‘I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls’, otherwise known as ‘The Gypsy Girl’s Dream’ is a popular aria from the opera ‘The Bohemian Girl’ by Michael William Balfe. There have been countless recorded versions of the song, most notably recently by Irish singer Enya.
This arrangement for Brass Band beautifully captures the lyrical quality of the song.
After a gentle beginning the arrangement weaves between solo cornets taking the lead and full tutti band with broad harmonies. The continual pulse of this piece, which is in ¾ time, also allows space for rubato evoking the original writing as an aria. A vocal number lending itself very well to the brass band idiom.
Soprano, Solo, Repiano, 2nd and 3rd Cornets
Solo, 1st and 2nd Tenor Horns
1st and 2nd Baritone
1st, 2nd and Bass Trombone
Eb and Bb Basses
Percussion parts (4):
2: Sus Cym, Triangle
4: Tubular Bells