Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Matthew Hindson's arrangements for string quartet

Australian composer Matthew Hindson has two volumes of music arranged for string quartet available for free download from his website. Click here to go to his website.

In volume one:

Halleluia Chorus - Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Jesu Joy of Our Desiring - J.S. Bach
Ave Maria - Gounod
Humoresque - Dvorak
“Finale” from the Violin Sonatina - Dvorak
Nocturne in Eb Major - Chopin
“Largo” from Violin Sonata in D Major - Handel
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair - Debussy
Ride of the Valkyries - Wagner

In volume two:

“All We Like Sheep” from The Messiah - G. F. Handel
“Prelude” from English Suite No. 3 - J. S. Bach
Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 1 - L. van Beethoven
“Flower Duet” from Lakme - L. Delibes
Für Elise - L. van Beethoven
Gymnopedie No. 1 - E. Satie
Symphony No. 77, Mvt. 4 - J. Haydn
“Three Little Maids” from The Mikado - A. Sullivan

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Twentieth Century Sonatas

In each case below, the violin part follows the piano part in the pdf file...

Carl Nielsen: Sonata for violin and piano no.1, op.9
Carl Nielsen: Sonata for violin and piano no.2, op.35

Max Reger: Sonata 1 for unaccompanied violin

Vivaldi Violin Concertos

Click here to go to page from which you can download several of Vivaldi's violin concertos. The score, solo and orchestral parts are available.

Goldmine of chamber music sheet music!

Click here to go to a site where you can downlaod scores and parts for string quartets by Schumann (no. 1 - a minor), Beethoven (looks like it has his entire string quartets available!), Franck, Mozart, Brahms (op.51 no.1 in c minor), Schubert (no.10 in Eb), Haydn (op. 1 no.1, op.74 no.s 1&2, all of Mozart's string quintets and clarinet quintet, Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mendelssohn's Octet for strings, Bruch's 8 Pieces for cl, vla & pno, Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio for cl, vla and pno...

It's available on the page linked to above, and the subsequent pages of the list shown.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Arrangements for solo string instrument with piano

Marais: Five Old French Dances: cello / piano

Ravel: Pavanne for a dead princess: violin / piano

Verdi: Il Trovatore: violin & piano (violin part follows the piano part in the pdf)

Verdi: Ernani (violin & piano)

Verdi: Nabucodonosor (violin & piano)

Sousa: Home Sweet Home (violin & piano)

Random string quartet arrangements

Debussy's The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, arranged for string quartet by Jakub Kowalewski, can be downloaded for free here. It is in score format but only three A4 pages in length.

Bach: Air in D from BWV 1068

The Wiering Software site has some fantastic arrangements available for string quartet to download for free, such as:

Handel: Water Music (selections): violin 1 / violin 2 / viola / cello
Handel: March in D: violin 1 / violin 2 / viola / cello
Moussorgsky: Gopak: violin 1 / violin 2 / viola / cello
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus: violin 1 / violin 2 / viola / cello
Dvorak: Wind serenade op.44 1st mvt arr. for string quartet: violin 1 / violin 2 / viola / cello

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christmas music

Here's a multi-movement work called 'Noels en Trio' by Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726) which would work for two violins and cello: score / violin 1 / violin 2 / cello

Here's a link to where you can download an arrangement of Corelli's Christmas Concerto op.6 no.8 for string quartet (score and parts available). The files are zipped... Corelli: op.6 no.8

The First Noel arranged for piano trio: piano / violin / cello

The site music-scores.com has some Christams carols arranged for string quartet available for free. You are allowed to download 3 files per day if not a paying subscriber to their site.

Here's some Christmas Carols from various sources that could be played in a string quartet at Christmas-time gigs if your violist can read bass clef...

O Come, All Ye Faithful
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Silent Night
Away in a Manger / different version of Away in a Manger
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Joy to the World
O Come, Little Children
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O Christmas Tree
Coventry Carol - first page has trio version, pages 2 and 3 have quartet versions.
I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
The First Nowell
The Holly and the Ivy
We Three Kings of Orient Are