Musical Meadow of Flowers

10 Duets for 2 Violas
Erwin Jacobs (*1936)
Difficulty level: 2 (Easy)


The musical language is - like our everyday language - brought here and connected to the classical-romantic tradition. I have chosen the flower names of the duets arbitrarily; they can stimulate the imagination, but are not to be understood as a program. The individual pieces are short and manageable, but of varying character. They do not require any special playing skills and can serve especially music lovers for stimulation and pleasure. It was important to me, however, to arrange both voices as equal and rhythmically independent. Erwin Jacobs

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Studies for Viola
Timothy Baxter (1935-2021)

Grade 1-8
 

Short and simple pieces for Viola
Edited by Karin Dolman

Series: Educational #1

Many composers think of writing large work with virtuoso passages, for a large and excited audience. However, at this time I appreciate those composers most who write new music for our coming generations of musicians. That is music that inspires young talents and excites us listeners. Many of Timothy Baxter's compositions consider the level of its players. These player-friendly pre-studies present a welcome contrast to the daily exercises!  Karin Dolman

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First Steps

our series with editions for your first steps on the viola
 

Die Intervalle (The intervals)

Eight short and simple pieces for Viola
by Michael Bønsdorf (*1965)
Difficulty level: 1 - 3 (Easy)
Series: First Steps No. 2


Michael Bønsdorf is a Danish composer born in 1965 in the city of Odense. He earned a master's degree in musicology from Aalborg University. As part of his studies, he studied theory and composition with well-known Danish composers Svend Christiansen, Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen and Niels Marthinsen. Bønsdorf's music is characterized by a clear form and a multi-layered stylistic expression.


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My First Playlist

Six Very Easy Pieces for Viola and Piano
by Austin Boothroyd (*1959)
Difficulty level: 1 - 3 (Easy)
Series: First Steps No. 1


This work finds its inspiration in the 1892 publication 'Easy Melodious Exercises in the First Position, for Violin with Pianoforte Accompaniment, by Edward Elgar, Op. 22.' 'My First Playlist, Six Easy Pieces for Viola and Piano' is a collection of new compositions for beginners on the viola. It is my hope that these new pieces will prove as useful and helpful as Elgar's original pieces.


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Karin Dolman (1967)

Pierrot
for Viola solo

 

Violist Karin Dolman studied violin and viola at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands from 1985 to 1992. There she met pianist Caecilia Boschman. Together they won prizes at several international competitions. Karin Dolman is a specialist in contemporary classical music performance. For 27 years, she enjoyed an eclectic career as part of Rotterdam's DoelenQuartet. Since September 2011, Karin Dolman has been teaching viola at Codarts, the University of the Arts in Rotterdam. She plays an instrument made by Dutch violin maker Jan van der Elst. In 2012, Dolman and a few other violists founded the Dutch Viola Society. Through this society, she organized the successful International Viola Congress 2018 in Rotterdam. In 2020, she became the vice president of the International Viola Society.
Why Pierrot? The lockdowns caused many artists in the Netherlands to feel a pain similar to that of Pierrot, when his love for Columbine went unanswered. The artists expressed their love for culture and were sad to conclude that society did not seem to find comfort through culture during the pandemic. Although my story of Pierrot has no happy end, I am confident there are better days ahead for culture, as long as we strive to make best efforts for the arts! Karin Dolman

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Jacques Eduard Rensburg (1846-1910)
Three pieces, op. 2
for Viola and Piano


Original for Violoncello and Piano
arranged and edited by Wolfgang Birtel
Score and part, BACH-Format (230mm x 302mm), 16 + 8 pages

This arrangement of his Three Pieces op. 2 is based on the first edition published by Gustav Cohen in Bonn in late 1889 or early 1890 (it was advertised in the February 1890 issue of the Hofmeister catalogue). The notation has been modernized, and a few mistakes have been corrected without further comment. The original version has been published by PONTICELLO Edition with the publisher’s number PON 1043 (ISMN 979-0-50208-043-3).
These three charming Romantic miniatures are also ideal for the viola – this is atmospheric music that is perfect for domestic music-making, teaching purposes or as concert encores.

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27 Classic Christmas Carols

arranged and edited by Austin Boothroyd

Level of difficulty: Grade 1-3 (ABRSM)

 
1. Angels from the Realms of Glory | 2. Away in a Manger | 3. Burnage Villa | 4. Come all you Worthy Gentlemen | 5. Coventry Carol | 6. Christians, Awake | 7. Ding Dong! Merrily on High | 8. Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen | 9. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen | 10. Good King Wenceslas | 11. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing | 12. In dulci jubilo | 13. In the Bleak Mid-Winter | 14. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear | 15. O Come, All Ye Faithful | 16. O du fröhliche | 17. O Little Town of Bethlehem | 18. Once in Royal David's City | 19. See Amid the Winter's Snow | 20. Stille Nacht | 21. Sussex Carol | 22. The First Nowell | 23. The Holly and the Ivy | 24. The Truth from Above | 25. We Three Kings | 26. We Wish You a Merry Christmas | 27. While Shepherds Watched their Flocks
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Sonata in a-minor for Violin, Viola and Violoncello

Original for the pianoforte, KV 310
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
arranged and edited by Stéphane Rougier
Level of difficulty: medium

 

Stéphane Rougier was born into a family of musicians in Strasbourg. He grew up in a musical environment, and began playing the violin when still a child. At 14, Rougier was accepted into the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he won prizes for violin and chamber music. He continued his studies in Germany, and soon began a career as a chamber musician and as a soloist on the violin and viola. In 1996 he was appointed the concert master of the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique in Nancy, and in 1999 he was made concert master of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine under Hans Graf.

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Reprints

 
Bach, Johann Sebastian  (1685–1750)
Prelude and Fugue in G major
for 2 violins, viola and violoncello
after Prelude and Fugue in G major for organ (BWV 541)
NEW: BACH format (230mm x 302mm)
12 + 3 x 4 pages
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Bach, Johann Sebastian  (1685–1750)
Well-Tempered Clavier Part 2, vol. 7: 9 two-part preludes
for 2 violas (7x) or viola and violoncello (9x) after the original version for piano (harpsichord)
NEW: BACH format (230mm x 302mm)
24+20+16 pages
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Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713)
La Follia for Violin and Viola
after the Sonata for Violin and Basso continuo in D minor op. 5 No. 12
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Sonata F major for piano and viola
after the Sonata in F major for piano and violin (KV 377)
NEW: BACH-Format, 20+8 pages
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