The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
wind band, fanfare band
concert work, contest piece
This work is based on the famous stories of Baron Münchhausen. In these tall tales, the baron undertook all sorts of fabulous adventures. He flew, for example, on a cannonball, or rode on a horse torn in two, he turned a hungry wolf inside out, and pulled himself out of a swamp by his own hair. Four of the tales served as the inspiration for this composition. The music isn't simply a word-for-word transcription of the stories, however, but rather conveys a particular mood or specific scene, often with a humorous twist.