I’m pleased to announce that I have released a digital score for my cello quintet arrangement of Schubert’s Andante from his piano trio no. 2 in E-flat major. Having made a recording of the arrangement (also available to buy), I should probably warn in advance of the trickiness, especially in parts 1, 3 and 4. Suitable for advanced cellists – grade 8 and above.
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.
When you have completed your purchase you’ll receive an email with a download link to the sheet music PDF, as well as a piano-only practice recording. Your music will be sent to you within 24 hours of your purchase (in most cases, much sooner than that)
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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!
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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)
To purchase the score and parts (£6), click the image below.
When you have completed your purchase you’ll receive an email with a username and password and URL to access the PDF download. This will be sent within 12 hours of your transaction.
© D C Cello Studio 2011