Monday, 3 March 2014

Edward MacDowell (American Composer) 1860-1908



I have recently "discovered" Edward MacDowell, an American Composer (1860-1908) who was a prolific composer of mainly piano music. His most well known piece is "To a wild rose" from his "10 Woodland Sketches"
I also "discovered" his collection of 6 pieces for piano, by J S Bach, which are reworkings and reharmonising of some of Bach's well known piano works,including 3 from the Anna Magdalena Notebook,
I have done several arrangements for various wind instrumentation, but my latest ones are flute/clarinet duets of Bach's famous Menuet in G.
This is actually 2 Menuets: (MacDowell calls it a minuet and trio):the menuet being the more popular one origianlly in G major, and the trio being a menuet in G minor. I have transposed them into a key to suit the instruments..
The harmonies are different in a subtle way from those of Bach’s: this will surprise and delight your audience.

Menuet in G and Trio

Flute Duet

Clarinet Duet

Sunday, 22 December 2013

vivaldi:four seasons

I have arranged many of the movements from the Four Seasons for wind quintet.
I have also done some of them for flute,clarinet and sax quintet. 
The string parts have been simplified to make this music more available to the average player. 
Individual movements can be found on my Score Exchange pages. 

I have also done a Suite of  4 of the More Popular Movements which is easier and shortened (omitting the difficult bits.It is available for wind quintet, flute, clarinet and sax quintets.
These are more accessible to school pupils and less advanced players.

Now available for wind quartet.(fl/ob/cl/bn)
Other quartet combinations to follow.

The following are complete arrangements:(for the more advanced player)

Spring (3 mvts) arranged wind quintet

Spring (3 mvts) arranged flute quintet

Spring (3 mvts) arranged clarinet quintet

Autumn (3 mvts) arranged wind quintet

Winter (3 mvts)  arranged wind quintet.

Summer:These three movements appear to be the most difficult to arrange for wind instruments, so I haven't done any of them as yet!!

Other arrangements,combinations of instruments will be added idc.