Con Brio

Con Brio

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Composer Nelhybel, Vaclav
Arranger Upham, David
Instumentation Full Orchestra
Grade 4
Duration

7:00

Genre Concert Music
Series

The Vaclav Nelhybel Edition

Included Parts

Piccolo
1st Flute
2nd Flute
1st Oboe
2nd Oboe
1st Bb Clarinet
2nd Bb Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
1st Bassoon
2nd Bassoon
1st F Horn
2nd F Horn
3rd F Horn
4th F Horn
1st Bb Trumpet
2nd Bb Trumpet
3rd Bb Trumpet
1st Trombone
2nd Trombone
3rd Trombone
Tuba
Snare Drum
4 Tom-Toms
Xylophone, Chimes
Vibraphone, Cymbals
1st Violin
2nd Violin
Viola
Violoncello
Double Bass

Format

DIN A4

Article

SMP-20-0256

Description

Con brio is a festive work, appropriate as a concert-opener or short character work. Chorale-like textures are interwoven with contrapuntal passagework, sustained by Nelhybel’s characteristic rhythmic vitality and drive. The main body of the work is built upon a repeating, 27-measure theme initially introduced by the cellos and basses. The orchestration builds as new instruments and themes are introduced, leading to the work’s forceful and dramatic conclusion.

 

Nelhybel composed well for all instruments, writing idiomatic instrumental parts that are well-tailored to the ability level of the intended ensemble. While providing some significant challenges for the woodwind, brass, and percussion sections, the string parts of Con brio are accessible to a wide range of players. Additionally, the flexibility provided in the scoring allows string players of a wide range of abilities to perform the work simultaneously, creating an ideal piece for festival settings.

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