Hour of Parting, The


Whilst never commercially recorded by the Miller band because the chart's playing time was too long to fit onto a 78rpm record, The Hour of Parting was an often played number in the Miller book. The original exquisite arrangement was by Bill Finegan and featured Tex Beneke's tenor. We have recreated it here for you, though have expanded the brass to eight voices from the original six, whilst retaining the feel of the original. The as-played solos for Tenor, Trombone and Trumpet are written out in full and the reeds are scored for CATTB/A. Miller's original section was CAATT, though a later version was CATT and Baritone doubling Alto. The Baritone was introduced to add depth to the unison sax melody line before the bridge, though your player can stay on Alto throughout if preferred. This is a hauntingly beautiful chart which deserves a place in the band library of any lover of Miller.

Part Number
Arranged by
Bill Finegan
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Glenn Miller
5 minutes
Trumpets 1-4
C6, A5, F5, D5
Trombones 1-4
A4, F4, Db4, Bb3

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