Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

This serenade by Mozart requires no introduction, but the version presented here for full orchestra rather than the original for strings only does, perhaps, need a few words of explanation.

This arrangement is intended to make the music available to players of all orchestral instruments and all abilities. Even beginners can join in. There are special parts written which use the easiest register of each instrument, avoid difficult accidentals and simplify the rhythms.

These extra parts, and a score which includes them, are available separately.

To perform the piece effectively as it appears in this score, the minimum ensemble is Violin, 'Cello, Flute, Oboe (or second flute or violin) and Clarinet. If your orchestra includes non-standard instruments such as bass clarinet, tenor horn and saxophone, additional parts are available for these too.  This will ensure that all the notes Mozart wrote are played, but adding the other orchestral instruments will give greater colour and allow for a more expressive performance.

ORNAMENTATION - This is often written out in full to avoid having too many different interpretations of the same phrase. Where marked for trills, these should follow the convention for Mozart's time and start on the note given.

SOLO - This instruction means that only one player should play the phrase as a tonal and expressive variation to playing TUTTI.

In a performance by a large orchestra, a little judicious thinning of the sound might be required, even in the TUTTI passages, to balance the texture.

Enjoy the way in which this arrangement is like the original piece by Mozart, but significantly different. The familiar elegant phrases and witty touches are all retained and they should sound fresh and occasionally surprising in this new orchestration.

Andy Jackson


Standard orchestral instruments: Flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon, F horn, Bb trumpet, trombone (reading bass clef), timpani, violin, viola, 'cello and bass.

Non-standard instruments: Bass clarinet in Bb (doubling bassoon), tenor horn and alto saxophone in Eb (doubling F horn), tenor saxophone in Bb and trombone reading treble clef (doubling F horn), baritone saxophone in Eb (doubling trombone).

Easy parts: Available for all of the above instruments

Instrument         No of parts

Flute                                     3

Oboe                                      2

Clarinet                                 3

Bassoon                                 2

Horn                                       2

Trumpet                                 2

Trombone                               2

Timpani                                   2

Violin                                       10

Viola                                         4

Cello & Bass                             6



Difficulty level E-I

Mozart's charming and popular serenade is presented here in a flexible arrangement, which can be played with an orchestra of almost any size and instrumental balance. Minimum requirements to play all the notes Mozart wrote are five proficient, but not necessarily virtuoso, players of Violin, 'Cello, Flute, Oboe (or second flute or second violin) and Clarinet. Once that core group is in place, other instruments can be added in any number to produce a fuller orchestral sound.

There are parts available for non-standard orchestral instruments such as bass clarinet and saxophone and even special easy parts for every instrument so that players of all ability levels can take part.

Additional standard parts can be ordered at modest cost

Non-standard parts available by special order:

Bass clarinet, Alto/tenor/baritone saxophone, tenor horn, trombone reading treble clef

Score including easy parts

Set of easy parts:  One each of flute, oboe, clarinet, Bb clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trombone (bass clef), trombone (treble clef), violin1, violin 2,  viola, cello & double-bass. 


E - Easy:   Can be used by players who can play an octave on their instrument. Need to be able to read these notes from staff notation and count multiple rest bars. 

I - Intermediate:   For players who can manage the full standard range of their instrument and have some experience of orchestral or ensemble playing. 

                             A - Advanced:   Highly skilled and experienced.