Arranged by Rick Hirsch
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Edition: Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Description: Rock - Advanced

Publisher: Hirsch Music Publications

This is for real: Queen's magnum opus, in a jazz language, orchestrated for jazz ensemble.  With a couple of jazz solos thrown in for good measure. This is the chart that your I-don't-get-jazz audiences have been waiting for, and they will not know what hit them.

This is a meaty chart, and arranger Rick Hirsch guarantees that your students will want to work hard to play it.  Featured soloists include trombone (ballad & jazz), another trombone (plunger mute notated), bari OR alto sax.  You can substitute a flugel soloist for the trombone ballad.  

The rhythm sections parts are mostly notated.  And the set includes optional parts for vibes and flute.

Lead Trumpet:  D6 (opt. F6)   •   Duration:  8-10 min.   •   no doubles
Queen guitarist Brian May says:

[in reference to the Hirsch big band arrangement of 'Bohemian Rhapsody']

"Fascinating! Your description is is the original form, but translated into an idiom that is very different. I have heard hundreds of 'Bo Raps' by now, but none like this...the language is rich and daring, and sometimes quite abrasive to my ears (like Rock Music is, to many people!) - but it's entirely held my attention the whole track!! (This is rare!!! ha ha!) Well done, and thanks..."

Brian May
Guitarist & Founding Member of Queen

Full Score
2 Alto Saxophones
2 Tenor Saxophones
Baritone Saxophone
5 Trumpets
3 Trombones
Bass Trombone
Flute (Optional)
Vibraphone (Optional)