Posts tagged ‘Quintet’

April 28, 2013

Mussorgsky Pictures – String Quintet version?

I was spending a quiet afternoon listening to the Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures In An Exhibition”, and found myself getting mugged down memory lane from the times I spent helping out behind the scenes at the Leeds International Piano Competition. I also found myself hunting for a score on IMSLP. I found much more than I bargained for – Robert Patterson of Great River Music has arranged this for string quintet (quartet + bass). The score and parts are available at IMSLP.

This looks like it could be fun. I’m going to have to see if I can play this with some friends soon… It’ll make a change from that blasted Beethoven/Khym quintet!

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September 28, 2012

Haydn Symphonies – Reduced

I just spent an evening playing a couple of late Haydn symphonies – Symphony 94 – Surprise & Symphony 104 – London. These were an official, Haydn-endorsed reduction done by Johann Peter Salomon for String Quartet + Flute, and have recently been re-edited by Christopher Hogwood. (I keep wanting to write “Hogwash” or “Hogweed” there… I blame my father.) A friend has added a double bass part to these to add a bit of oomph – mainly by taking the orchestral bass part, with a couple of extra bits where the cello in the reduction has to go filling in something else…

Not particularly challenging apart from the odd semiquaver passage, but fun, and worth a heads-up. (“Surprise” needs a bottom C for the slow movement, and the bass part I was playing had its own surprise in a bit of triple & quadruple-stopping. Thank you Tony!)

August 20, 2009

Trout Quintet

At last! The piece I have been waiting for all week. A pleasant romp through Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. Although I have played this many times, it still has potential to catch me out in places. And it’s remarkably evocative – I find it very hard to play without remembering the times I played it with my grandmother taking the piano part. Music & Memory – I’m sure there’s research potential here.

We coupled this with Mme Farrenc’s second quintet for the same combination (Piano, violin, viola, cello, bass). Like other works of hers that I have sampled, this is eminently playable without too much to worry the bass player.

August 16, 2009

Dvorak Quintet

Played the Dvorak quintet (string quartet + double bass) this morning – and am doing it again this evening (hopefully more successfully this time).

There are some tricky passages to look at here – more details later.

To add to the fun, there’s a mistake in the double bass part – 1st movement, 10 bars before the final “Piu mosso”, the first three quavers should be triplets. This problem is in both the editions I’ve looked at today. Oops. You have been warned.