There is a great tradition of transcribing major orchestral works for chamber ensembles. My DMA dissertation at the University of Minnesota focused on creating a transcription of Richard Strauss' tone poem Don Quixote (view score) for a chamber ensemble of 17 players. I stayed true to the musical structure and kept the solos for violoncello/viola/violin/bass clarinet and tenor tuba in their original form. I expanded percussion instruments, added a keyboard part, and tasked trombone and wind players to double on additional instruments. Throughout the preparation process I continuously made revisions to dynamics, articulations, color and texture. Each performance (view program) was prefaced with an in-depth lecture-demonstration and images from Gustavo Doré's 190 wood-engraved plates followed the plot of the story. Score, parts, lecture-demonstration and other supporting materials are available for rent.