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  • JRV-4Premier Solo pour La Flûte, Op. 20, by Henry Altès

    Facsimile Edition by Noteworthy Sheet Music
    with a Foreword by Peter H. Bloom

    Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $12.75

    Henry Altès (1826-1899) is primarily remembered today as the author of a particularly useful Méthode Complète de Flûte (1906), yet his impact on fellow flutists for nearly a century-and-a-half can hardly be overestimated.  A student of the Boehm flute pioneer Louis Dorus, Altes succeeded Dorus as Professeur au Conservatoire de Parisupon the latter's retirement in 1869 and served in that capacity for a record twenty-eight years.  Premier Solo pour La Flûtewas dedicated to Louis Dorus, and was the first of ten Morceaux des Concours that Altès would write for the annual Paris Conservatory competition.  That this was the only one of the ten to have been required in two contests speaks to its endearing durability.  (excerpted from the foreword by P. H. Bloom)  For flute and piano.  

    Piano and Flute score, 12 pages; Flute Part, 5 pages; Total, 21 pages.

  • JP_at_piano_11.11.10.croppedToccata, Adagio, and Fugue, BWV 564, by J. S. Bach 

    Transcribed for Piano by John W. Pratt, PDF $14.84

    BWV 564 is unusual among Bach's big organ works.  It has a middle movement, an Adagio with an elaborate and gorgeous melody which can benefit greatly from the piano's shaded, nuanced dynamics and articulation.  The fugue, too, is atypical - light and lighthearted, well suited to the piano, with a fading coda that is if anything harder to treat convincingly on the organ than on the piano.  The exuberant Toccata is also highly effective and fun to play on the piano.  Click to preview p1 of the score for Bach's Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue for piano.

    Piano part, 15 pages; Total, 17 pages.

  • bauer op.22 nsmSonata, Op.22, by Marion Bauer

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by Peter H. Bloom (originally for viola)

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $11.79

    The following notes are excerpted, with permission, from the complete copyrighted foreword written by Peter H. Bloom for the Noteworthy Sheet Music edition of his transcription:

    "The career of Marion Eugenie Bauer (1882-1955) as a composer, editor, writer, teacher, supportive colleague and mentor continues to assert a significant impact on the trajectory of American Music.  It's mysterious that her legacy has been so rarely recalled and her music so infrequently performed in the six decades following her death.  ...  In 1906 she was the first of generations of American composers to study in Paris with the redoubtable Nadia Boulanger.  ...  We're fortunate that the composer crafted her own superb transcription of this sonata for clarinet and piano.  In order to achieve the equivalent musical impact, her viola and clarinet versions differ in some places.  The piano part, nevertheless, remains unchanged.  Sometimes we've opted for the clarinet version, sometimes the viola version, and sometimes a conflation of the two.  We have also made a few adaptive changes in tessitura, articulation, phrasing and dynamics to highlight the unique voice of the alto flute.  Though execution may occasionally differ, the rhetorical and emotional shape of the work remains essentially the same."

    P. H. Bloom, © January 7, 2014

    We provide our alto flute transcription; the piano part is readily available as a free pdf download of the score from sources such as imslp.org/.  Click to preview a page of the alto flute part.

    Alto Flute part, 9 pages of music; Total, 12 pages.

     

  • beach op40 nsm 245px3 Compositions, Op.40, by Amy Beach

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $10.50

    Amy Marcy Cheney was born in Henniker, New Hampshire in 1867 and began composing music at the age of four.  Initially home-schooled as a pianist, she continued her music studies in Boston and made her professional debut as a pianist at age 16.   She later became a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  At 18, she married the prominent Boston physician Dr. Henry Harris Aubrey Beach and began using "Mrs. H. H. A. Beach" as her professional name.  She continued to perform occasionally as a pianist, but for many years she focused her musical skills primarily on composing.   After her husband's death in 1910, Mrs. Beach resumed her performing career, beginning with a three year tour of Europe, while also continuing to write music.   Her works were received with great acclaim, and Amy Beach became one of America's leading composers and the first American woman composer to achieve widespread recognition in the United States and abroad.   During her lifetime, she wrote more than 150 numbered works, spanning a variety of genres that included piano pieces, chamber music, orchestral works, sacred choral music, and a great many songs.

    Amy Beach's 3 Compositions for Violin and Piano, Op.40, were first published in 1898.   Written in the romantic style, the three pieces are (1) the beautiful but sombre La Captive, (2) a lovely, lyrical Berceuse, and (3) a lively but still tender Mazurka.  In addition to alto flute transcriptions of all three pieces, we include in our edition a version of the Mazurka transcribed for flute and piano (score and part), for those wishing to give this option a try as well.

