These excerpts are made available for the educational benefit of University of Colorado Boulder College of Music students, in accordance with the U.S. Copyrght Law, chapter 1, section 107.

What you find here is a result of many years of gathering solo passages from orchestral repertoire (with a nod to opera, chamber, brass ensemble) that I have played, listened to, and heard about from others. These are true solo excerpts - not section tuttis, or other non-solo prominent passages. Depending on your own personal experience, some of what you find here might be obvious, some might be new to you.  In any case, I believe it is worthy of having a go-to place for these solo excerpts when the need arises.

Students are encouraged to purchase recordings of the complete pieces to hear these solos in context and expand your listening repertory.  Also, using complete parts is always the preferred way to learn orchestral rep.  Please make a point to purchase your own parts of copyrighted material from the publisher when available.

This is an ongoing project. As new solos are found, the list will grow. With that in mind, please add your input. I don't claim to have found all the solo passages in the vast orchestral repertory. If you know of a work that should be here, or discover a solo passage in a new piece, please let me know. Other feedback, including corrections, is welcome too.

Adams, John - Chamber Symphony   excerpt   audio

Adams, John - City Noir   excerpt   audio

Adams, John - Dr. Atomic Symphony   excerpt   audio

Arnold, Malcolm - Tam O'Shanter Overture   excerpt   audio

Bartok, Bela - Concerto for Orchestra   excerpt   audio

Bartok, Bela - The Miraculous Mandarin   excerpt   audio

Berlioz, Hector - Symphonie funebre et triomphale   excerpt   audio

Bernstein, Leonard - Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront   excerpt   audio

Berwald, Franz - Symphonie No. 1 (Symphonie serieuse)   excerpt   audio

Bristow, George Frederick - Symphony No. 2   excerpt   audio

Britten, Benjamin - Gloriana: Opera in Three Acts   excerpt   audio

Carter, Eliott - Three Occasions for Orchestra: Remembrance   excerpt   audio 

Chavez, Carlos - Symphony No. 4 (Sinfonia Romantica)   excerpt   audio

Chavez, Carlos - Suite de Caballos de Vapor (Horse Power Suite) in progress

Copland, Aaron - Rodeo   excerpt   audio

Copland, Aaron - Third Symphony   excerpt  audio

Copland, Aaron - Lincoln Portrait   excerpt   audio

Crumb, George - Star Child in progress

Daugherty, Michael - Motor City Tryptich [sic]   excerpt   audio

Donizetti, Gaetano - La favorita (opera)   excerpt   audio

Duffy, John - Symphony No. 1   excerpt   audio

Dvořák, Antonin - Symphony No. 6   excerpt   audio

Ellington, Duke - Black, Brown, and Beige Suite   excert   audio

Ellington, Duke - Harlem   excerpt   audio

Gershwin, George - An American in Paris   excerpt   audio

Gershwin, George - Rhapsody in Blue   excerpt   audio

Golijov, Osvaldo - Nazareno   excerpt   audio

Hindemith, Paul - Konzertmusik   excerpt   audio

Hovhaness, Alan - Symphony No. 4 in progress

Ives, Charles - Symphony No. 4   excerpt   audio

Ives, Charles/William Schuman - Variations on "America"   excerpt   audio

Janáček, Leoš - Sinfonietta   excerpt   audio

Kern, Jerome - Portrait for Orchestra: Mark Twain   excerpt   audio

Mahler, Gustav - Symphony No. 2   excerpt   audio  

Mahler, Gustav - Symphony No. 3   excerpt   audio

Mahler, Gustav - Symphony No. 5   excerpt   audio

Mahler, Gustav - Symphony No. 7   excerpt   audio

Milhaud, Darius - Le creation du monde   excerpt   audio

Moncayo, Juan Pablo - Huapango   excerpt   audio

Mozart, W. A. - Die Schuldekeit des ersten gebots   excerpt   audio

Mozart, W.A. - Mass in C minor (Weisenhaussmesse)   excerpt   audio

Mozart, W.A. - Requiem   excerpt   audio

Nielsen, Carl - Concerto for Flute and Orchestra   excerpt   audio

Pärt, Arvo - Symphony No. 3   excerpt   audio 1   audio 2

Prokofiev, Sergei - Lieutenant Kijé   excerpt   audio

Ravel, Maurice - Bolero   excerpt   audio

Ravel, Maurice - Daphnis et Chloe   excerpt   audio

Ravel, Maurice - L'enfant et les Sortileges   excerpt  audio

Ravel, Maurice - Piano Concerto for the Left Hand   excerpt   audio

Respighi, Ottorino - Feste Romane (Roman Festivals)   excerpt   audio

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolai - Russian Easter Festival Overture   excerpt   audio

Saint-Saëns, Camille - Marche héroïque excerpt   audio

Schnittke, Alfred - Symphony No. 1 in progress

Shostakovich, Dimitri - Symphony No. 4   excerpt   audio

Shostakovich, Dimitri - Symphony No. 9   excerpt   audio

Shostakovich, Dimitri - Symphony No. 15   excerpt   audio

Shostakovich, Dimitri - Waltz No. 2   excerpt   audio

Sibelius, Jean - Symphony No. 2   excerpt   audio

Sibelius, Jean - Symphony No. 7   excerpt   audio

Strauss, Richard - Symphonic Fantasie aus Die Frau ohne Schatten   excerpt   audio

Strauss, Richard - Le bourgeois gentilhomme   excerpt   audio

Stravinsky, Igor - L'Histoire du Soldat   excerpt   audio

Stravinsky, Igor - Pulcinella Suite   excerpt   audio

Tamberg, Eino - Concerto for Trumpet   excerpt   audio

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich - Symphony No. 6   excerpt   audio

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich - The Nutcracker   excerpt   audio

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich - The Tempest   excerpt   audio

Thomas, Ambroise - Hamlet (opera)   excerpt   audio

Thomas, Michael Tilson - From the Diary of Anne Frank   excerpt   audio 

Tomasi, Henri - Fanfares liturgiques   excerpt   audio

Weill, Kurt - Symphony No. 2   excerpt   audio

Xenakis, Iannis - Jonchaies excerpt audio