Grandpa's Spells--Woodwind Quintet score & parts

ebook Ragtime

By Francesco Leone

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Dive into the heart of early jazz with "Grandpa's Spells," a classic ragtime masterpiece by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, now beautifully adapted for Woodwind Quintet by Francesco Leone. This intermediate-level arrangement brings the infectious rhythms and pioneering spirit of Morton's composition to the woodwind ensemble, allowing musicians to explore the rich textures and vibrant energy of early American jazz.
The eBook provides the full score and seven parts for a traditional woodwind quintet lineup: Flute, Oboe, B-flat Clarinet, French Horn in F, and Bassoon. Leone's arrangement meticulously preserves the original's playful melodies and syncopated rhythms, ensuring an engaging and authentic ragtime experience that is both challenging and enjoyable for intermediate musicians.
To ensure the arrangement's versatility and adaptability to different ensemble configurations, alternative parts are included for E-flat Horn and B-flat Bass Clarinet, offering substitutions for the French Horn and Bassoon parts. These alternatives allow ensembles to tailor the piece to their unique strengths and instrument availability, enhancing the overall performance.
An audio demonstration, available on, provides an excellent reference for ensembles to familiarize themselves with the tempo, style, and character of Leone's arrangement. This demo is an invaluable tool for rehearsal and individual practice, helping musicians achieve a cohesive and spirited rendition of "Grandpa's Spells."
"Grandpa's Spells" arranged for woodwind quintet is more than a piece of music; it's an invitation to explore the roots of jazz through the expressive capabilities of woodwind instruments. Whether for performance, educational purposes, or the sheer joy of playing, this eBook promises to bring the lively atmosphere of ragtime to life, offering a unique and enriching musical journey for woodwind musicians and their audiences.
Grandpa's Spells--Woodwind Quintet score & parts