Moonlight Sonata


Moonlight Sonata is a much underrated chart from the Glenn Miller book but one that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. It naturally features your pianist. The arrangement builds on Beethoven's work for solo Piano, and adds layers of rich texture and voicing in the way that only the Miller band could. We have written out the Piano part in full, and the solo in the lead Tenor part too, plus all of the dynamics and articulations needed to enable you to recreate the original sound.Apart from the Piano part this is not a technically difficult piece to perform. The brass ranges are moderate, the lead Trumpet only reaching a B, but there are a number of Sax doubles. Altos and Tenors all double Clarinets and the Baritone doubles Alto Sax and Bass Clarinet, although we have cued in notes for Baritone at the appropriate places, should your Bari player not have a Bass Clarinet available. A wonderful concert piece, or late-night closer.

Part Number
Arranged by
Bill Finegan
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Glenn Miller
3 mins 50 secs
Trumpets 1-4
B5 G#5, E#5, D#4
Trombones 1-4
B4, F#4, D#4, A3

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