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arriaga nsmQuartet No.1, by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga

Violin 1 Transcribed for Flute by Peter H. Bloom

Flute Part, PDF $9.95

Peter H. Bloom wrote the following foreword (© 2014):

"Even among the most celebrated musical prodigies (Mozart, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi, and Varèse, for example) Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga's genius and technical mastery are exceptional.  This D-minor quartet, one of three string quartets written in 1824, is a work of structural brilliance, rhetorical grace, and elegant intensity.

Adapting music originally written for violin to flute is often relatively straightforward.   Occasional octave reassignment and re-interpretation of double stops are typical changes.   But when a flute assumes the voice of the first violin in the context of a string quartet, further accommodations are usually necessary.  Dynamic balance, sonority, clarity of phrasing and consistency of articulation among the ensemble require a reassessment of many interpretive indications that are native to the violin.  In this arrangement we have, as a rule, eliminated Portato indications; they are useful for violinists but merely distracting to the flutist.   Articulation and phrasing marks have occasionally been changed, or eliminated, in instances where violin-orientated directions might mislead the flutist.

A final thought: The flutist proposing to replace the first violin in a string quartet of this beauty and integrity may meet resistance from string-playing colleagues.  After a fair reading, however, they'll share your enthusiasm for Arriaga's Quartet in D-minor for Flute and Strings."

P. H. Bloom, Somerville, MA

29, May 2014 ©

Click to preview a page of Mr. Bloom's flute transcription of the violin 1 part for Quartet No. 1 by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga.

We provide only the transcribed Flute part.   The Violin 2, Viola, and Cello parts, as well as the original Violin 1 part, are in the public domain and available as free PDFs downloads from IMSLP.org.

Flute part, 9 pages; Total, 12 pages.

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Bloom Ablaze-Fl-Vc-Guit nsmAblaze She Came in the Dream, by Peter H. Bloom

Contemporary Composition for Flute, Cello, and Guitar (or Electric Guitar)

Flute, Cello, & Guitar Parts, and Score, PDF $22.97

Ablaze She Came in the Dream by flutist Peter H. Bloom was scored in its original version for flute, viola, and guitar.  This intriguing piece comprises eleven brief episodes, which may be repeated any number of times.  It is intended to serve as an interpretive vehicle for the performers and thus should be executed freely and expressively.  Ablaze received its premier performance in November, 2014, in Boston as part of the Church of the Advent Library Concert Series and featured Mr. Bloom on flute, Frank Grimes on viola, and Anastasiya Dumma on electric guitar.

In the spring of 2016, NSM received a request for a cello version of Ablaze; we complied by creating, in collaboration with the composer, an adaptation for flute, cello, and guitar.  Ablaze is not only an exciting piece to hear, it's fun to play as well.  Both the viola and cello editions are suitable for adventurous, advanced players.  Those wishing to purchase one of our Ablaze editions and then order an additional alternative viola or cello part for a small charge should use the Contact Us form to let us know; we'll make arrangements to accommodate your request.

Score, 23 pages; Flute Part, 11 pages; Guitar Part, 12 pages; Cello Part, 12 pages; Total, 66 pages.

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Bloom Ablaze nsm245rAblaze She Came in the Dream, by Peter H. Bloom

Contemporary Composition for Flute, Viola, and Guitar (or Electric Guitar)

Flute, Viola, & Guitar Parts and Score, PDF $22.97

Flutist Peter H. Bloom is no stranger to Noteworthy Sheet Music or to our customers, as he has contributed several popular arrangements and transcriptions to our catalog and he also serves as an editorial consultant for NSM.

Now we are very pleased to offer this newly published (2014) and highly intriguing original composition by Mr. Bloom entitled Ablaze She Came in the Dream.  The piece comprises eleven brief episodes written for the unusual trio combination of flute, viola, and guitar (or electric guitar).   Ablaze is intended to serve as an interpretive vehicle for the performers and thus should be executed freely and expressively.   The work is suitable for advanced players.

