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"Blue Moon"

Title Blue Moon
ComposerR. Rodgers (arr: F.G.J. Absil)
Instrum.Concert Band
Date14 February 2001
StyleLatin - Bolero
KeyF - G
Tempo72 BPM


A musical score excerpt
  • Piccolo, Flute 1-2, Oboe 1-2, Bassoon 1-2, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1-2-3, Bass Clarinet;
  • Alto Saxophone 1-2, Tenor Saxophone 1-2, Baritone Saxophone;
  • French Horn 1-2-3-4, Trumpet 1-2-3-4, Trombone 1-2-3-4, Baritone 1-2-3, Tuba;
  • Guitar, Keyboard, Double Bass, Drums;
  • Timpani, Percussion (2-3 players: bass drums, congas, cymbals, guiro, maracas, tam-tam, triangle, woodblocks), Mallets (glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone).


This arrangement of the familiar standard Blue Moon carries the subtitle du point de vue de M.R.. The piece looks at our well-known heavenly companion from the point of view of a French composer, who launched an even better known bolero.

The similarity between the two melodies triggered this adaptation. This latin version essentially is a metamorphosis from the Richard Rodgers ballad into that other bolero. Along the way a number of characteristic features from the classical piece are converted and woven into this concert band adaptation.

Keep a close watch on the constant slow to moderate tempo and the very gradual increase towards the orchestral climax near the end; don't try this just once in a blue moon!

Concert performance

This arrangement was performed by the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy (conductor: Peter Kleine Schaars).

This piece was performed on 23 and 24 January 2010 by the Stadtmusik Rorschach, Switzerland (conductor: Guido Schwalt) during their "aussergewöhnliche, nicht ultimative STAMURO-Chartshow".