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111a BoBop John Hawkins  
  Click to open Violin solo            
   

A bebop-influenced show piece written for a graduation recital.
Thomas Gould has recently recorded 'BoBop' on his CD "Bach to Parker" for Champs Hill Records.

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Duration c. 4-5 minutes.

     
    ISMN M708027-20-1 Cat.no. 111a Part £ 6.85    
120a Balada Ciprian Porembescu    
  Click to open Violin and piano   Edited by Donald Maurice    
   

Ciprian Porumbescu was among the most celebrated of Romanian composers of his time. Balada was composed in 1880 and soon became his best known work, full of poetry and bitter nostalgia — a mixture of dance and song expressing a serene melancholy.

   
    Duration 6-7 minutes          
    ISMN M708027-07-2 Cat.no. 120a Piano score & part £6.95    
142 Cortège? John Hawkins    
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Cortège? was composed in 2002 and is associated in the composer's mind with Garcia Lorca's 'Soneto', a poem in which images of love and grief are intertwined. It has been recorded by Siân Philipps and Sophia Rahmen for Meridian on the CD 'Homage a Lorca — In Search of Duende' (CDE 84513)

   
    Duration 5-6 minutes          
    ISMN M708027-52-2 Cat.no. 142 Piano score & part £9.45    
149 Looking Back John Hawkins    
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A short, lyrical piece which looks backward both musically and emotionally to the legend of Orpheus — as he returns Orpheus yearns and, finally, cannot resist a backward look — whereupon Euridice is brusquely returned to the underworld.

‘Looking Back’ was written in 2014 for the violinist Siân Philipps

   
    Duration 5-6 minutes          
    ISMN M708017-85-1 Cat.no. 149 Piano score & part £9.95    
139 Cello Suite No.5 (BWV 1011) Johann Sebastian Bach    
  An edition for solo viola edited by Andrew Filmer and Donald Maurice  
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This new version of the 5th Cello Suite is the result of an in-depth exploration of the various sources including an appraisal of the significant role of Bach's autograph manuscript of the Lute Suite (BWV 995) which dates from the same period (1727-31).
   Expanding the original use of scordatura tuning and using two staves rather than the extended use of accidentals the edition consists of a performing score with full editorial commentary and bibliography.

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    ISMN M708027-56-0 Cat.no. 139   £18.50    
060 The Clarinet Sonatas Op.120 (transcribed for viola) Johannes Brahms    
  Click to open Viola part   Edited by Christopher Wellington    
   

In his introduction Christopher Wellington offers a full account of the background to Brahms' transcription for viola of the two Clarinet Sonatas Op.120. Noting that the composer expressed some doubts about the success of his transcription and that viola players including Lionel Tertis and William Primrose have restored some passages more closely to the original clarinet part – this edition presents a transposition of the clarinet original and identifies the passages modified by the composer in his transcription for viola and thus allows viola players the possibility of considering their personal approach to these works.

   
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    ISMN M708027-66-9 Cat.no. 060 Viola part £10.50    
086  Romance in D flat York Bowen      
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This Romance was adapted by York Bowen from an earlier violin piece and performed on the occasion of his first concert with Lionel Tertis in 1904. It is here published for the first time and includes Tertis' fingerings from the autograph manuscript.

Romance has been recorded by Lawrence Power (viola) with Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano) on Hyperion CDA 67651/2 (2 CDs).

Duration c. 5-6 minutes.

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    ISMN M708027-86-7 Cat.no. 086 Piano score & part £ 7.95    
033 Sonata, Op.78 Arthur Butterworth  
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    An eloquent and rewarding work in which the composer reveals his love and understanding of the viola.

There is a fine recording by Morgan Goff (viola) and Raphael Terroni (piano) on Duttton CDLX 7164. The CD is available from Comus Edition.

Duration c. 19 minutes.
   