    Click to preview a page of the Amy Beach "Berceuse" score transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano.

    Alto Flute part, 4 pages; Piano/Alto Flute Score, 10 pages;

    Alternate "Mazurka" Flute part, 2 pages; "Mazurka" Piano/Flute Score, 5 pages;

    Total, 29 pages.

  • Beach Ecstasy nsmEcstasy, Op.19 No.2, by Mrs. H. H. A. Beach


    Two versions, for "Low voice (in Db)" or "High voice (in Eb)", with Alto Flute Obbligato (transcribed) and Piano.
    Alternative parts for Alto Flute Solo and Bb Clarinet Obbligato.
    Program Notes by Peter H. Bloom.


    Piano Scores, Voice Parts, Alto Flute Obbligato Parts, and alternative Alto Flute Solo Parts and Clarinet Obbligato Parts; PDF $8.99

    Noteworthy Sheet Music is thrilled to publish our edition of Amy Marcy Cheney Beach's song Ecstasy in 2017, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. The idea to make Ecstasy available to a broader combination of players and singers came from flutist Peter H. Bloom, who proposed that the piece would be an excellent vehicle with which instructors might inform students (early and advanced alike) about interpretation of the highly romantic late 19th century idiom. To that end, we have packaged together in a single edition Mrs. H. H. A. Beach's two versions of Ecstasy, for "low voice (in Db)" and "high voice (in Eb)", with each version including transcriptions of the obbligato (originally for violin) for either alto flute in G or clarinet in Bb, and an alternative solo part in the form of an alto flute transcription of the voice line. Thus, multiple performance variations are possible, including high or low voice and piano with either alto flute or clarinet obbligato, or fully instrumental versions for alto flute and piano, or two alto flutes and piano, or alto flute, clarinet, and piano.

     

    Scores, 8 pages (4 pages each version); Voice parts, 2 pages (1 page each version); Alto Flute Obbligatos, 2 pages (1 page each version); Clarinet Obbligatos, 2 pages (1 page each version); Alto Flute solo parts, 2 pages (1 page each version); Total, 20 pages.

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  • beethoven adelaide nsmAdelaide, by Ludwig van Beethoven

    Anonymous Arrangement for Flute, each edition with a Foreword by P. H. Bloom

    New Edition, Flute Part and Piano Score (flute part in small staff) – PDF $10.50

    Facsimile Edition, Flute Part and Piano Score (clarinet part in small staff) – PDF $8.25 

    Beethoven completed his musical setting for Friedrich von Matthison's poem Adelaide in 1796.  The song quickly became a favorite interpretive vehicle for instrumentalists as well as singers.  Clarinetist Iwan Müller's "bel canto" treatment, essentially the original melody with added ornaments, cadenzas, and interpretive notations, remained a favorite among concertizing clarinetists for more than a century.  It's likely that Müller's work informs the anonymous arrangement for flute, published by Diabelli in the second quarter of the 19th century, that we present here....  This anonymous paraphrase of Adelaide is a masterful study of the subtle nuance and passionate restraint of "bel canto" instrumental praxis.  (excerpted from the foreword ©by P. H. Bloom)

    After offering our facsimile edition of Adelaide for some time, we decided to create a newly-notated modern edition as well.  We love (and perform) this piece so much, that we didn't want anyone to forgo an opportunity to acquaint themselves with it merely due to the 19th century presentation of the facsimile.  Now, there is a choice between the facsimile edition and a modern edition, the latter of course having the flute part in small staff in the score.

     

    beethoven adelaide nsmNew Edition: Flute & Piano score, 10 pages; Flute part, 4 pages; $10.50.

     

     

     

    adelaide-123111-webFacsimile Edition: Clarinet & Piano score, 9 pages; Flute part, 2 pages; $8.25.

     

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    We also offer a professionally-printed hard copy edition of Adelaide for $15.75 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee to addresses in the USA.  Please use the Contact Us form to let us know which hard copy publication(s) you would like to purchase, along with your email contact information and USPS mailing address.  We will then send you a PayPal invoice for the sale and, once we receive notice from PayPal that you have paid for the item(s), we will ship your music to the address provided.

