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Blue Rondo la Turk

Blue Rondo
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"Blue Rondo à la Turk" is a jazz standard composition by Dave Brubeck. It appeared on the album Time Out in 1959. It is written in 9/8 and swing 4/4. Brubeck heard the unusual "1-2 1-2 1-2 1-2-3" rhythm being performed by Turkish musicians on the street. Upon asking the musicians where they got the rhythm from, one of them replied "This rhythm is to us, what the blues is to you." Hence the title "Blue Rondo à la Turk". The piece is sometimes incorrectly assumed to be based on the Mozart composition "Rondo alla Turca." In 2003, during an interview, Dave Brubeck commented that "I should've just called it 'Blue Rondo', because the title just seemed to confuse people

Arranged for full concert band by Geoff Kingston this great jazz classic, with its driving 9/8 rhythms and schmaltzy swing sections, is a must for the concert platform. Full of interest to your audience and musicians alike it is sure to be one of the highlights of the programme.

ComposerDave Brubeck
ArrangerGeoff Kingston
CategoryConcert Band
DurationCirca 4 mins 20 secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 3.5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
Flutes 1-2
Oboes 1-2
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophones 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bassoons 1-2
Horns in F 1-2
Horns in F 3-4
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Drum Kit
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Product Code: SM0390

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