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Griffin Blues on the G String – 5-20 Celli

Composed by Steven Griffin

Title: Blues on the G String (for 5-20 Celli)
Composer: Steven Griffin
Instrument: Violoncello
Edited By: Steven Griffin
Instrumentation: 5-20 Celli
Pages: 10 for score and 15 for the 5 parts

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Blues on the G String was composed by Steven Griffin for five parts that can be played as a quintet or as a larger group with multiple cellists on each or all parts. Mr. Griffin is a Welsh composer and teacher who has composed a wide variety of choral, chamber and orchestral pieces. He is currently the Assistant Director of Music at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, Scotland. His compositions and arrangements have been programmed throughout the world, with recent performances in Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the US.

First, this piece is meant to be a bit of fun so don’t take it too seriously! It is for a large group of cellists rather than a quintet and is aimed for a group varying in ability from beginner to grade VIII+. Ideally there should be at least two players (preferably 4) on each part to allow for divisi playing.
--Steven Griffin

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Violoncello I


I would like to thank the following people for their input to Blues on the G String:

Lucy Gillan for asking me to compose Blues on the G String, for her drive, energy, support, and for her help with bowings and technical issues for young cellists;

Clea Morris, who played Cello 5 in the first performance, for her simple yet striking and beautiful front cover design; Cellodonia, the cello ensemble of George Watson’s College, Edinburgh, for their stylish first performance and their enthusiasm for the whole project.

--Steven Griffin
March 2015