Click to access a recording of the premier performance of Ablaze which took place on November 21, 2014 in Boston, MA, as part of the Church of the Advent Library Concert Series.  The performance features Peter H. Bloom on flute, Frank Grimes on viola, and Anastasiya Dumma on electric guitar.

Score, 23 pages; Flute Part, 11 pages; Guitar Part, 12 pages; Viola Part, 12 pages; Total, 66 pages.

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Finlayson Moon-Shadows nsmMoon Shadows, by Walter A. Finlayson

Contemporary Composition for 2 Flutes, 2 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, and 9 Percussion Instruments

Score and Parts, PDF $14.25

Walter Finlayson (1919-2000) was an American composer, musician, educator, and music innovator, with nearly twenty original compositions and some forty arrangements to his credit.  While serving in the navy, he played saxophone and clarinet in the US Naval Reserve dance band, seated next to the great Artie Shaw.  Finlayson's ASCAP output includes music for band, dance band, orchestra, voice, and chorus.  His compositions and arrangements have been published by Boosey & Hawkes, EB Marks, Boston Music, and Mercury Music, and performed by major college marching band programs.  One of his best-known compositions is I Had a Premonition, which was written for voice and piano, but which was later arranged for the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, one of the preeminent bands of the swing era.  A recording of the tune can be heard on The Jimmie Lunceford Collection: 1930-47 compact disc released in 2014 on the Fabulous label, and on YouTube.

Noteworthy Sheet Music's chief editorial consultant Peter H. Bloom received Finlayson's previously-unpublished score for Moon Shadows from the composer's daughter, and we were impressed with its quality and sophistication.  For a piece written in the late 1930's or early 1940's, as Gale Finlayson recollects (the score is not dated), Moon Shadows seems remarkably ahead of its time.  The work is scored for two flutes, two clarinets, bass clarinet, bells, vibraphone, xylophone, finger cymbals, maracas, bongos, roll cymbals, temple blocks, and tympani.  We notated our modern edition of the piece as faithfully as possible based on the hand-written Finlayson score; our edition of Moon Shadows includes both score and parts.  We at NSM are pleased to aid in the re-discovery of some of Walter Finlayson's works; for additional information about this interesting composer, please visit the Our Composers page under About Us.

Score, 19 pages; Parts for Flute-1, Flute-2, Clarinet-1, Clarinet-2, Bass Clarinet, Bells, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Finger Cymbals and Maracas, Bongos and Roll Cymbals, Temple Blocks, and Tympani, 1 page each; Total, 34 pages. 

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mozart sinfonia nsmSinfonia Concertante, K.364, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Transcribed for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano by John W. Pratt

(originally for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra)

Piano Score, Flute & Clarinet Parts, PDF $17.99

Excerpted from the Foreword by J. W. Pratt:  "The idea that every piece, especially a major one, can be satisfactorily transcribed for whatever instruments one would like is one I firmly reject.  However, a trio arrangement of this Sinfonia Concertante for flute, clarinet, and piano can, I believe, capture and present in a new light many of the wonders of this great work, even the wonders of its sonorities. .... In the arrangement here, the flute and clarinet almost always play either a solo part or an orchestral part with only octave changes. .... For the piano, on the other hand, straightforward orchestral reduction is often ineffective and unsatisfying, and that would certainly be true here, even with the flute and clarinet taking some wind parts. I have attempted instead to find natural piano "orchestrations" as alternatives to Mozart's orchestral layouts, especially where the full orchestra is playing. .... Such effects, often heightened on returns, are better suited to the piano's capabilities and its role as a member of a trio than a straightforward reduction would be. .... The music available for flute, clarinet, and piano includes surprisingly few major works.   The purpose of our arrangement is to add a significant piece to this repertoire and to enable players and listeners to enjoy Mozart's magnificent Sinfonia Concertante in a new way."

Click to preview a page of the score from Mr. Pratt's transcription of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for flute, clarinet, and piano.

Score, 41 pages; Flute part, 18 pages; Clarinet part, 17 pages; Total, 82 pages.

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