Pat is currently working on a wind transcription of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The transcription, which will retain the original solo piano, will be premiered at New York's Carnegie Hall in the Spring of 2012 by commissioning ensemble, the...read more
Through his innovating scoring techniques, imaginative use of the instruments, and masterful ear for color and texture, Merlin Patterson has created some of the greatest symphonic wind transcriptions in all of band literature. He is truly without peer as a band arranger.
Merlin Patterson is undoubtedly one of the finest transcribers of all time. His transcriptions are thoroughly faithful to the composer’s original intent, and meticulously edited. Additionally, his gifted scoring is attentive to transparency and fully employs the wide spectrum of color possibilities of the wind band.