Old MacDonald


This chart has been transcribed from the Nelson Riddle arrangement on Sinatra's album "Sinatra's Swingin' Session". It is a "builder", and it builds up with style too. Nelson Riddle took this simple children's nursery rhyme tune and created a swinging masterpiece. The chart opens in the key of E, and modulates chromatically to the final key of A, all the while adding layers of backing from the band. Rhythm, then Saxes, thenTrombones, then add some solo Trumpet fills, then the full band, all the while building the intensity up to a rip-roaring finish. This chart will be a real crowd pleaser. We have graded it as advanced, as the brass ranges are quite high. Lead Trumpet to high F#, 2nd to high F# in one of the "as played" solo fills, and lead Trombone to B. Aside from the range issue, the chart is not hard to play. We have also written out the Piano line for the first 16 measures, to match the original. There are no sax doubles, and the 4th Trombone is Bass.

Part Number
Arranged by
Nelson Riddle
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Frank Sinatra
2 mins 35 secs
Trumpets 1-4
F#6, F#6, A#5, F#5
Trombones 1-4
B4, F#4, E4, C#4,
Vocal Ranges
B2 - E4 (11 steps, as sung)

PDF Icon