Composed by: Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert
Originally written for ﬂute, clarinet, bassoons, trumpets, and trombones, Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments has been arranged for ﬁve electric guitars, one bass guitar, one baritone guitar, and one electric mandolin. Varied pickup selections mimic the sounds of the original instruments, transforming the octet while respecting Stravinsky’s deliberated timbral combinations. Written in 1923, this piece was one of Stravinsky’s early re-examinations of classical and baroque music. While it is clear that he took inspiration from older traditions of Western music, his sense of play and humor offer lightness to this challenging piece.