Orchestral Reductions

Michael Borowitz has applied his composition talents to reducing several popular opera scores for use by small ensembles. Click on a title for a sample PDF.

Berlioz

Béatrice et Bénédict

1 Flute/1 Oboe/1 Clarinet/1 Bassoon, 1 Horn/1 Trumpet/1 Trombone 1 Percussion (Timpani/Tambourine), Strings

Donizetti

L’elisir d’amore

1 Flute/1 Oboe/1 Clarinet/1 Bassoon, 1 Horn/1 Trumpet/1 Trombone 1 Percussion (Timpani/Cymbals/Snare Drum), Strings

Rossini, G.

L’Italiana in Algeri

1 Flute/1 Oboe/1 Clarinet/1 Bassoon, 1 Horn/1 Trumpet, Strings

Strauss, J.

Die Fledermaus

1 Flute/1 Oboe/1 Clarinet/1 Bassoon 1 Percussion (Timpani/Chime/Triangle/Snare Drum/Glockenspiel/Bass Drum/Cymbals/Spurs), Strings

Wagner

The Ring

A reduction of the entire cycle, each opera around 30 minutes each.

1 Flute/1 Oboe/1 Clarinet/1 Bassoon, 2 Horns/2 Trumpets/1 Trombone/1 Tuba 1 Harp 1 Percussion (Timpani/Bass Drum/Cymbals/Tam-Tam/Triangle/Tenor Drum), Strings

17 performers:

  • Wotan/Der Wanderer (Bass-Baritone)
  • Brünnhilde (Soprano)
  • Sieglinde/Gutrune (Soprano)
  • Siegmund/Siegfried (Tenor)
  • Alberich (Bass-Baritone)
  • Fasolt/Gunther (Bass-Baritone)
  • Fafner/Hagen (Bass)
  • Fricka (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Freia/Helmwige/Waldvogel (Soprano)
  • Erda/Waltraute (Contralto)
  • Woglinde/Gerhilde/Dritte Norn (Soprano)
  • Wellgunde/Ortlinde/Zweite Norn (Soprano)
  • Flosshilde/Siegrune/Erste Norn (Mezzo)
  • Loge (Tenor)
  • Rossweisse (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Schwertleite (Contralto)
  • Grimgerde (Contralto)