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John O'Dreams - Symphony Pathetique

John O' Dreams
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The lyrics for "John O'Dreams" were created by Bill Caddick, based upon the main theme from the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6 - the Pathetique. The song portrays all people as being equal in sleep with the central character being equivalent to the ‘Sandman', a mythical character who is said to sprinkle sand or dust into the eyes of children at night to bring on dreams and sleep.

Arranged for Concert Band by Geoff Kingston this beautiful melody is slightly slower in tempo than the original song and given the ‘easy-listening' treatment with lush scoring and harmonies. An enchanting setting that will ideal for band of all grades.

ComposerPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
KeyBb Major
ArrangerGeoff Kingston
CategoryConcert Band
DurationCirca 3 mins 45 secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 1.5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationConductors Full Score
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
Horns in F 1-2
3rd Horn in F
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Drum Set
Tubular Bells
Bass Guitar
Parts SuppliedFor a full list of parts supplied under our free postage scheme, please visit FAQ's.
07/06/2020 - Not a traditional Irish song. Written by the late English singer Bill Caddick, who did base it on a theme from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6. - Comment by Rich Schranz
SafeMusic: Thanks for the feedback. Will have a closer look at the origins and amend.
27/03/2015 - I really enjoy what you do...I enjoy your mastery and wish I could have spent my life learning how to do what you do....way to go Geoff - Comment by jeffrey thorpe

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