Samuel Barber's First Essay, arranged by Joseph Levey for Concert Band. Score/parts.
Previously only available on rental, this new publication of Barber's First Essay (ca. 1930) is a welcome addition to the literature. This edition includes newly discovered historical information on Barber's personal edits and revisions - including adding original music - to the arrangement prior to his approval for publication.
Set in the original orchestral key, this arrangement by Joseph Levey has been performed by several of the most prestigious concert bands. This deserves a serious look for mature groups.