Nostalgia

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The Turn of The Century

AN OLD FASHIONED SUMMER

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A musical "recollection" of summer in simpler times. Includes: School Days, In The Good Old SummerTime, Sidewalks Of New York, Bicycle Built For Two, Take Me Out To The Ball Game and By The Sea in a concert-overture setting.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:00
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

"UNDER THE BIG TOP"

by Robert Wendel
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Description: Bring on the trapeze artists, the elephants, dogs and ponies and, of course, the clowns! They are all here in this new medley that's sure to be fun for all!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/2/3/1 Timpani, 3 percussion, and strings
Duration:6:25
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:Commissioned by The Houston Symphony and Michael Krajewski. Premiered May 24th, 2006.

THE ORIGINAL RAGTIME BAND

by Berlin & Joplin, arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Celebrate the birth of Ragtime with Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band in combination with Joplin's Ragtime Dance, The Entertainer, and of course, The Maple Leaf Rag.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, piano, and strings
Duration:3:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE SAINT LOUIS BLUES

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: The birth of the Blues in an all new, down and dirty version of this American classic starting with a simple "stripper's" beat and ending in an all-stops-out finale.
Comments: "...the piece de resistance...a deliciously decadent arrangement" — The Columbus Dispatch
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

SAINT BAILEY'S RAG

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A Dixieland-style march made from When the Saint's Go Marching In, Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey, and 12th Street Rag. A perennial Cincinnati Pops Encore!
Comments: "...[he] threw in everything but the kitchen sink...great fun!" — The Portland Press Herald
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

The 30's & 40's

SWING, LUDWIG, SWING!

by Robert Wendel
Description: Here is a salute to Beethoven's 5th and 9th Symphonies in the style of Benny Goodman's swing classic "Sing, Sing, Sing." For some 2 decades now, this selection has never failed to bring audiences to their feet yelling and cheering (and asking where they can buy the track!) which is now available on Amazon.com.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: The famous fiddler's tune about an old time steam train with bits of Choo-Choo Charlie, Flight of the Bumble Bee, I've Been Working On The RailRoad, and Chattanooga Choo-Choo. All aboard!
Comments: "I believe the hit of the evening was the "Orange Blossom Special", featuring the country music style of the "fiddle section" of the orchestra." — The Rapid City Journal
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:10
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

The 50's

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: The song by Bill Haley and His Comets that started the whole Rock-and-Roll phenomenon, with humorous interruptions by Mozart, Beethoven, and the 1812 Overture!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:00 [ASCAP]
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

"WHEN TV WAS YOUNG"

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description This trip back in time includes the themes from Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Honeymooners, The Lone Ranger, I Love Lucy, and the "N-B-C" signature!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:40 [ASCAP]
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

BACK TO THE FIFTIES!

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A great nostalgia trip through the ever-changing music of the 50's including "Mister Sandman", "The Great Pretender", Academy-Award winning "Que Sera-Sera", "Sh-Boom Sh-Boom", and the original 'party' song, "Tequila!"
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2[2nd doubles tenor sax]/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, opt piano, and strings
Duration:5:45 [ASCAP]
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

MILK and HONEY

by Jerry Herman
arranged and orchestrated by Hershey Kay
Description Milk & Honey Fanfares, Shalom, Independence Day Hora, Let's Not Waste A Moment, That Was Yesterday, Milk & Honey.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

GOLDILOCKS

by Leroy Anderson
Description: A lost "gem" has now been resurrected at long last! This is the Overture from Leroy Anderson's one-and-only Broadway Show, revised and reorchestrated by the composer, and edited for standard Symphony orchestra by Robert Wendel and approved by the Anderson family.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/2/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2 percussion, harp [opt], and strings
Duration:4:35
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

GYPSY

by Jule Styne & Stephen Sondheim
Description: Possibly the best Broadway Overture ever written, and certainly ranked along with "Mame" and "Candide" as among the top 3, now available for standard symphony pops orchestra, with original sax parts available as optional extras. Fanfare, Everything's Coming Up Roses, You'll Never Get Away From Me, Small World Isn't It, The Strippers' Music, Mister Goldstone. As heard on the original cast album.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+Opt B Cl/2 (opt 3 saxes doubling) - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:50
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:This selection has been recorded by Carl Topilow and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra..

The 60's

SURF'S UP!

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: The Beach Boys first three big hits: Surfin', Surfer Girl, and Surfin' Safari, complete with an orchestral tidal wave and the drum set solo from "Wipe Out".
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:00
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

PROTEST & HOPE

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A medley of some of the 60's favorite folk songs sure to bring back many memories and designed for an "impromptu" sing-along. Also a great tribute in memory of the late Pete Seeger.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:4:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE FLINTSTONES MEET THE JETSONS

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Two of television most famous cartoon families meet face-to-face in a virtuoso medley guaranteed to delight adults and children alike.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

HELLO DOLLY! (1996 version)

by Jerry Herman
Description: Put On Your Sunday Clothes, It Only Takes A Moment, Before The Parade Passes By, Hello Dolly (Jerry Herman's favorite version, arranged by Don Pippin and brilliantly orchestrated by Larry Blank).
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:40
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:This is NOT the version recorded on the Varese-Serabande "New Broadway Cast" recording issued prior to the 1994 Broadway revival.

MAME

by Jerry Herman
Description: Ranked along side "Gypsy" and "Candide" as among the best of the broadway overtures. Fanfare, Open A New Window, My Best Girl, If He Walked Into My Life, That's How Young I feel, and Mame. As heard on the original cast album.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, opt Banjo, and strings
Duration:4:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

The 70's

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Medley)

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Rocky turns 40 this year! A midnight showing cult-classic film for 40 years now, revived on Broadway in 2000, featured in the TV show "Glee" in 2010, and touring nearly constantly around the world, and available for symphony orchestra at last! Reach out to your younger audiences with this Rock-oriented show score. Songs include: Science Fiction Double Feature, Damn It Janet, Over At The Frankenstein Place, Hot Patootie Bless My Soul, and of course, LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap set, Mark Tree, Xylophone, Glock, Chimes, Tam-Tam and Bass Drum, opt Piano, and Strings
Duration:5:45
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:A student orchestra string set with Vln 1, Vln, 2, Violin 3/Viola, Cello and Bass parts available on request.

THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description Here is the theme song from the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York, composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb. Perfect for a Hollywood Music concert or any big band tribute concert it can also be used as a great tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

MOVIN' OUT (Billy Joel Medley)

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: It's back! A medley of Billy Joel songs including "Movin' Out," "Just The Way You Are," "Uptown Girl," and "Big Shot" all used in the Broadway Show "Movin' Out" conceived by Twila Tharp. This medley was originally commissioned by the Cincinnati Pops for Erich Kunzel and the copyright holders have given us permission to make it available on a limited basis to other orchestras as well.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+ B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Set, Glock, Chimes, Xylophone, Vibes, Triangle, Bass Drum, Piatti, Tambourine, Cabassa, Mark Tree, guitar[opt], bass guitar[opt], piano[opt], and Strings. OPTIONAL: SATB chorus and/or 1-3 soloists.
Duration:6:35
Rental Fee:$300/+$150/+&75 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

The 80's

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

by Jerry Herman
Description: Motif Fanfares, La Cage Aux Folles, With Anne On My Arm, Song On The Sand, I Am What I Am, The Best Of Times Is Now. This is the album overture version, with a concert finale added by Robert Wendel and personally authorized by Jerry Herman.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

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