               
    ISMN M708017-33-2 Cat.no.033 Piano score & part £10.95    
0853 Viola Concerto, Op.82 Arthur Butterworth  
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    This is a reduction for viola and piano of one of the composer's finest concertos and one of his most personal works. It was first performed in 1993 to mark Butterworth's 70th year, and has been recorded by Sarah-Jane Bradley with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by the composer. (Dutton Epoch CD LX 7212). The CD is obtainable from Comus Edition.

A full score and orchestral parts are available.

   
    Duration c. 35 minutes.      
    ISMN M708027-15-7
 
Cat.no. 0853
Cat.no. 616
Piano score & part
CD LX 7212
£16.25
£10.00
   
087 Pastorale, Op.112 Arthur Butterworth  
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    A short lyrical piece with a somewhat darker central episode.

Duration c. 5-6 minutes.

     
                 
    ISMN M708017-87-5 Cat.no. 087 Piano score & part £ 6.70    
084 English Dance BJ Dale  
  Click to open Viola and piano   transcribed by York Bowen  
   

This piece is based upon an old Morris dance “The Monks' March”. In 1919 it was described in Musical Opinion as "… bright enough and not without suggestions of intensity of utterance which is ordinarily characteristic of this musician's manner".

The English Dance has been recorded by Roger Chase (viola) ans Michita Otaki (piano) on Dutton CDLX 7204 Duration c. 4-5 minutes.
 
               
    ISMN M708027-84-3 Cat.no. 084 Piano score & part £ 8.95    
077 Slavonic Dance, Op.46/4 Antonin Dvorák      
  Click to open Viola and piano   arranged by Kenneth Harding  
    This arrangement of one of Dvorak's popular Slavonic Dances is dedicated to Bernard Shore, the first principal viola of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and author of 'The Orchestra Speaks'. The full range of the instrument is used, with double stop thirds and rapid changes from arco to pizzicato which call for an experienced player. However, in the right hands it would make an excellent 'encore' item.    
    Duration c. 6-7 minutes.          
    ISMN M708027-77-5 Cat.no. 077 Piano score & part £ 7.95    
078 Poem Kenneth Harding      
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    Kenneth Harding (1903-1992) wrote several works for large orchestra, chamber pieces, songs and solo keyboard pieces, etc. but he is particularly notable for his devotion to the viola. The Poem dates from 1931, when Harding joined the viola section of the newly formed BBC Symphony Orchestra. It is the first of a rich legacy of solo and ensemble pieces for the instrument that would flow from his pen over the next sixty years.
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    Duration c. 5 minutes.          
    ISMN M708027-78-2 Cat.no. 078 Piano score & part £ 8.10    
099 Moonlit Apples Kenneth Harding     Top of page
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    Moonlit Apples was inspired by a poem of John Drinkwater evoking a moonlit autumn night and the ever changing pattern of colour, light and shade as clouds pass slowly over the face of the moon. With subtle use of harmonic colour, a rich palette of timbres and gentle dynamics Harding translates this fluid image into a brief and tender musical picture.
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    Duration c. 6 minutes.          
    ISMN M708017-99-8 Cat.no. 099 Piano score & part £ 7.95    
111b BoBop John Hawkins  
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A bebop-influenced show piece – and great fun to play.

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Duration c. 4-5 minutes.

     
    ISMN M708027-26-3 Cat.no. 111b Part £ 6.85    
112 Urizen John Hawkins     Down
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A single movement work inspired by William Blake's prophetic book. Composed in 1983 for Paul Silverthorne, it was later scored by the composer for viola and string orchestra, and more recently for viola and chamber orchestra of strings with alto flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet and 2 horns. Score and parts are available from Comus.

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    Duration c.9 minutes.          
    ISMN M708027-21-8 Cat.no. 112 Piano score & part £12.95    
1273 Viola Concerto in D Franz Anton Hoffmeister   Top of page
  Viola and piano   Edited by Christopher Wellington  
   

This significant new edition of a popular concerto is now available. Edited by Christopher Wellington with a piano reduction by Geoffrey Pratley. More details to follow shortly. Click on the cover image to view sample pages.

