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Instrumentation Requirements for Rehearsals

Thomas M. Brodhead

Because each movement employs a different combination of instruments, the following listings may prove valuable to conductors in organizing rehearsals of the Fourth Symphony.

Movement I: Prelude

  • Distant Choir
  • Violins 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Harp
  • Flute 1
  • Clarinet in A (optional, in place of Solo Viola)
  • C Trumpet 1
  • Trombone 1 (optional)
  • Celesta
  • Timpani
  • Bass Drum & Cymbals ★★
  • Chorus (SATB)
  • Solo Piano
  • Violin I
  • Violin II
  • Viola
  • Violoncello
  • Contrabass

Movement II: Comedy

  • Piccolo
  • Flutes 1, 2
  • Bb Clarinets 1, 2, 3
  • Bb Tenor Saxophone
  • Eb Baritone Saxophone
  • Bassoons 1, 2
  • C Cornet (played byTrumpet 5)
  • C Trumpets 1, 2, 3, 4
  • C Trumpet 6 (optional)
  • Trombones 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Tuba
  • Quarter-tone Piano
  • Orchestra Piano
  • Celesta
  • Ether Organ (optional)
  • Xylophone (optional)
  • High & Low Bells
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Indian Drum ★★★
  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum & Cymbals ★★
  • Light & Heavy Gongs [Tam-tams] ★★★★
  • Solo Piano
  • Violin I
  • Violin II
  • Extra Violin II (2 players) ★★★★★
  • Viola
  • Extra Viola (1 player) ★★★★★
  • Violoncello
  • Contrabasses

Movement III: Fugue

  • Flute 1
  • Bb Clarinet 1
  • F Horn 1
  • Trombone 1
  • Timpani
  • Organ
  • Violin I
  • Violin II
  • Viola
  • Violoncello
  • Contrabass

Movement IV: Finale

  • Distant Choir
  • Violins 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Harp
  • Piccolo
  • Flutes 1, 2, 3
  • Oboes 1, 2
  • Bb Clarinets 1, 2
  • Bassoons 1, 2
  • F Horns 1, 2, 3, 4
  • C Trumpets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Trombones 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Tuba
  • Orchestra Piano
  • Quarter-tone Piano
  • Celesta
  • Organ
  • Ether Organ (optional)
  • High & Low Bells
  • Triangle
  • Piccolo Timpano
  • Timpani
  • BU Percussion
  • Snare Drum
  • Indian Drum ★★★
  • Bass Drum & Cymbals ★★
  • Gong [Tam-tam] ★★★★
  • Chorus (SATB)
  • Solo Piano
  • Violin I
  • Violin II
  • Viola
  • Violoncello
  • Contrabass

Notes

Offstage.

★★ Likely rim-mounted.

★★★ A small to medium Pow Wow Drum would be appropriate.

★★★★ Here Ives definitely intends Tam-tams to be employed; see the Gongs entry in the Survival Guide.

★★★★★ The Extra Violin II is assigned to Violin II Desk 6, and the Extra Viola is assigned to Viola Desk 6. Notice that the “Extra” music may be performed either by the players at the 6th desks or by separate, offstage players. See the Extra Violin II and Extra Viola Parts entry in the Survival Guide.