The brilliantly abridged version of the classic Paul Dukas tale of an errant apprentice left to his own devices, is a magical work full of colour, excitement and tension – never letting up until the very last note.
French composer Paul Dukas wrote his symphonic poem, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, between 1896 and 1897. Subtitled Scherzo after a ballad by Goethe, the piece was inspired by Goethe’s 1797 poem of the same name. By far the most performed and recorded of Dukas’ works, perhaps it’s most notable appearance was in the Walt Disney animated film Fantasia from 1940, which led to the piece becoming widely known to audiences outside of the classical concert hall. The original orchestral work is some 10 minutes in length, however, this brass band transcription has been abridged to create a more manageable 6-minute work, yet it retains the urgency, magic and colour of the original.