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Favorite String Quartets 12 Replies

Started by Megan Westberg. Last reply by Jacob Litoff Jan 27, 2011.

quick question from a newbie 3 Replies

Started by Ann Marie Cordial. Last reply by Ann Marie Cordial Apr 13, 2010.

Piano Trios (Piano, Violin, Cello) 6 Replies

Started by Sylvia Casterton. Last reply by Sylvia Casterton Jan 13, 2010.

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Comment by Frankhuijzen on February 16, 2013 at 9:25am

It’s strange that not so many contemporary composers give the possibility to free offered their scores on their site I think it is a good way to introduce their work for musicians I just started

Comment by Greg Cahill on July 11, 2012 at 4:07pm

Check out this pop-up video parody for Strings Charts, everything from Radiohead and Coldplay for string quartet to Appalachian folk tunes and favorite hymns for string orchestra.

Comment by Greg Cahill on January 27, 2011 at 10:05am
Our gifted Strings Charts arranger Eric Gorfain--who has contributed arrangements for works by Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, OK Go, Elvis, and others--is featured today, along with the reest of Section Quartet, on Check out the piece and a video:
Comment by Greg Cahill on December 23, 2010 at 11:36pm

Hey folks, a little shameless self-promotion here. Three new Strings Charts editions have arrived on the shelves: In addition to arranger Renata Bratt's excellent seasonal Holiday Songs for Beginning String Orchestra:
Winter Fest 
and Nuts, Crackers, Sweet, Strings recently released a pair
of charts custom-made for those upcoming Valentine’s Day gigs, Cole Porter
Songs for String Quartet: Night & Day and Anything Goes
 by Mimi Rabson;
and Love Songs
for String Quartet: At Last
 and La Vie en Rose by Jeremy Cohen.

To learn more about those titles and many more, click here

Comment by Jacob Litoff on February 10, 2010 at 8:24pm
The Schubert Octet is one of my favorite pieces of chamber music to play. I keep looking for some other repetoire for that combination of instruments that would be just as much fun to play but I haven't found much. Any ideas?
I've also fallen in love with Turina's 'Scene Andalouse' for solo viola, string quartet, and piano.
Martinu's "La Revue de Cuisine" for trumpet, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello and piano is a third piece of chamber music I greatly admire.
Comment by Greg Cahill on January 27, 2010 at 1:47pm
Interesting comment in the next Strings magazine by John Feeney, principal bassist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, in which he laments that Chamber Music America heavily promotes quartets but not quintets, despite the fact that there are many great string quartets out there. Yet, as you say, there's a tendency to transcribe these bass parts for cello, perhaps because there are more cellists available. But still . . . let's not forget the special strengths that bass bring to these parts as they were written.
Comment by Paul Grantham on January 27, 2010 at 8:10am
I discovered this when I started working on Schubert's A Major Quintet (Trout), which is one of the most widely performed pieces that has a bass part. I did a quick check of Amazon for a recording of it. Amazon lists 35 recording of the piece. I was only able to find five versions that used a bass. The rest used two cellos. (My count may be off because it isn't always easy to identify the instruments from the artists.)
When I tried to find a local group to play the piece with, the only one I found said they were using two cellos, rather than a bass.
I know my experience is very limited but I had the impression this is common. Again, I don't have much actual experience in this area.
Comment by David B Teague on January 26, 2010 at 5:48pm
Comment by Jeremy Kurtz 21 hours ago
oops--sorry, I misread your question. Just curious--which pieces have you heard where a 2nd cello has substituted for a bass part? I haven't actually run into that as much . . .

I have seen double bass transcriptions of the 2nd Cello part for both the Brahms sextets. I can give you details if you wish, but Kenneth Harper did a transcription of the double bass part for the B flat Sextet and Anthony Scelba did a transcription of the C major (the Great) sextet. I played the first movement of the C major and it works very well, even if you don't play the cello 1 and cello 2 duet "in the rosin".
Comment by Jeremy Kurtz on January 25, 2010 at 8:28pm
oops--sorry, I misread your question. Just curious--which pieces have you heard where a 2nd cello has substituted for a bass part? I haven't actually run into that as much . . .

Hopefully some of those other leads (ACMP, local orchestras, etc) will help to dig up some other musicians. If you're close to a relatively big city, you could even put up a post on craigslist under the "musicians" section--you might find some other like-minded people who want to read great music.
Comment by Paul Grantham on January 25, 2010 at 6:20pm
Thank you all for you helpful resources. I realize there many scores that have bass parts in chamber ensembles. Actually my question was about why those bass parts are usually played by adding a cello, not by a bass, even in recordings of the pieces. I am looking for a group that I might join to play those bass parts. Any advice on finding them?

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