  • Benavides Ocon nsmEduardo Ocón y Rivas—Obra completa para piano

    Compiled and Edited by Ana Benavides

    Solo Piano, Print Edition, 61 pages, paperback, $21.99

    Eduardo Ocón was one of Spain's most notable musical personages of the 19th century—an organist and composer, as well as the founder and director of the Malaga Conservatory. This book, Eduardo Ocón y Rivas—Obra completa para piano (copyright © 2007), is a compilation of the complete piano works of Eduardo Ocón, edited, renotated, and with an introduction by Ana Benavides. The works are rare masterpieces of Spanish piano music that have been rediscovered and reprinted in an edition formatted to facilitate reading by professionals and aficionados at any level. Here is a list of the works included in this anthology:
    - Rapsodia Andaluza, Op.9
    - Recuerdos de Andalucía, Bolero de Concierto, Op.8
    - Rheinfahrt. Estudio Fantástico
    - Gran Vals Brillante
    - Meditación
    - Estudio-Capricho para la mano izquierda, Op.10
    - Amor inmortal
    - En la playa. Barcarola

    Ana Benavides is an internationally acclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist who has performed recitals in Europe, Australia, South America, and North America. A regular visitor to international festivals both as soloist and chamber musician, she has maintained a keen interest in rare Spanish piano music of the 19th century. Visit www.anabenavides.com to learn more about the artist and her work.

    Eduardo Ocón y Rivas—Obra completa para piano was published by Bassus Ediciones Musicales and is distributed in the USA by Noteworthy Sheet Music. We sell the book in paperback print edition only, not as a PDF, and only for shipment to addresses within the USA.

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    For sales of the book in Europe, please visit the Bassus Ediciones Musicales website.

  • benavides masters nsmMasters of the 19th Century Spanish Piano Music

    Compiled and Edited by Ana Benavides

    Print Edition, 98 pages, paperback, $24.99

    Ana Benavides is an internationally acclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist who hasAna Benavides web21 photoperformed recitals in Europe, Australia, South America, and North America. A regular visitor to international festivals both as soloist and chamber musician, she has maintained a keen interest in rare Spanish piano music of the 19th century. Visit www.anabenavides.com to learn more about Ana Benavides and her work.

    Masters of the 19th Century Spanish Piano Music (copyright © 2014) is a compilation of exceptional but little-known and difficult to find works, all carefully selected and edited by Ana Benavides. The works are rare masterpieces of Spanish piano music that have been rediscovered and reprinted in an edition formatted to facilitate reading by professionals and aficionados at any level. The main objective of this publication is to establish a unifying link between the 18th century Spanish harpsichordists and the great nationalists. This outstanding book, an anthology of piano masterworks written by influential Spanish composers with different styles and posing varied degrees of difficulty for the player, is an essential tool for understanding music in Spain during the 19th century.

    Please click to view the following preview pages from Masters of the 19TH Century Spanish Piano Music:
    p1, from Sonata by Nicolás Ledesma
    p19, from No.10 of José Antonio Santesteban's 24 Preludios, Op.84
    p98, index of composers and works included in the book

    Masters of the 19th Century Spanish Piano Music was published by Bassus Ediciones and is distributed in the USA by Noteworthy Sheet Music. We sell this book in paperback print edition only, not as a PDF, and only for shipment to addresses within the USA.

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  • benavides furundarena 245nsmMore Masters of 19th Century Spanish Piano Music - Solo Piano

    Selected and Edited by Ana Benavides

    Solo Piano Pieces, PDF editions

    Please see our article on Masters of the 19th Century Spanish Piano Music, a compilation of rare Spanish masterpieces edited by Ana Benavides that is available in print edition only.

    Here we offer seven additional difficult to find 19th century Spanish solo piano works, not included in the aforementioned print volume, for sale as individual convenient PDF downloads. Like the pieces included in the Masters book, these works were all carefully selected and re-notated by Dr. Benavides and provide insight into the music and style of several influential Spanish composers of the period.


    With the exception of José Antonio Santesteban's Variaciones Sinfónicas which is 4 pages long, the other pieces listed below are short, 2-page piano works, each sold separately.

    Ana Benavides is an internationally acclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist who has performed recitals in Europe, Australia, South America, and North America. A regular visitor to international festivals both as soloist and chamber musician, she has maintained a keen interest in rare Spanish piano music of the 19th century. Visit www.anabenavides.com to learn more about Ana Benavides and her work.

