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

The excerpts listed below are the result of William Stanley’s many years’ gathering solo passages from orchestral repertoire (with a nod to opera, chamber and brass ensemble) that he has 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 personal experience, some of what you find here may be obvious ... or new to you.

This is an ongoing project: As new solos are found, the list will grow. Email William Stanley if you know of a work that should be included here, or if you discover a solo passage in a new piece. Other feedback, including corrections, is also welcome.

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

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

Ayers, Richard - No. 42 (In the Alps)  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

Haydn, Michael - Divertimento in D  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

Wagner, Richard - Overture to the Flying Dutchman  excerpt  audio

Walker, George - Orpheus  excerpt  audio

Weill, Kurt - Symphony No. 2  excerpt  audio

Xenakis, Iannis - Jonchaies  excerpt  audio

Zender, Hans - Schubert's Winterreise - a composed interpretation (1993)  excerpt  audio