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Category Archives: Strings

Seasons (4 movements)

RM984e Seasons (4 movements) Eslami SHAK/PNO/VLN/VC
RM984e Seasons (4 movements) Eslami SHAK/PNO/VLN/VC
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Composer: Amirhossein Eslami Mirabadi
Composed: 2010 Duration: 15 mins.
Instrumentation: Cello Chamber Music, Flute Chamber Music, Piano Chamber Music, Shakuhachi, Violin Chamber Music
ISMN: 979-0-720129-18-1 Catalogue: RM984
Level: D Country: Iran

Sonata

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).

Do Not Go Gently Into The Night

RM829 Do Not Go Gently Into The Night Beck VC/PNO
RM829 Do Not Go Gently Into The Night Beck VC/PNO
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Composer: Gavin Beck
Composed: 2011 Duration: 9 mins.
Instrumentation: Cello & Piano Level D
ISMN: 979-0-720114-27-9 Catalogue: RM829
Level: D Country: Australia

A Collection for Cello (9 pieces)

RM891 A Collection for Cello (9 pieces) Birch VC
RM891 A Collection for Cello (9 pieces) Birch VC
Printed Book
Composer: Leonard Birch
Composed: 2010, 2011 Duration: 20 mins.
Instrumentation: Cello Solo Level B, Cello Solo Level C
ISMN: 979-0-720114-88-0 Catalogue: RM891
Level: Country: Australia

Contents: Ireland Home, Lullaby, Goodbye, All My Best, Far From Home, The English Gardener, Solitaire, Waves, Adieu

Noir

RM784e Noir Goldstein ALTO SAX/BSN(VLA)/PNO
RM784e Noir Goldstein ALTO SAX/BSN(VLA)/PNO
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Composer: Perry Goldstein
Composed: 1999 Duration: 10 mins.
Instrumentation: Bassoon Chamber Music, Piano Chamber Music, Sax & Other Instruments, Viola Chamber Music
ISMN: 979-0-720109-57-2 Catalogue: RM784
Level: E Country: United States


Quintet for Alto Saxophone and Strings

RM577e Quintet for Alto Saxophone & Strings Goldstein ALTO SAX/STRING QUARTET
RM577e Quintet for Alto Saxophone & Strings Goldstein ALTO SAX/STRING QUARTET
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Composer: Perry Goldstein
Composed: 2006 Duration: 18 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax & Other Instruments, String Quartet Chamber Music
ISMN: 979-0-720083-83-4 Catalogue: RM577
Level: E Country: United States

Performed by Kenneth Tse and the Escher String Quartet.

The Saxophone Part is also available separately.

Program note:

Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet (2006) features three movements of wildly different character, all influenced by quite different kinds of music.  The first movement, “Bright and exuberant,” is simultaneously heroic and breezy.  Undulating near-minimalist figures in the strings accompany overarching melodies played by the saxophone.  The B section within this A-B-A’ form is more languid, while the outer A sections contain music that is buoyant and striving.

I think of the tune at the center of movement 2 (“Heartfelt and singing”) as an urban spiritual.  Though simple, it first finds itself in a bluesy if somewhat chromatically tortured chorale-like setting.  Four variations follow.  The first preserves the pace of the saxophone melody in a setting of pizzicato strings and short lamenting outbursts. The second variation poses quintuplet perpetual-motion arabesques against the melody while the cello plays with and against the quintuplets in rhythmic syncopation.  The third variation spins an uptempo jazz waltz out of the material while the fourth sets the tune lamentingly in surprising harmonies in the strings’ upper registers.  A cadenza for the saxophone brings the movement to a somber close.

The third movement is something of a middle-eastern dance, made rhythmically jagged by the everchanging meters.  Marked “Dancing, yet driving,” this movement emulates the A-B-A’ shape of the first.  However, the B section and the coda recapitulate the tune of the first movement, first in a melancholy mood and then in exuberant conclusion.

Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet is dedicated to saxophonist Kenneth Tse and the Escher String Quartet.