Composer: Andy Firth

Sonata

RM983 Sonata  Firth VLN/PNO
RM983 Sonata Firth VLN/PNO
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RM983e Sonata  Firth VLN/PNO
RM983e Sonata Firth VLN/PNO
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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2010 Duration: 25 mins.
Instrumentation: Violin & Piano Level E
ISMN: 979-0-720129-17-4 Catalogue: RM983
Level: E Country: Australia

Performed by Glenn Murray

This work represents my first attempt at writing a substantial work for the violin and I am thrilled to dedicate it to my dear friend, Glenn Murray. Glenn and I have beed friends for twenty years now and it is largely thanks to him that I have been able to find the inspiration to write this work. Over the years Glenn has shared not only his wealth of string playing knowledge but also well his great collection of violin recordings with me.

I purposely set out to write a violin work that is different from most of the other standard repertoire works for the violin. Each movement represents a style of music that I enjoy writing and listening to and it is hoped that performers that select this work to play with also listen to the musical styles that each movement requires some aural awareness of. After all, I believe that as composers that we can never fully write everything that we hear in our heads on the page and that at least 30 percent or more of the stylistic content and tonal nuances has to be provided by the performer’s experience and technical expertise of the style that they are interpreting. Some of the more obvious stylistic forms present in this work are:

  • Romantic Music of the 18-19th century,
  • Romantic styled movie string music.
  • Cuban, Latin and tango music and in particular the music of Astor Piazzolla.
  • The virtuosic style of Pagannini, JS Bach and rock music in the style of the 1970-’80’s will be called upon in the 4th movement and to a much lesser degree that of funk and jazz in the cadenza.

Cheers and enjoy! Andy Firth (Sept. 2012).

Bach’s Pianola

RM970 Bach’s Pianola Firth SAX ENS
RM970 Bach’s Pianola Firth SAX ENS

Printed Score and 12 Parts

RM970e Bach’s Pianola Firth SAX ENS
RM970e Bach’s Pianola Firth SAX ENS

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2012 Duration: 9 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Ensemble
ISMN: 979-0-720129-04-4 Catalogue: RM970
Level: D Country: Australia

The story behind Bach’s Pianola.
J.S Bach is working on a fugue late one night when suddenly a pianola from the 20th Century drops into his room. Bach puts aside the piece he is working on and wanders over to the pianola and sits down. As he begins to pedal he hears music that he’d never imagined-ragtime, waltzes and swing! The more music he hears, the faster he pedals.

He plays the pianola for a few hours and then after nearly destroying the pianola with his energy and untamed enthusiasm, he goes back to writing his fugue. But as he begins to write again, he is unable to block this new and wonderful music he has just heard from his mind and as such begins to incorporate it into his fugue.

Dedicated to Philippe Geiss and the Strasbourg Saxophone Ensemble.
Commissioned by Sax & Co for the XVI World Sax Congress in St Andrews Scotland - 2012.

Includes Score and Parts: sopranino, soprano 1, soprano 2, alto 1, alto 2, alto 3, tenor 1, tenor 2, tenor 3, baritone 1, baritone 2, bass sax

Cuban Fantasy

RM538 Cuban Fantasy Firth FL/PNO
RM538 Cuban Fantasy Firth FL/PNO

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RM538e Cuban Fantasy Firth FL/PNO
RM538e Cuban Fantasy Firth FL/PNO

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2005 Duration: 10 mins.
Instrumentation: Flute & Piano Level E
ISMN: 979-0-720119-95-3 Catalogue: RM538
Level: E Country: Australia

The Darktown Strutter’s Ball

RM956e The Darktown Strutter’s Ball Firth BIG BAND eScore
RM956e The Darktown Strutter’s Ball Firth BIG BAND eScore

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 1917 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Big Band
ISMN: 979-0-720119-49-6 Catalogue: RM956
Level: 3.5 Country: Australia

Londonderry Air

RM954e Londonderry Air Firth BIG BAND eScore
RM954e Londonderry Air Firth BIG BAND eScore

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2011 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: Big Band
ISMN: 979-0-720119-47-2 Catalogue: RM954
Level: 2 Country: Australia

On This Night

RM953e On This Night Firth BIG BAND eScore
RM953e On This Night Firth BIG BAND eScore

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 1995 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: Big Band
ISMN: 979-0-720119-46-5 Catalogue: RM953
Level: 2 Country: Australia

The Funky Brandenburg

RM949e The Funky Brandenburg Firth BIG BAND eScore
RM949e The Funky Brandenburg Firth BIG BAND eScore

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2003 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Big Band
ISMN: 979-0-720119-42-7 Catalogue: RM949
Level: 5 Country: Australia

Swingphony No. 40

RM948e Swingphony No. 40 Firth BIG BANDAND eScore
RM948e Swingphony No. 40 Firth BIG BANDAND eScore

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2003 Duration: 4.3 mins.
Instrumentation: Big Band
ISMN: 979-0-720119-41-0 Catalogue: RM948
Level: 3 Country: Australia

Mood Swings!

RM946e Mood Swings! Firth BIG BAND eScore
RM946e Mood Swings! Firth BIG BAND eScore

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2011 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: Big Band
ISMN: 979-0-720119-39-7 Catalogue: RM946
Level: 3 Country: Australia

A Big Band Tribute to Australia

RM910e A Big Band Tribute to Australia Firth BIG BAND
RM910e A Big Band Tribute to Australia Firth BIG BAND

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2003 Duration: 5:30 mins.
Instrumentation: Big Band
ISMN: 979-0-720119-06-9 Catalogue: RM910
Level: 3.5 Country: Australia