A study score and orchestral score and parts are available. Please contact us.

   
               
    ISMN M708027-45-4 Cat.no. 1273 Piano score & part £11.50    
090 Sonatina Walter Leigh      
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    Before his untimely death in 1942 Walter Leigh had established a reputation as a gifted and versatile composer whose music was published and widely performed. This Sonatina shows the influence of Hindemith with whom Leigh studied. It was composed for Rebecca Clarke who performed it in London in 1930 and in 1932 it was featured at the ISCM in Vienna.    
    ABRSM Viola Syllabus, Grade 7-8 
Duration c.9 minutes.
       
    ISMN M708027-13-3 Cat.no. 090 Piano score & part £11.95    
120b Balada       Ciprian Porembescu    
  Click to open Viola and piano   transcribed by Donald Maurice  
   

Ciprian Porumbescu was among the most celebrated of Romanian composers of his time. Balada was composed in 1880 and soon became his best known work, full of poetry and bitter nostalgia — a mixture of dance and song expressing a serene melancholy.

   
    Duration 6-7 minutes          
    ISMN M708027-06-5 Cat.no. 120b Piano score & part £6.95    
042a Sussex Lullaby Alan Richardson     Down
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    Described by Watson Forbes as "one of the loveliest pieces in the repertoire".
Selected for the ABRSM Viola Syllabus, Grade 6.
     
    Duration c.3 minutes.          
    ISMN M708017-42-4 Cat.no. 042a Piano score & part £ 5.95    
042b Intrada Alan Richardson      
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    Effective passage work, broad melody and some rich moments on the C string.      
    Duration c.4 minutes.          
    ISMN M708017-72-1 Cat.no.042b Piano score & part £ 5.95    
042c Autumn Sketches Alan Richardson     Down
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    Pastoral and reflective variations with episodes of vigour and brilliance.      
    Duration c.8 minutes.          
    ISMN M708017-82-0 Cat.no. 042c Piano score & part £ 6.95    
042d Rhapsody Alan Richardson      
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    From Richardson's later years, a powerful work full of passion and tenderness.
Selected for the London Trinity College Diploma Syllabus.
     
    Duration c.10 minutes.          
    ISMN M708017-92-9

Cat.no. 042d

Piano score & part £ 6.95    
138 Wiegenlied Variations Simon Rowland-Jones    
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    Wiegenlied Variations is a set of freely composed variations on the well-known lullaby by Brahms. It is somewhat akin in concept perhaps to Benjamin Britten's "reflections" in his Lachrymae for viola and piano in which Dowland's song is only clearly revealed at the end of the work. In these variations the lullaby is heard in the middle, split into two parts by a central variation that contains the climax of the work.      
    Duration c.14 minutes.          
    ISMN M708027-51-5 Cat.no. 138 Piano score & part £12.20    
082 Sonata Op.1/10 (Didone Abbandonata) Giuseppe Tartini      
  Click to open Viola and piano   Transcribed by Paul Silverthorne    
    This sonata is one of the finest examples of Tartini's style in an excellent authoritative transcription for viola and piano or harpsichord by Paul Silverthorne.   Reviews
    Duration c.10 minutes.          
    ISMN M708027-82-9 Cat.no. 082 Piano score & part £ 9.95    
   Lionel Tertis – The Early Years Lionel Tertis et al. Top of page
  Click to open Viola and piano        
    A selection of favourite pieces for viola and piano arranged and composed by Lionel Tertis for his solo recitals and recordings.   Reviews
Edited by John White and published in 2 books contents
    ISMN M708027-24-9 
ISMN M708027-15-6 
Cat.No.105
Cat.No.106 
Book 1
Book 2
£13.95
£13.95
   
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