We’ve just published John Pratt’s arrangement of Bach’s Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue, BWV 564 for woodwind quartet—flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon. This big organ work is particularly well-suited for winds, so if you’re interested in an exciting and somewhat challenging new WW4 piece for your group to play, check out the listing for additional information.
Lydia Kakabadse set to music the words of Thomas Hood’s 1843 poem The Song of the Shirt. Written for soprano and piano, the piece has a beautiful, haunting melody, infused with pathos and menace that support the heartbreaking, melancholic text. The music is inspired and expressive, and works beautifully alone as a sort of “song without words” for an instrumental duo of alto flute (in lieu of voice) and piano.
Our congratulations go out to NSM contributing composer Lydia Kakabadse on being commissioned by The Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway University of London to write a choral work for mixed choir with harp (entitled Odyssey) to mark the closing of The Hellenic Institute’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Odyssey will be premiered by The Choir of Royal Holloway at the College Chapel on Saturday 27th October 2018. Whilst Royal Holloway will be sending out full details of the concert nearer the time, The Hellenic Institute has included brief details on their website – please click on the link, scroll down and click on News and Events:
NSM’s editorial consultant Peter H. Bloom gave a lecture on “Effective Writing for Flutes and the Contemporary Flutist” at the 2018 Snow Pond Composers Workshop. In his presentation, Mr. Bloom discussed various topics using four contemporary works published by Noteworthy Sheet Music as examples. We’ve just published a free text version of this excellent presentation on our website, in our Reviews and Articles section, including some of the audio clips and supplemental written materials that Mr. Bloom used as demonstrations.
We’ve transcribed Hauptmann's Lento (Bereavement) from Op.16 for alto flute and piano. Our transcription is based on an arrangement for violin and piano created by Henri Ernst. The mournful simplicity of the Lento is perfectly captured and beautifully rendered by the alto flute.