I'm Always Chasing Rainbows


Recorded by Helen Forrest with the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1940, this melodious tune was originally composed by Chopin (Fantasie-Impromptu Op.66) and then adapted and performed by numerous artists including Goodman, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich. The melody is one of those that sticks in the mind, and naturally lends itself to arrangement. This chart is scored for female vocal plus full big band - we have augmented the Brass to 8 voices from the original 5. The arrangement opens in Db, with the Trombones taking the melody, modulates to Eb for the vocal chorus and further modulates to Bb for the final band shout. The reeds are scored for CATTB though we have included an optional Alto 2 part (a transposition of the Tenor 1 part) which then allows one of your Tenor players to take the Clarinet part instead of your lead Alto.

Part Number
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Helen Forrest
2 mins 50 secs
Trumpets 1-4
C6, A5, G5, F5
Trombones 1-4
Bb4, G4, G4, C4
Easy / Medium
Vocal Ranges
Bb3 - C5 (9 steps as sung)
Vocal Key

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