Classical Sheet Music for String Musicians
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Two Gershwin favorites have come to cello courtesy of editor Valter Dešpalj. (Read more...)
The Prelude to Wagner’s monumental opera Tristan & Isolde is a classic of orchestral writing: with both the famous ‘Tristan chord’ at the start and the luscious cello tune. The Tristan Prelude has become Cellophony’s signature piece! (Read more...)
One of the most well-known Rachmaninoff preludes, the G Minor from Op. 23 is a popular subject for arrangement and orchestration. Editor Ernst Schliephake has transcribed this quintessential Post-Romantic era work for violin. (Read more...)
The other Francoeur brother joins the Ovation Press catalog with editor Nada Radulovich at the lead. Check out her edition of Louis Francoeur's Sonata IV in E Major. (Read more...)
Enjoy an original composition from Tim Janof, a self-taught cellist who learned and played for years before he had his first teacher as a sophomore in college. (Read more...)
- Concerto no. 2 in B minor (Bass & String Orchestra), composed by Giovanni Bottesini and edited by Jeff Bradetich
- Technical Exercises (Bass Solo), composed by Jeff Bradetich
- Caprice No. 14 (Bass Solo), composed by Niccolò Paganini and edited by Anthony Stoops
- Also sprach Zarathustra (Bass Orchestral Part), composed by Richard Strauss Sr. and edited by Edwin Barker
- Basso Capriccioso (Bass Solo), composed and edited by Anthony Stoops
- Prelude No. 2 (Cello and Guitar), composed by George Gershwin and edited by Valter Dešpalj
- "Summertime" (Voice and Cello) composed by George Gershwin and edited by Valter Dešpalj
- Sonata IV in E Major (Cello and Piano), composed by Louis Francoeur and edited by Nada Radulovich
- Janof Rondo in Blue (Cello & Piano), composed and edited by Tim Janof
- Omaggio a Bellini (Cello & Guitar), composed by Pavle Dešpalj and edited by Valter Dešpalj
- Melody (Viola and Piano), composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff and edited by Viacheslav Dinerchtein
- Much Ado About Nothing (Viola & Piano), composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and edited by Donald McInnes
- Serenade (Ständchen) (Viola & Piano), composed by Franz Schubert and edited by Donald McInnes
- Serenade (Ständchen) (Viola & Piano), composed by Richard Strauss and edited by Donald McInnes
- Notre amour (Viola & Piano), composed by Gabriel Fauré and edited by Donald McInnes
- Prelude in G minor Op. 23, No. 5 for (Violin Solo), composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff and edited by Ernst Schliephake
- Come Close the Curtains of Your Eyes (Violin and Piano), composed and edited by Amy Barlowe
- Celeste Aida (Violin Solo), composed by Giuseppe Verdi and edited by Ernst Schliephake
- Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 (Violin Solo), composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff and edited by Ernst Schliephake
- Violin Concerto Op. 53 (Violin & Orchestra), composed by Antonin Dvorák and edited by Ruggiero Ricci
- Wagner's Prelude from Tristan & Isolde (Cello Octet), compoased by Richard Wagner and edited by Richard Birchall and Cellophony
- Dešpalj Dotzauer Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" (Cello Duo), composed by Valter Dešpalj and edited by Valter Dešpalj<
- Unheard Serenade (Cello Octet), composed and edited by Stephen Watkins
- O Holy Night (Cello Trio), composed by Kathy Fraser and edited by Adolphus Adam
- Abendlied (Cello Sextet), composed by Josef Rheinberger and edited by Valter Dešpalj
- Zigeunerweisen/Gypsy Airs (Cello & String Quintet/Orchestra), composed by Pablo de Sarasate and edited by Valter Dešpalj
- Sonata in G Major K. 391 (Violin and Viola Duet), composed by Dominic Scarlatti and edited by Amy Barlowe
- Fugue from Le Tombeau de Couperin (String Trio), composed by Maurice Ravel and edited by Charles Jacot
- Celebration Suite (String Orchestra, Percussion, and Sopranos), composed and edited by Amy Barlowe
- Variations on a Paganini Theme (Cello and String Orchestra), composed and edited by Amy Barlowe
- Schelomo (Piano Reduction), composed by Ernst Bloch and edited by Alex Maynegre-Torra
Until retiring from public performance in 2009, Mr. McInnes has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestra Nationale de France, and many more. Mr. McInnes also held Professorship of Viola at the University of Southern California (formerly held by his teacher, the famed William Primrose) for 53 years until May of 2014. Today, his students can be found winning important competitions, in leading orchestras, and teaching at many of the finest conservatories and universities. In addition, Mr. McInnes has been an active recording artist: during the fall of 1999, a re-release of his famous recording of Berlioz’ Harold in Italy with Leonard Bernstein conducting became available.
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Richard Birchall (editor profile)
Richard Birchall studied Music at Cambridge University and as a postgraduate cellist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, under Louise Hopkins. Today, he pursues a varied and colourful career as a cellist, composer, arranger, and lyricist. As a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra he performs regularly in the great concert halls of the world. He is cellist of the Minerva Piano Trio and a founding member of Cellophony Cello Octet, an ensemble of eight cellists that have performed throughout the UK, in Europe, and as far afield as South Korea. Cellophony have recently signed to Edition Records, releasing their first CD album Vibrez.
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Bernard Zaslav (editor profile)
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bernard Zaslav spent the first two years of his career in the viola section of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, and the rest of the 20th century as violist of the Kohon String Quartet, the Zaslav Duo, and many other ensembles. Throughout his career he commissioned, premiered, and recorded countless works by new music composers such as Elliot Carter, Milton Babbitt, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Roger Sessions, and William Bolcom, among many others. Mr. Zaslav has served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Northern Illinois University, and Stanford University. In 2011, he published his critically-acclaimed memoir, The Viola in My Life: An Alto Rhapsody
Read our exclusive interview with Bernard Zaslav.
Jorja Fleezanis (editor profile)
Jorja Fleezanis was concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009—the longest tenured concertmaster in the orchestra’s history and only the second woman in the U.S. to hold the title of concertmaster in a major orchestra when appointed. She also held the post of associate concertmaster with the San Francisco Symphony for eight years and began her professional career at age twenty-three as a member of the Chicago Symphony. In the fall of 2009 she became Professor of Violin and Orchestral Studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in order to devote herself full time to teaching and mentoring.
Gerhard Roither (editor profile)
A native of Germany, Gerhard Roither was born in Berlin in 1932. Mr. Roither has been a member of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (formerly the RIAS- and later Radio-Symphony Orchestra Berlin) for 42 years. He was also a member of the Fournes String Quartet from 1959 until 1970. In 1972, during a tour with the Berlin Philharmonic, the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic asked Mr. Roither to compose a few short pieces for them to use as encores. This inspired Mr. Roither to arrange the Seven Spirituals for The Berlin Philharmonic Cello Ensemble, as well as the Swedish Vaermland-Song.
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