Sakura (Cello and Piano): Recording and Sheet Music

Sakura (Japanese for cherry blossom) is a composition inspired by oriental styles, but ultimately rooted in western music traditions. It is slow and lyrical, exploiting three octaves of the cello’s range from G3 – G6.

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Restart Cello: a New Cello Method by Deryn Cullen

I’m very excited to announce that a new cello album and method which I was approached to write and arrange last year is now in print and will be released on 31 March 2012.

The book is called Restart Cello, and is part of an instrumental series created by Wise Publications (part of the Music Sales Group) aimed at adults returning to their chosen instrument after a break of several years. As a teacher who has always welcomed and enjoyed teaching adult learners, I am passionate about developing teaching methods that are better suited to older novice and intermediate players, since most methods at this level are traditionally aimed at children.

As it is, there is somewhat of a shortage of cello methods better suited to older players. Those who took lessons during their childhood are always faced with an additional challenge: they know what they were previously capable of and often feel frustrated with no longer being able to play to the same standard. The Restart method takes into account that those using it are not complete beginners. They will almost certainly progress more rapidly than most beginners, and need to feel that they are making music from as early on as possible. Essentially, the book is a compilation of twelve specially selected and arranged pieces ordered from easiest to most challenging. Each piece is preceded by notes and exercises that carefully take into account the aspects of technique that need to be revisited when returning to the cello after a long break. To further enhance the music-making experience, there is an accompanying CD with beautiful renditions of each piece and accompaniments for the student to play along with. The chosen pieces cover a variety of styles and genres, which I hope players will find fun and enriching!

Restart Cello - Deryn Cullen

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The Tower (Cello Quintet): Recording and Sheet Music

The Tower: a composition from the album Metamorphosis.

The level of difficulty for each part is as follows:

Cello 1: Higher intermediate (main technical challenge: sustained melodic lines in the higher register of the cello up to F5; some tricky position changes)

Cello 2: Intermediate (up to sixth position; some solo content)

Cello 3: Intermediate (up to sixth position)

Cello 4: Easy – intermediate (main challenge: tremolo)

Cello 5: Easy – intermediate (main challenge: tremolo)

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Black Heart (Cello Quintet): Recording and Sheet Music

Black Heart: a composition from the album Metamorphosis.

The level of difficulty for each part is as follows:

Cello 1: Advanced (main technical challenge: sustained melodic lines in the higher register of the cello up to E5)

Cello 2: Advanced (main technical challenge: cello two serves as a descant part and plays sustained lines in the high register up to A5)

Cello 3: Intermediate (mid range up to sixth position)

Cello 4: Easy

Cello 5: Easy

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Legend of the Lost (Cello Quintet): Recording and Sheet Music

Legend of the Lost: a composition from the album Metamorphosis

The level of difficulty for each part is as follows:

Cello 1: Advanced (main technical challenge: sustained melodic lines in the higher register of the cello up to F5)

Cello 2: Higher Intermediate (main technical challenge: leggiero semiquaver passage from bars 17 – 24)

Cello 3: Intermediate

Cello 4: Easy

Cello 5: Easy

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Into Eternity (Cello Trio): Recording and Sheet Music

This is the first of a series of posts introducing new works composed by my husband, Dan Cullen and arranged for cello by me along with a few of my own compositions. Into Eternity was composed and recorded in July 2011. It’s part of an album called Metamorphosis which was written specifically for film and TV use and is now part of Immediate Music’s exclusive catalogue. We decided to create a collection of tracks, each of which which worked in a variety of instrumental settings from full orchestra and choir to small ensemble. Some of these turned out to be cello ensembles, ranging from trio to quintet.

This work is suitable for cellists of intermediate to advanced level. The form is very simple: one theme three times (e minor for the first two, g minor for the third) increasing in intensity each time. There is a short bridge between each repeat, and cello 3 is silent until the first bridge. The overall feel is that of a plaintive folk song, but there should be a strong contrast in articulation and mood between the first and third sections.
You can listen to the track here:

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© D C Cello Studio 2011