Oskar Böhme

Arranged by William Stanley

Trombone and piano

Vancouver, BC, , Canada
Publisher: Cherry Classics Music
Date of Publication: 2017

Score and solo part


Originally written for solo cornet with orchestral accompaniment and later reduced for piano by the composer himself, Oscar Böhme’s Liebeslied contains many soaring romantic melodies harmonized with lush chord progressions. Kept in its original key, William Stanley has transcribed this beautiful piece for trombone and piano.

Aside from the solo part being an octave lower, this transcription is nearly identical to the original version with almost nothing altered in the accompaniment. This expressive, legato, Andante melody in 3/4 meter and five flats, written entirely in bass clef spans a tonal range from B-flat to a-flat1—putting it well within the reach of many intermediate trombone and euphonium students. There are a few trills and notated turns which may prove difficult for some trombonists but should not present problems on euphonium.

Due to its abundance of accompaniment breaks, moderate playing range, stylistic contrast, and being only about four minutes in length, the Böhme Liebeslied will likely also find itself onto a good number of recital programs. This William Stanley transcription is well edited and extremely clear to read. It is published by Cherry Classics Music and is available for sale as either a physical copy or digital download.

Reviewer: Greg Strohman
Review Published January 31, 2019