Waldesgruss and Frühlingsblumen, Op.26, by C. Reinecke
Facsimile Edition plus Transcriptions for Flute & Alto Flute by C.A.Vater
Score for Violin, Voice, & Piano, Violin Part, Flute & Alto Flute Parts, PDF $9.98
Carl Reinecke (1824-1910) was a renowned German pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher of composition. He composed numerous works, and for over 35 years was a leader of the music scene in Leipzig. Reinecke's Op.26 includes two songs for voice with accompaniment of violin and piano: No.1, Waldesgruss (The Forest's Greeting); and No.2, Frühlingsblumen (Spring Flowers). The vocal range of Reinecke's Op.26 lieder extends from C4 to A5, and thus is well-suited for either soprano or mezzo-soprano.
Our edition contains an "enhanced" facsimile of the original score and violin part, plus new transcriptions of the violin part for either alto flute or flute. Thus, the two songs may be performed utilizing the accompaniment of violin, alto flute, or flute, along with the voice and piano. Alternatively, these pieces work very well as an instrumental arrangement with the voice part played on flute, accompanied by alto flute and piano. Click here to preview p1 of the score.
Score, 6 pages; Violin, Alto Flute, and Flute parts, 2 pages each; Total, 18 pages.
Canal, by Matt Samolis
Contemporary Composition for Soprano and Flute, PDF $13.95
Matt Samolis began studying flute, then later composition and tenor banjo. He has worked with ensembles at New England Conservatory, Brandeis University, and Tufts University, as well as Open Hand Theatre, Pilgrim Research Collaborative, and numerous other projects. Currently, his primary focus is composition, curating, and performing as a flutist with various local groups, as well as his drone alliance, The Metal & Glass Ensemble.
Canal is written in a free, self referential style, and uses the text of Roy Campbell's poem of the same name, written in 1920. Despite the somber text, the mood is idyllic and somewhat reminiscent of the contemporary musical language in use at that time. Each player also has a brief ad lib section, where they can interpret the material as they choose. Click to preview p1 of the score.
Or listen to the full recording on Matt's website.
Score for Soprano and Flute, 5 pages; Total, 7 pages.
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Sing-Along Materials, arranged by John W. Pratt
Piano Scores and Lyrics, Free Downloads
In an ongoing project with John Pratt, we are uploading a variety of free materials for community sing-alongs. These include large-font lyrics sheets and piano scores with modifications or arrangements by Mr. Pratt. Just click on the title links or download buttons to access the pdfs, free of charge.
We Gather Together - Netherlands folk song
Our friend John Pratt decided to liven up the traditional Thanksgiving hymn when he plays it at his extended family's annual feast, and we decided to make his version freely available to others similarly inclined. The first stanza is traditional, the second adds all the octaves John is able to play, and the third replaces the usual bass line with one which marches along stepwise, mostly in eighths, leading to a few untraditional harmonies.
One of the most common problems with song books for community sing-alongs, especially for seniors, is that the lyrics are too small to be seen easily. John Pratt has created large-font lyrics sheets with the words (public domain) for 42 popular songs for the holiday season. Open the pdf by clicking the link above and print as few or as many as you'd like.
Mr. Pratt has also created a booklet format for the large-font lyrics for holiday songs  to , called The NSM Carol Book , which is handy for group sing-alongs and is easily re-usable. The booklets should be printed double-sided on 8.5" x 11" paper (or 9" x 12", if available), stapled in the middle and folded to form a 5.5" x 8.5" booklet. Since printing directions will be different for every printer, we leave it to our visitors to know what settings to use on their own equipment to have all pages come out in order, right-side up, etc. With my Canon ImageCLASS MF4890 machine, for example, I would do the following: print using fit to page, landscape orientation, 2-sided, flipping on short edge; then staple along the mid-line and fold down the center along the staples so that the Contents are on the front page. Note that a long-arm stapler (reaching to 5.5") is required for manual stapling, but some institutions may have printer/copiers that can auto-staple along the mid-line.
Muriel, by Edward G. Vater
Contemporary Ballad for Voice with Piano or Guitar Accompaniment
Edward G. Vater (1923-2018), my dad, was quite a remarkable man. A lifelong-resident of New Britain, CT, he was an educator by profession, and served many years as a school teacher and later as a college administrator. But he has had numerous, diverse interests and taken on many challenges over the years, including raising three children with his loving wife Anne (Mickey) Siton Vater, building a house, studying the Russian language, teaching English to Russian immigrants, working as a tool and die maker summers to support his young family, and serving his community in various roles such as Democratic Town Committee member, Justice of the Peace, and Chairman of the Public Works Department, to name a few. Displaying a life-long love of music, he was heavily involved in school music programs as a child, and loved to sing and play saxophone and clarinet. He played alto saxophone in dance bands during his stint in the U.S. Army Aircorps in England during WWII and stateside after returning home, often in groups with his two brothers, Al and Bob. He sang and played his horn most days, still infusing his music with tenderness and passion, until a couple weeks before his death in April, 2018.
At age 93 and dealing with metastatic melanoma but still independent, Ed moved into an apartment in Arbor Rose, an independent-assisted living facility. Upon hearing him sing his song Muriel, Denise Lebrocquy, one of the administrators there, arranged to take Ed to a professional music studio* to make a recording of him singing the tune, for which he had written the music and lyrics. This was a beautiful and uplifting experience for him, and one for which I too am very grateful. The audio file may be heard by clicking the mp3 link below. John Pratt, Jerry Gleason, and I entered the melody, chords, and lyrics for Muriel into a music notation software program for publication of the lead sheet on NSM, so we can share my dad’s moving love-song with our website visitors and pay tribute to a wonderful man and a life well-lived.
―Carol A. Vater, December 21, 2016
Ed Vater passed away on April 18, 2018; he would have turned 95 in June.
*Matt Berky, Massive Productions, LLC, Rocky Hill, CT http://massiveproductions.com/
Ed Vater wishes to give thanks and dedicate his song Muriel to the Jerome Home/Arbor Rose health complex at 975 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT, and to health care providers everywhere.
We're making Muriel (Copyright © 2016 by Edward G. Vater) available free of charge, with the understanding that the song writer will be publicly credited upon any performance or other use of his song, and with the suggestion that donations be made to the Melanoma Research Alliance in support of finding a cure. Click to download a PDF of the NSM edition of the Muriel lead sheet or to listen to the Muriel audio recording.