. 65aStrings only (Kalmus)
 Symphonies, in generalMany are playable
 Symphony no. 29An edition by Beecham is good for younger groups
MussorgskyKhovantchina: Introduction 
 Night on Bald Mountainarr. by Carl Simpson
 Pictures at an Exhibition, Parts I and Vorch. by Carl Simpson
Nicolai, OttoOverture to The Merry Wives of Windsor 
Offenbach, JacquesOrpheus in the Underworld: OvertureDifficult string solos
Ott, DavidFanfare 2000 Park Press
Piston, WalterThe Incredible Flutist: Suite G. Schirmer
Prokofiev, SergeLt. KijeDifficult
 Romeo and Juliet: Montagues and Capulets 
PurcellAbdelezar: Suite 
 Voluntary for Two Trumpets and Orchestraarr. by Levin
 The Virtuous Wife SuiteStrings only. Schott, # 5818
Raff, JoachimSinfoniettaFor woodwinds: 2222 2000
Raspa, NickOn The Lake
Ravel, MauricePavane pour une infante defunte 
Re, PeterA Festive Overture 
Reed, AlfredAmerican SketchesAmericana
 Festival Prelude 
 Russian Christmas Music(has many mistakes)
Reinberger, JThe Star of BethlehemS, B solos and chorus
Reznicek, E. vonOverture to Donna Dianacounting problems for winds and timpanist
Rimsky-KorsakoffFantasia on Serbian Themes, Op. 6 
 Overture on Russian Themes, Op. 28 
  Pan VoyevodaKrakowiak movement hardBreitkopf & Haertel
 Polonaise from La Nuit de Noel 
 Russian Easter OvertureHard trombones
 Sadko, Op. 5, orchestral fantasy 
 Sinfonietta on Russian Themes, Op. 31 
 Symphony No. 1, in E-minornew corrected edition available...Harmonic Services Group
 Skazka (Russian Fairy Tale) 
Rodgers, RichardVictory at Sea (selections) 
RossiniAn Italienne in Algiers: Overture 
 Barber of Seville: Overture 
 Semiramide: Overture 
 William Tell: Overture 
Rush, TraceySpirit of Freedom Fountain Park Music Publishing
Saint-SaensCarnival of the Animals 
 Danse MacabreNeeds good solo vn, ww and xylophonist
 Samson and Delilah: Bacchanale 
 Symphony No. 3, finale (2nd half of 2nd mvmt.)Organ
SchubertRosamunde Overture and Ballet Music 
 Symphonies, except the Great C Major 
SchumannSymphony No. 1, "Spring": Scherzo 
Scurria, AmyBlessings of Liberty
ShostakovichBallet Suite no. 1Now available for rent
 Festive OvertureDifficult
 Karelia Suite 
 Pelleas and Melisande 
 Spring Song, op. 16some transposed parts available from Harmonic Services Group
Sinding, ChristianSymphony No. 1, 1st mvmt.the whole symphony "should be" doable
SmetanaBartered Bride: Three Dances 
SousaMany of the marchese.g., El Capitan, Liberty Bell (theme from Monty Python TV show), Stars and Stripes Forever, Washington Post
Spohr, LudwigConcerto for String Quartet and Orchestra 
 Symphony No. 3 
Still, William GrantSymphony No. 1, Afro-American 
Strauss, Johann Jr.Anna's Polka 
 Artist's Life, Op. 316 
 Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 316 
 Delirious Waltz 
 Emperor Waltz, Op. 437 
 Perpetuum mobile 
 Pizzicato Polka 
 Roses from the South 
 Tales from the Vienna Woods 
 Thunder & Lightning Polka 
 Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214 
 Thunder & Lightning Polka 
 Vienna Blood, Op. 354 
 Vienna Bonbons, Op. 307 
 Voices of Springopt. soprano
 Suggestion: polkas are easier than the waltzes 
Strauss, Johann Sr.Radetzky March 
StravinskyFirebird: Berceuse and Finale 
 Suites for Small Orchestra Chester Novello
SullivanH.M.S. Pinafore: Overture 
 Pirates of Penzance: Overture 
Suolahti, H.Sinfonia Piccola 
TchaikovskyCapriccio Italien 
 Marche Slave 
 Nutcracker Suite, selectionsSome are playable
 Polonaise from Eugene Onegin 
 Suite no. 4 ("Mozartiana") 
 Swan Lake: Suitesome parts are playable
 Symphony No. 2
Thomson, V.Suite from The River Peermusic
TorelliChristmas ConcertoStrings only
Vaughan WilliamsEnglish Folk Song Suitearr by Gordon Jacobs
 Prelude to "49th Parallel" 
VerdiAida: Hymn and Triumphal March 
 La Traviata: Prelude to Acts I and II 
 Nabucco Overture 
VivaldiConcerto in Sol Minore "Per L'Orchestra di Dresda", F.XII No.3 features 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 bsn, vlnRicordi Volume 25
 Sinfonia in Si Minore "Al Santo Sepolchro", F.XI no.7no organ or hpschd. Only 6 min.Ricordi Volume 22
WagnerDie Meistersinger: Prelude 
 Siegfried IdyllDifficult
 Tannhauser: Arrival of the Guests at Wartburg 
WaltonCrown Imperial MarchArr by Stone
WarlockCapriol SuiteStrings only (1926) or full orchestra (1928)
Warshauer, MeiraBeyond the Horizon Kol Meira Publications
 Like Streams in the DesertDifficult
WebberPhantom of the OperaCuster arrangement
WeberInvitation to the Dancearr. Berlioz
Wendel, BobCommemoration Robert Wendel Music
Whitfield, Ralph W. Jr.Adagio and Allegro
Wolking, HenrySymphony No. 2Difficult

Last updated May 27, 2012

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