String Quartet

Valerie ColemanUmoja

 
 
Composer Valerie Coleman is a distinct voice in a new generation of African-American artists who combine African-American heritage and urban culture with contemporary classical music. The melody is mainly a viola solo with supporting rhythms from the violins and a constant motor played by the cello. An original “groove-based” composition calling for unity through the tradition of call and response, <i>Umoja</i> is Swahili for “unity” and is also the first day of the Kwanzaa holiday. An excellent recital encore or demo piece.

Suited for:

       

For String Quartet, 4 minutes.
STR4-0940 . . . $29.00


Paquito D’RiveraPreludio y Merengue

 
 
A memorable recital work and excellent example of Paquito’s unique mix of Latin and modal jazz styles. The colorful and episodic Preludio is followed by an energetic, lilting Merengue in five-eight time. Includes improvised solos for the clarinet. A wonderful string quartet arrangement by Gustavo Tavares.

Suited for:

       

For Clarinet and String Quartet, 6 minutes.
CL-0322 . . . $42.00


Paquito D’RiveraVillage Street Quartet

 
 
This quartet in one movement was inspired by a Greenwich Village street fair that Paquito observed shortly after moving to New York City in 1980. The piece depicts the multicultural atmosphere created by the various street musicians, vendors and ethnic foods. Composed for the Ying Quartet, it will be released on their new album “Ying Quartet Plays LifeMusic” (Quartz).

Suited for:

       

For String Quartet, 16 minutes.
STR4-0302 . . . $42.00


Paquito D’RiveraWapango

 
 
A lively Afro-Mexican dance (huapango) with a syncopated bass line – Wapango by Cuban-American Latin/jazz artist D’Rivera is perfect for a recital opener or encore, jobs or educational demos!

Suited for:

       

For String Quartet, 4 minutes.
STR4-9924 . . . $24.00


Adolphus HailstorkSongs of the Magi

 
 
Renowned African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork’s beautiful piece in four movements works well for recitals and church programs. Stylistically romantic with subtle modern influences. Solo part may be performed by flute, oboe or clarinet.

Suited for:

           

For Flute (or Oboe or Clarinet) and String Quartet, 17 minutes.
MC-0155 . . . $32.00


Marin MaraisLe Basque

The famous one minute encore piece used by horn virtuoso Dennis Brain, who called it “a little French dance, which also happens to be the shortest piece I know.” Arranged by Adam Lesnick.

Suited for:

     

For Horn or English Horn with String Quartet, 1 minutes.
HN-9515 . . . $10.00


Soong Fu-YuanGan Tang Shi (Poems of the Tang Dynasty)

 
 
Soong’s quartet is in five contrasting movements: Moonlight Before My Bed (Jing Ye Si), By a Quiet Pond (Chi Bien), Thoughts on an Ancient Battlefield (Diao Gu Zhan Chang Wen), Autumn Moon Festival (Zhong Qiu Yue), and Nostalgia on a Summer Day (Xia Ri Huai Xiang). A quartet with hauntingly beautiful Chinese sonorities and harmonies, and dissonant and neo-classical styles. Perfect for recitals, educational concerts, and multi-cultural programming.

Suited for:

       

For String Quartet, 15 minutes.
STR4-9940 . . . $39.00


Becky SteltznerHambani Kakuhle Kwela

Composed in the style of the popular South African Pennywhistle Tune known as the kwela by Cape Town Philharmonic (South Africa) clarinetist, Becky Steltzner. This short, upbeat encore piece will be a favorite for all occasions! Available for flute with string quartet or woodwind quintet featuring flute.

Suited for:

         

For Flute and String Quartet, 4 minutes.
FL-9853 . . . $22.00


Justinian TamusuzaMu Kkubo Ery’ Omusalaaba

 
 
Tamusuza’s most well-known work – an African string quartet in three movements. The first movement, Ekitundu Ekisooka, was recorded by the Kronos Quartet on their best-selling Pieces of Africa album which made history when it hit the top of both of Billboard’s Classical and World Music categories. This piece utilizes pentatonic scales, ostinato phrases, percussionism common to the composer’s Kiganda musical traditions, in addition to various string harmonics and other techniques.

Suited for:

     

For String Quartet, 25 minutes.
STR4-0350 . . . $56.00


Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSix Studies in English Folksong

Arrangements of the popular recital pieces in a setting with string quartet accompaniment. The English horn part is from the original Vaughan Williams version. Arranged by Adam Lesnick. (Available in the USA only)

Suited for:

         

For English Horn and String Quartet, 9-10 minutes.
EH-9501 . . . $20.00


Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSix Studies in English Folksong

Arrangements of the popular recital pieces in a setting with string quartet accompaniment. The clarinet part is from the original Vaughan Williams version. Arranged by Adam Lesnick. (Available in the USA only)

Suited for:

         

For Clarinet and String Quartet, 9-10 minutes.
CL-9501 . . . $20.00

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