Bastiaan Blomhert

Orchestrations and Arrangements

orchestrations_-and-arrangementsNot having an urge to compose, I have always been fascinated by works in different versions and this fascination lead to many orchestrations, some of which have had considerable success.

My orchestration of Modest Mussorgski's Prelude to Khovanshchina, after the composer's piano version has been performed by many orchestras, i.a. the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, Colin Davis and Ferdinand Leitner..

In 1982 the Holland Festival invited me to realize my idea of staging Mozart's Zauberflöte as a mime performance accompanied by a Harmoniemusik. For this production I wrote a complete wind version of the opera in 18th Century style, partly based on the short Heydenreich arrangement of 1792. For three years the production was performed throughout The Netherlands and Germany.

My version of Francis Poulenc's L' Histoire de Babar for 12 winds and narrator (authorized by the Poulenc Estate in Paris) been performed all over the world.

( a selection)

M. Mussorgski, Prelude to Khovanshchina (1975) (Doblinger, 1992) [rental only]

J. Strauss, Ouverture to Die Fledermaus (1981) (Compusic, 1994) 2222 2000 cb [for sale]

W.A. Mozart, Harmoniemusik of Die Zauberflöte (1982) 1222 2 cb glockenspiel [unpublished]
LP: Globe Records, GLO CX 15009 (1982)
TV registration: WDR Cologne (1984)
Oktopus Wind Ensemble / Bastiaan Blomhert

F. Poulenc, L' Histoire de Babar (1983) (Chester Music, 1996) 2222 2001 narrator [rental only]
CD: STH Records 19245/75
Amsterdam Wind Ensemble / Bastiaan Blomhert
Jane Asher (E) / Lex Goudsmit (D)

W.A. Mozart, concert ending for the Ouverture to Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1985) (Breitkopf & Härtel, 1992) [for sale]
CD: Sony Classical/Vivarte SK 46 695 (1991)
Tafelmusik / Bruno Weil

D. Shostakowitch, Polka from the Ballet The Golden Age op. 22 for brass sextet (1987) (Universal Edition, 1989) [rental material]
CD: DHM Records 5001.3 (1990)
The Dutch Brass Sextet

W.A. Mozart, Orgelwalzemusiken KV 594, KV 606 and KV 616 for wind octet (1990-1994)
(Doblinger, 1996) [material for sale]


Cl. Debussy, La Mer for symphonic wind band (commissioned by the Royal Militairy Band of The Netherlands, 1995)
(Molenaar, 2009) [material for sale] CD: ARMAB Wind Band/Paulo Martins, Molenaar New Compositions for Concert Band Vol. 48 (2010)

J. Wagenaar, Ouverture Getemde Feeks (Taming of the Shrew) for symphonic wind band (1997) commissioned by the Royal Military Band of The Netherlands [unpublished]


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