Chamber Music for 4 Cellos – Vol. 3
Boccherini – Quartettino
Grieg – Gavotte in Old Style
J. Werner – Elegie
Edited by Pejtsik. Includes parts with score. Involves tenor clef, some treble in I and II. Cello III and IV through 4th position but not easy.
Beethoven Trio in C, Op. 87 (3 cellos)
[IMC #2227] Originally composed for two oboes and English horn. Cello I is entirely in tenor clef and requires thumb position; Cello II is in bass clef moving briefly above 4th position for a B; Cello III barely moves out of first position to an occasional E. There are many octave jumps in the lower positions, many ungainly passages.
Wang – Chinese Folk Songs Vol. 1
These pieces can be played whether you are 2 cellos, 3 cellos or 4 cellos. Cello 1 requires knowledge of tenor clef and thumb position. Cello II is the most challenging as it has more shifting in neck positions. Cellos III and IV may be played by less experienced players. Contents: Fall Recollections at Dressing Table, Whether He Knows or Not, Little Cabbage, General’s Command, Jiaocheng Mountain, Elunchun Folk Tune.
Goltermann Romance & Serenade (4 cellos)
#2414 Op. 119, Nos. 1 & 2. Parts only; no score. Parts are in bass clef and of uneven difficulty with Cello I’s range just beyond the harmonic A. Cello II does not exceed the harmonic A. Cello III and IV are easier, fluent to fourth position
Bartok 18 Duos (2 cellos)
From 44 Duos for 2 Violins arranged for 2 violoncelli by Walter Kurz. At first blush the pieces appear deceptively simple. Most of the duets can be played with a working knowledge of first and second positions. However, phrasing, dynamic markings, changes in time signature, and complex rhythms quickly reveal much more intricate music happening here. While parts appear evenly matched, it will be helpful to play with a more advanced partner. Newer students will have questions. Highly recommended because of the broad scope of skills required and, after all, it is Bartok! The 18 pieces are short, absolutely loaded with material.
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