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A to H – The Written Note

String Pieces A to H

323 score

This was a piece from the 80’s experimenting with number based music so the structure, chords and patterns are all based on….

Violin I        Violin II        Viola        Violoncello

A Jig in the Ship for strings score

This lively piece is an arrangement of a piano piece, which I wrote in the Ship pub in Anstruther.  It is a happy piece throughout.  At the moment the piece does not have any directions.  Which I will one day put in.  Treat it as a you would a Baroque piece.

Violin 1        Violin 2        Viola        Violoncello

At odds piece Piano score

This piece has been commercially recorded and is available here It is a Violin and Piano piece, post minimalist.

 At odds piece Violin

Here are some versions of a piece originally written for a string group in Kirriemuir.  It was based on a theme by Bach used in the overture to the B minor mass.

Bach experiment for strings score 

Original version, the simplest.  On this piece I did not write any direction in the true Bach style.

Violin I        Violin II        Viola        Cello        Cello 2

As it says above.

Bach experiment for strings 4 viola version score

Viola 1        Viola 2        Viola 3        Viola 4        

Here is a much more explored version, a bit more tricky than the original.  And extended to include a Double Bass as well.

Bach experiment for String orchestra 2 score

Violin I        Violin II        Viola        Cello        Double Bass

As you have read, a quartet working of version 2.  A more extended working of the original idea.

Bach experiment Quartet version 2 score

Violin        Violin 2        Viola        Cello
 

Bertramka-s-garden Score

Bertramka’s Garden, was written while sitting in a garden of a house in Prague called “Bertramka”.  This is where Mozart visited and eventually stayed whilst in Prague, particularly during the production of Don Giovani in 1787.  When I visited the House, it had been completely cleared due to a dispute between the state and the previous owners.  I did however purchase a glossy program showing me all of the things that would have been there before the dispute.  Having wandered around the house I then sat in the garden in the summer heat and listening to the sound of insects and swallows whizzing around the many tall mature trees.  I started this piece.

Violin 1        Violin 2        Viola        Cello

Christmas Song string version score

This was one of two pieces written for school Christmas shows.  This was the one used.

Violin 1        Violin 2        Violin 3        Viola        Cello

Christmas song two score

Violin 1        Violin 2        Violin 3         Viola        Cello

Christmas Pieces for Strings

This is a collection of string arrangements in various forms of Christmas Carols originally written for piano.  They are suitable for school groups.

God rest you merry for quartet score

Violin 1A        Violin IB        Violin II        Viola        Cello

God rest you merry for string orchestra score

Violin I        Violin Ia        Violin II        Viola        Cello        Double Bass

Good King W for Strings score

Violin I        Violin II         Viola        Cello        Double Bass

Jinglet for string orchestra score

Violin 1        Violin 2        Viola        Cello        Double Bass

Quiet Night in for string quartet score_2

Violin I        Violin II        Viola        Cello

Watch Shepherds While for string quartet score

Violin 1        Violin 2        Viola        Cello

We Threee arranged for string orchestra score

Violin 1        Violin 2        Viola        Cello        Cello 2        Double Bass

We threee rowannes arrangement score

Violin 1        Horn in F        Acoustic Guitar

Cow and Cat Suite Viola and Piano version score 

This is an arrangement of a piano piece.

The word competition is for a competition that I entered for the double bass.   I was really pleased with this composition.  The last movement is very hard I think to pull off.   As usual these are just computer mp3’s so just for an idea of the overview.

For the first movement I wanted to reverse the normal role of the solo to the piano, in that as the bass was a low instrument then instead of low note and chord in the accompaniment I would have a high note plus chord.  I also added touches of reverse Jazz like bits.

Double Bass Sonata Movement 1competition score

Double Bass Part

The slow movement is exploring the low rich sound that I love from the bass in the form of a scale like passage, and rising harmony.

Double Bass Sonata Movement 2 slow score

Double Bass Part

I wanted to try something unusual with this movement and see if I could write a jig for the Double bass.  It should be fun to play.

Double Bass Sonata Movement 3 Rondo for competition score

Double Bass

Davids Jig for strings score

A little jig written for a friend, appears in various guises.  In a piano duet, for solo piano and here for mixed strings.

 Violin 1        Violin 2        Cello

Easter piece 2 for Primary 2012 score

This was just the starting point for an Easter piece performed with massed violins.  I added other parts and doubled the length of a lot of the piece.

 Violin 1        Violin 2        Violin 3        Violin 4

Electron Jig for Violin and Cello score

A jig exploring the idea of electrons travel through metal.  Written for and after a few conversations with a friend Richard, a chemist.

 Violin 1        Cello

Enigmatic Variations Op3 score

This is a College piece from the 80’s a bit of fun poked at the Elgar originals.  Not as good as Elgar though.

 Violin I        Violin II        Viola        Cello

Free Lullabye For Viola and Piano 

A slow moody piece for piano and viola.

Fugue No 8 string version score

This is an arrangement of the piano fugue.

 Violin 1        Violin 2        Viola        Cello

Haikus for Piano and Strings

A set of 3 viola and piano pieces based loosely around a musing on the way haiku poems are constructed.  There are also three Violin and Piano arrangements as well.  If you wish any other combination of this or any pieces please let me know and I would be happy to oblige.

Haiku 1 for Viola and Piano     Haiku 2 for Viola and Piano

Haiku 3 for Viola and Piano

Haiku 1 for Violin and Piano        Haiku 2 for Violin and Piano

Haiku 3 for Violin and Piano

Happy Pieces

These are the original Happy Piece 2 for Marimba and Violin, plus two arrangements for Piano and viola and violin.  Also an arrangement of Happy Piece 4 for strings from the piano version.

Happy Piece 2 for Marimba and Violin

Happy Piece 2 for Piano and Viola

Happy Piece 2 for Piano and Violin

 

Happy Piece 4 for strings score

Violin 1        Violin 2        Viola        Cello

Piece grouped by instrument group

Here are some of my compositions, sorted out into Instruments and groups of Instruments. Click on any image below to go to the corresponding page.

Brass
Guitar
Harp
Harpischord
Mixed Ensemble
Organ
Piano
Recorders
Strings
Tuned Percussion
Voice
Wind Instruments
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