Symphonic Selections: Concierto de Aranjuez ~ Adagio

Symphonic Selections

Recently, I’ve been re-watching some of my favourite films. One of them is Brassed Off, a film about a coal mining town in England that’s about to get shut down, and that closure affects the colliery brass band and its members. That band is led by Danny (Pete Postlethwaite), and it also stars Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald, and Stephen Tompkinson. This film was introduced to me by my beloved high school band teacher, and I remember watching this and was awestruck by the scene where Gloria (Fitzgerald) comes in and shows her mad flugelhorn skills to all the boys in the band. Gloria plays “Adagio”, the second movement from Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, otherwise known as “Concierto d’Orangejuice”. Below is the scene from the movie where it’s performed.

I absolutely adore this song. I know it is originally composed for a classical guitar, but this brass band arrangement works beautifully, especially the flugelhorn’s timbre fitting perfectly for the solo part! I remember having tears in my eyes upon first listening to this song. This piece really tugs my heartstring! Do give this song a listen, and if you haven’t seen this film, I also recommend it!

ETA: I’ve been told that the first video is not available in the United States (grr!), so I found a different one.


  1. Oh no D;. The video says it’s blocked in this country D:. As much as I’m a fan of wood winds, I think brass bands are awesome. There’s something about the sizzling sound from the trumpet or trombone that is pleasant to the ears. No matter the arrangement (aside from classical music), I think brass band can take over a piece made for something else ;). My fave is probably youngblood brass band.

  2. Holland on

    Nancy’s right, video is blocked for us Americans :(

    Sometimes I hear something classical that’s very familiar and it makes me miss the days when I played the cello. I wish I had never stopped, to be honest, but I didn’t really have a choice. Now I’m so different that I don’t have it in me to play anymore, but damn… classical music.

  3. stevevhan on

    I recognize Ewan, he must be a very very popular actor. :) First time here in your blog. :)

  4. Lotte on

    Aaah I’m adding this to my to-watch list. :D I usually only listen to strings (or symphonic orchestras of course) so this’ll be nice!

  5. Michelle on

    Sounds like an interesting movie! I must put it on my must watch list!

  6. I hadn’t heard of this movie! The brass arrangement is beautiful, and the solo is so lovely. I especially like the parts where everyone comes in louder. It feels so strong and moving :) Thanks for sharing this song!

  7. I’ve never heard of the movie but I love the song arrangement! It was so pretty. I always love those scenes in movies when the unlikely person shows everyone up! I actually looked up a version of it on itunes. It’s so calming, thank you so much for this!

  8. Wow, that is awesome. I love listening to all kinds of music. It makes me miss being able to play with a group of people. I never played in a brass band, but I always loved to listen to them. Thanks for sharing! XD

  9. This movie sounds like something I would watch! :D The arrangement sounds beautiful.

  10. Why have I never seen this film? What a great arrangement too! I love brass instruments. I haven’t quite mastered my trumpet yet, so while I can get a very obnoxious sound from it, I still can’t play quietly but with the same crisp tone. This video has made me want to practise again!

  11. I’m a big fan of British working class style films, like the Full Monty, but I’ve never seen Brassed Off. It’s definitely on my list of films to watch.

  12. I am a big fan of Ewan McGregor, but why haven’t I seen this film before?! Okay, this film will definitely go on my to-watch list!

    The arrangement is beautiful. I even ended up looking for the original arrangement just to compare. Thanks for sharing this. I miss listening to these kinds of music.

  13. I’ve never heard nor seen this movie before! The song is definitely beautiful. I’m not a fan of this specific genre, although I do really love classical music (my go to study music). This is still a very well performed piece. Thanks for sharing!

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