Monday, October 10, 2011

Orchestral Arrangements of Famous Non-orchestral Works

This playlist is an answer to Piano Transcriptions of Famous Symphonic Works. It includes:

Debussy's 24 Préludes, orchestrated by Colin Matthews; Tchaikovsky's Mozartiana (orchestrations of Mozart piano pieces); Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, orchestrated by Harold Byrns (friend of Alma Mahler); Schubert Lieder orchestrated by Britten, Brahms, Reger, Berlioz, Liszt, Webern and Offenbach; Weber's Invitation to the Dance orchestrated by Berlioz. Brahms's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, orchestrated by Edmund Rubbra; Satie orchestrated by Debussy and Poulenc; Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy arranged for piano and orchestra by Liszt; Schumann's Fantasy in C major orchestrated by Hans Zender; Grieg's Lyric Pieces orchestrated by the composer; string orchestra arrangement of Beethoven's late quartets; and many other curiosities.

Here's the Spotify playlist: Orchestration As Adaptation (209 tracks, total time: 18 hours). Press Ctrl (CMD)+G to browse in album view. Recommendations are welcome.

Did I forget something? Oh yes, Pictures At An Exhibition, orchestrated by master colourist Ravel.


  1. Excellent thoughts for orchestral planning of well-known Non-orchestral mechanism!! People enjoyed using these themes and posts. Thanks :)

  2. Thanks very much for these? I'm still looking for the orchestration of Chopin's 24 preludes, perhaps done by Balakirev. I heard it years ago and it was a hoot. But I've tried several times over the years to find the recording to no avail. Have you heard them or heard of them?
    I can't wait to listen to your list. Thanks again for thinking of this subgenre and for choosing the tracks and setting all of this up.

  3. Thanks, I added Balakirev's Chopin Suite, and will add the orchestration if 24 preludes when I find them.

  4. Marius Constant arranged Ravel's "Gaspard de la nuit" - it's on YouTube conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

    I hope you can find this recording and add it to your list... PS - your blog and lists on are a great find for a lovers of music of any period and genre....