Recently Added Sheet Music – 3 July 2020

Hello Music-Scorers! This week Anne has added five new arrangements to her collection of Bizet’s Toreador’s Song from Carmen. String Ensemble (Long)Clarinet Quartet (Long)Brass Quartet (Long)String Quartet (Long)Wind Quartet (Long) We now have nearly 40 arrangements by Bizet on

Felix Mendelssohn: 3 Feb 1809 – 4 Nov 1847

Introduction Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer, organist, and pianist of the early Romantic period. He was born in Hamburg to Jewish parents; Lea and Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Abraham was a German philanthropist and banker. Lea was a pianist and the reason behind Felix’s success and also a huge supporter of JS Bach. Felix was also the grandson… Read More »

Who was Fur Elise?

Für Elise (Bagatelle 25 in A minor) is one of our favourites at music scores.  Despite this I never realised that it wasn’t published until 1827, 40 years after Beethoven’s death by Ludwig Kohl. There is some uncertainty who Elise was and it is thought that Kohl may have transcribed it incorrectly and it should have been Für… Read More »

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: 14 Nov 1778 – 17 Oct 1837

Intro. Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. He delighted audiences as a pianist wherever he went, but he is best known today as a composer of his work for the trumpet.  At the age of eight Mozart offered him music lessons and Hummel lived with Mozart for two years for free. He and Mozart cemented… Read More »

Antonio Vivaldi: 4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741

Introduction Antonio Vivaldi was an Italian composer and violinist of the Baroque period, as well as being a priest and teacher. He influenced many composers with his innovative use of Baroque music. He wrote over five hundred concerto’s (almost half of these were for the violin) and 46 operas. Family His father Giovanni Battista Vivaldi was originally a… Read More »

Julius Fucik: 23 Feb 1903 – 8 Sept 1943

Introduction Julius Fucik is not a hugely familiar composer this is probably due to the type of music he composed.  With a background in the military most of his work was for military bands.  He composed over 400 military marches, polkas and waltzes. He was born in Prague in 1872 and died in 1916 at the age of just… Read More »

Recently Added Sheet Music – 26 June 2020

Hello Music-Scorers! I hope this Blog finds you safe and well. Anne has been very busy over the last few weeks. Here we have 18 new arrangements with compositions from Bizet, Wagner, Brahms, Greig, Leontovich, MacDowell and Mozart. Bizet – Toreadors Song from CarmenWind Quartet (short)String Quartet (normal range 1st violin)String Quartet (high 1st violin)Clarinet QuartetBrass Quartet Wagner:… Read More »

Johann Strauss Jnr: 25 Oct 1825 – 3 June 1899

Johann Strauss Jnr was the eldest son of Johann Strauss and known as the ‘Waltz King’. His father never wanted his son to become a musician favouring the banking profession to protect him from the hardships associated with a musician. When he discovered that his son had secretly been studying and practising the violin with his own first… Read More »

Eric Satie: 17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925

Introduction Eric Alfred Leslie Satie was a French composer and pianist who was of major influence to twentieth century music. His fame is also attributed to his unique style which was often flippant, ‘out of the ordinary’ and humorous. Satie was born in Honfleur, Normany, France to Alfred Satie and Jane Leslie. Alfred was a ship builder and… Read More »