Folk and Beyond is a collection of twelve new cello and piano pieces that would suit cellists from Grade 5 upwards. Re-imaginings of well-loved folk tunes sit next to characterful pieces with a strong sense of narrative. I have tried to combine the ease and spontaneity of folk music with the passion of the classical world.
I hope cellists will love playing this music. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the pieces.
Book 1 is Teacher/Pupil duets for beginners, grades 1 – 3. They use beginner versions of col legno, pizz, left hand pizz, snap pizz, tremolo bowing, harmonics and open string double stopping to enhance the fun side of cello playing. The titles are:Coming Home, Lindy Hop Rock,Magic… and Smugglers’ Return.
Book 2 is for intermediate cellists, grades 3 – 6 and is in bass clef throughout, with the highest note being B above harmonic A. There’s lots of contrast – from tapping the cello at the start of ‘Lilliburlero’, to stamping in ‘Panache’ glissandi in ‘Sleazy’ and some ponticello in ‘Lament’. Both parts are of equal standard and the players take turns playing the tune and accompanying, making them a lovely start to chamber music playing.
Book 3 is for more advanced cellists, grades 6 – 8. They are mostly in bass clef and vary from the impressionistic ‘Summer Memory’ to natural harmonics and sweeping tunes in ‘Morning Prelude’, evocative Scottish lyricism in ‘Highland Meeting’ and simple fun in ‘Variations on a Christmas Carol’.
Joanna Borrett says: ” I am thrilled that U.M.P. has published these duets. I very much hope cellists of all standards will enjoy playing them. There is lots of scope for performers to use their imagination and all fingerings and dynamics are subjective,”
The weather is extremely hot in the UK at the moment. In response to this I am posting a beautiful interpretation of Vaughan Williams’ sensuous summer song Silent Noon. The lyrics are by Dante Gabriel Rosetti.
We have just added new string sheet music to our online shop. The new string sheet music comprises four cello quartets, two intermediate cello duets and one violin and cello duet.
The Cello Quartets
The cello quartets are Pirates’ Return, Poldark, The Magnificent Seven and a new composition called Together. All of the parts are of early intermediate standard and all of the pieces are around three minutes long. Together uses the opening notes from Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells as an ostinato theme.
The Cello Duets
The new early intermediate cello duetsPirates MeetThe Magnificent Seven are an arrangment of the main theme of The Magnificent Seven and a duet inspired by the song He’s a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean. Both use easy but imaginative effects on the cello to bring the mood to life.
The Violin and Cello Duet
The violin and cello duet is of special historic interest. It is an arrangement of a short piece written by the legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz (under the name of Jim Hoyl.) Heifetz wrote this song – When You Make Love to Me Don’t Make Believe – after he bet one of his friends that he could compose a piece that would get into the top ten. Needless to say Heifetz won his bet. Despite this less than serious start, Heifetz plays this song with great tenderness…
Fedora Strings is now selling three new early intermediate cello duets for £6.99. The three duets comprise an arrangement of Over the Hills and Far Away, an arrangement of Basse Dance and a new composition called Sleazy.
The music is around Grades 3 – 5 . It’s the first time our website has sold music at this technical level and it’s an area we’re hoping to expand. And all the duets have character: Basse Dance is lively and energetic…Over the Hills and Far Away is romantic…
We are selling a sheet music arrangement of two movements from Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite: Basse Dance and Mattachins.This is one of my favourite string orchetra pieces.
The cello quartet arrangement is intermediate and effective. Click below to see the first pages of the scores: Basse Dance Score Page 1
At this difficult time, when the current pandemic is making life so tough for so many people, we would like to help our customers. So we have discounted the price of our sheet music and are offering five pieces of music for the price of three. And we are also offering free sheet music which can be downloaded right away.
What free sheet music is available?
The free sheet music includes our arrangement of Look for theSilver Lining, by Jerome Kern, our arrangement of Scarborough Fair for cello and piano and some technical exercises for cello.
In the coming weeks
We hope you will enjoy playing our arrangements. And we will be varying the selection of free sheet music in the weeks to come.
As there are so many excellent resources online at the moment I thought this would be a good time to add some free cello exercises to our website. So I am attaching the three short exercises below as pdfs which you can click and print. Although I wrote these for my pupils I have found them useful warm up exercises myself.
The first one is an exercise for finding thumb position. It’s all in bass clef: Relax and Fly
The second exercise is based on The Lark Ascending and is for practising shifting from 1st to 4th position: Flying Fourth
Finally, here is a bowing exercise which is mostly on open strings and so can be used for pupils from fairly early on: String crossing exercise
I hope you enjoy playing these. I’d be happy to have feedback.