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Suite Francaise No 3

Jean-Sebastien Bach: Suite Francaise No 3 (for Two Guitars)

This suite—from the famous “Six French Suites”—was composed at the end of the Bach’s stay at the Köthen court. Bach’s knowledge of (and interest in) French harpsichord music and technique is evident throughout the Suite.

hard place

Hard Place (Between a Rock…)

Hard Place (Between a Rock…) is a challenging conversation between two flutes. Featuring extended techniques (tongue pizzicato, beatboxing, vocal shushing, and optional whistling), this duet’s dissonant and sonorous nature offers drama, excitement, and color.

W.A. Mozart: Nine Variations on a Minuet (for flute and harp)

The Variations on Jean-Pierre Duport’s Minuet, K. 573 (originally for solo piano) are a product of Mozart’s final years. Exuding the childlike wonder and capacity for joy that Mozart sustained throughout his life, these sunny and playful variations could almost pass for music from his youth. Only one variation reveals that they were written in […]

The Melody At Night, With You

This book comprises Keith Jarrett’s solo piano renderings of jazz ballads and folk songs, in which he strips them to their melodic essence and, gently, lays bare their emotional core. This transcription, which has Jarrett’s personal approval, was worked out at the keyboard and aims, above all, for maximum playability within the greatest tonal range. […]

Grand Fantasy on Rossini’s Semiramide

Virtuoso flutist Robert Stallman won accolades throughout his 50-year career of performing and transcribing. A lifelong lover of opera, when his wife suggested he create his own opera fantasy, he quickly took up Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide as the score to explore, noting that it included so much flute and piccolo material. The Semiramide premiered in […]

Flute Concerto (for Flute and Wind Ensemble)

The “Flute Concerto,” by Peter Senchuk, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), is in a standard three-movement form, with the first and third movements acting as fast, virtuosic bookends to the much gentler and more lyrical second movement. The work was commissioned as a gift for musician Pam Youngblood, of Texas Women’s University, and, according […]

Fandango (for Solo Cello)

Radiating all the heat of passionate Spanish dance music, Lauren Bernofsky’s “Fandango” uses the solo cello both for the strumming and rhythmic effects of Flamenco, and also for the sensual lyricism of this ripe folk idiom. “Fandango” features a rich hybrid language, blending dark chord progressions in G Minor, Phrygian color, and an expansive and […]

Meantone Temperaments on Lutes and Viols

In this handbook supplemented with figures, diagrams, and music examples, historical performers will discover why temperaments are necessary and how they work, descriptions of a variety of temperaments, and their application on fretted instruments. This technical book provides downloadable audio tracks and other tools for fretted instrument players to achieve more stable consonances, colorful dissonances, […]

Divertissement Aspenois (For Unaccompanied Clarinet in B Flat)

Pianist Victor Babin arranged and composed for various settings. His “Divertissement Aspenois,” a virtuosic tribute to clarinetist Reginald Kell, may have been inspired by hearing Kell play Stravinsky’s “Three Pieces at Aspen,”where they both performed. Babin, former director of the Aspen Music Festival and dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music, wrote this unaccompanied piece […]

Phoenix Rising (for Solo Soprano Saxophone)

Legends of the phoenix are found in stories from ancient Egypt and Greece: a sacred bird with brilliantly colored plumage and melodious call lives for typically 500 years, then dies in a nest of embers, only to be reborn among the flames. “Phoenix Rising” consists of two movements: I. Dying in Embers represents an old […]