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    What are your favourite 4-5 minute long orchestral works? I might get the opportunity to conduct a piece of that length, so I am looking for suggestions. Ideally the piece uses a full orchestra, is in the public domain, and would be interesting to conduct.

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    "In the Night" by Ernest Bloch

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    Bernstein - Slava! (3-4 minutes)
    Stravinsky - Tango (3-4 minutes)
    Mieczyslaw Weinberg - 12 Miniatures (each between 1-2 minutes you could choose 3 or 4)

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    Mozart: Ouvertures to Figaro, Cosi, Schauspieldirektor might be short enough.
    Beethoven: Prometheus Ouverture
    Mendelssohn: Scherzo, Notturno or Intermezzo from Midsummer night's dream (you probably do not want the Wedding march)
    Berlioz: Rakoczy March or will-o-wisp dance (a kind of minuet) from Faust
    Smetana: The Bartered Bride Ouverture
    one of the Slavonic dances by Dvorak
    A piece from an orchestral suite, such as Grieg's Peer Gynt or Shostakovich's "Jazz" or Film suites
    Stravinsky: Scherzo a la russe, Circus Polka

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    Franz Schmidt's Intermezzo from Notre Dame would make an interesting choice imo.

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    The menuetto from Beethoven's 8th.
    Magic Flute or Figaro overture.
    Beatrice et Benedick overture.
    Maxwell Davies' Orkney Wedding With sunrise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Franz Schmidt's Intermezzo from Notre Dame would make an interesting choice imo.
    Wholeheartedly endorsing this one.
    Or maybe some Elgar? Sospiri or Elegy - but of course that's for String Orchestra. Or one of the lesser known P&C marches, 2, 3 or 5?
    Bruckner perhaps, one of the 4 early pieces for orchestra?
    Sibelius? A movement form the Karalia Suite, or the Andante Festivo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Franz Schmidt's Intermezzo from Notre Dame would make an interesting choice imo.
    I love that piece, but it's very difficult to play and conduct. All the "Hungarianisms" are a challenge for the conductor to get the strings to do together. It is a beautiful work that needs to be better known.

    What's your skill level as a conductor? That will make a difference.

    Gliere: Russian Sailor's Dance
    Strauss: Thunder and LIghtning Polka
    Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Tumblers from The Snow Maiden
    Lyadov: Baba Yaga
    Dvorak: Slavonic Dance op 72 no 2
    "It is surprising how easily one can become used to bad music" - F. Mendelssohn

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    Granville Bantock - The Sea Reivers


    A perfect short showpiece!

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    I think it really depends on the level of performers.

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    Prelude and Toccata from Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin are magical (Toccata as orchestrated by Zoltan Kocsis).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkt8T38aaMw

    Scriabin's Reverie is a nice piece as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD8bX0cfIiQ

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    Liadov -- Village Scene By the Inn

    Duparc -- Aux Etoiles

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    - Rachmaninov - Scherzo for Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGyx5NF2YIQ
    - Stravinsky - Fireworks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWOAu_T5DuI
    - Stravinsky - Variations for Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz5TEbH9Hok
    - Mozart - March K249 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtNjnlknorA
    - Lutoslawski - Postlude no.I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSnu0Ku-Tys
    - Shostakovich - Scherzo op.7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n5X8ltM-l4
    - Weber - Abu Hassan Ouverture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuS4jnE742I
    - Mosolov - Iron Foundry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq1-_UPwYSM
    - Langgaard - Drapa, On the Death of Edvard Grieg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocyF0BJwD9c
    - Rakov - Piano Concerto no.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFxkODkr3D4
    - Langgaard - Symphony no.11 "Ixion"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vtb...QBh83t7ANdXGZM
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    David Patterson has done some interesting pieces, each around 4 to 5 minutes:

    The Hermit Thrush Orchestra Plays Bill Evans

    The Hermit Thrush Orchestra Plays Vivaldi

    and this one: The Hermit Thrush Orchestra Plays Erik Satie

    Last edited by SONNET CLV; Nov-12-2021 at 23:19.

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