The last couple months have continued to be good for the cello, with several major new score releases (and more to come)!
From Editor Charles Jacot
Over the last few of his scores, Mr. Jacot has proven to be a versatile editor, bringing us a range of different styles. Recently, he explored how to bring two very stylistically different piano works to the cello.
SCORE: Gounod Marche Funèbre d’une Marionnette arranged for cello quartet
Charles Gounod’s Marche Funèbre d’une Marionnette (Funeral March of a Marionette) is well-known to many, with its macabre yet playful atmosphere, as it was used as the theme to the Alfred Hitchcock Hour. The piece works very well for cello quartet. Due to the grotesque mood of the music the general range is low, and the lilting, staccato nature of the piece suits the cello admirably.Purchase Today!
SCORE: Satie Avant-derniere pensees – Aubade arranged for cello duo
The Aubade is the second piece in a set entitled Avant-dernières pensées (Penultimate Thoughts), written in 1915 by composer Erik Satie. As with much of his music, Satie’s work combines ethereal, wistful, and graceful musical elements with humor, liveliness and satire.Purchase Today!
From Editor Hans Erik Deckert
While Jacot chose to go after piano works, editor Hans Erik Deckert has brought his years of musical experience to translating the “vocal” works of two composers known for their compositions in other mediums.
SCORE: Rachmaninoff Vocalise arranged for cello sextet
Published in 1912 as the last of his Fourteen Songs, Op. 34., the Vocalise contains no words, but is sung using any one vowel. In this adaptation for six celli the solo part is retained in the first cello, while the piano part is distributed among the other five celli. The rich characteristic harmonic textures of Rachmaninoff’s music is very suitable for a cello ensemble.Purchase Today!
SCORE: Wagner Zug zum Munster arranged for cello quartet
Zug zum Münster (‘Procession to the Cathedral’) from Wagner’s opera Lohengrin is a highly successful representation of Wagner’s intense musical language. See how an authentic Wagnerian mood can be created with only four cellos!Purchase Today!
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