    Fabián de Furundarena Menuetto, Op.14 PDF, $3.99

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    Fabián de Furundarena Mazurca, Op.15 PDF, $3.99

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    Fabián de Furundarena Zortzico, Op.17 PDF, $3.99

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    Fabián de Furundarena Adiós, Op.18 PDF, $3.99

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    Fabián de Furundarena Mazurca, Op.19 PDF, $3.99

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    Felipe Gorriti Segismunda, Habanera para piano PDF, $3.99

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    José Antonio Santesteban Variaciones Sinfónicas PDF, $7.99

     

  • Benavides Piano nsmThe Piano in Spain, by Ana Benavides

    Print Edition, 147 pages, paperback, $24.99


    Written by internationally accclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist Ana Benavides, this book covers the history of the piano in Spain, from its introduction to the time of Joaquín Turina. The edition is carefully researched and beautifully formatted, and contains numerous music examples and color images. Scholars, professional pianists, amateur musicians, and lovers of the piano generally will find this book indispensible for understanding the piano in Spain during the 19th century. Here is a list of the topics covered:
    1. Introduction of the Piano into Spain
    2. The First Spanish Piano Builders
    3. Music Conservatories and other Musical Spaces
    4. Editorial Activity and the Musical Press
    5. On the Way to Nationalism
    6. Spain and Europe
    7. Repertoire
    8. Maestros and Predecessors
    9. Isaac Albéniz
    10. Enrique Granados
    11. Manuel de Falla
    12. Joaquín Turina

    A review by Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet of The Piano in Spain by Ana Benavides appeared in the Newsletter of The American Musical Instrument Society, Volume 44, No. 1, Spring 2015, p22.  The review has been republished on the NSM website with permission from AMIS.


    The Piano in Spain was published by Bassus Ediciones and is distributed in the USA by Noteworthy Sheet Music. We sell the book in paperback print edition only, not as a PDF, and only for shipment to addresses within the USA.

    To order, please use the Contact Us form to tell us which of NSM's print edition publications you would like to purchase, and include your email and USPS mailing addresses in the message. We will then send you a PayPal invoice for your purchase, which will include a $5.95 shipping and handling fee. Once we receive notice from PayPal that you have paid for the publication(s), we will ship your item(s) to the address you provided for delivery in 7-10 business days.

    For sales of the book in Europe, please visit www.anabenavides.com.

  • Berbiguier Op77 nsmGrande Fantaisie, Op. 77, by T. Berbiguier

    Gassett Collection - Facsimile Edition by Noteworthy Sheet Music, with a Foreword by Peter H. Bloom

    Flute and Piano Parts, PDF $16.99

    Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier (1782-1838) was among the preeminent European flutists of the early nineteenth century.  Berbiguier was a prolific composer, and his nearly 150 published works include sets of duos and trios for flutes, as well as music that features flute with piano, orchestra, and chamber ensembles.  His Grande Fantaisie avec Variations pour Flûte avec Accompagnement de Piano Forte (Opus 77) was composed on two motifs from Der Freischütz, Carl Maria von Weber's monumental opera which premiered in Berlin in 1821 and became an immediate international sensation.  Sheet music for flute and piano—click to preview a page of the Berbiguier Grande Fantaisie Piano part.

    Piano part, 9 pages; Flute part, 8 pages; Total, 24 pages.

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  • Berbiguier Les-Regrets nsmLes Regrets, Op.104, by T. Berbiguier

    Gassett Collection - Facsimile Edition by Noteworthy Sheet Music, with a Foreword by Peter H. Bloom

    Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $18.00

    Berbiguier dedicated Les Regrets (Mélodie Concertante, Opus 104) to his close friend, the composer-'cellist Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges.  Les Regrets appears to be a missive of consolation from one musical colleague to another, both disillusioned and scarred veterans of decades of nationalist French intrigue.  Though the initial theme is a plaintive rendering of a dour dead-march, its development is mournfully elegant.  The subsequent developments serve to uplift performer and listener with a musical meditation that, though turbulent, avoids bathos.  Dashes of a bit of scherzo here and there move the music, ultimately, to an heroic major-key finale. 

    Piano score, 18 pages; Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 32 pages.

  • Cover_with_green_border._jpg_imageNouvelle Fantaisie pour Flûte, Op. 80, by T. Berbiguier

    Gassett Collection - Facsimile Edition by Noteworthy Sheet Music, with a Foreword by Peter H. Bloom

    Flute and Piano Parts, PDF $13.50

    Berbiguier's Nouvelle Fantaisie (Opus 80), like his Grande Fantaisie (Opus 77), was composed on melodies from Carl Maria von Weber's genre-defining opera Der Freischütz.  Both pieces were published around 1825.  Enthusiasm for Der Freischütz continued to build in subsequent decades, as evinced by the nearly numberless fantaisies, paraphrases, souvenirs, and variations that have been published.  Melodies from Freischutz pervade the classic repertoire of instruments from aeolian pianola to zither, including examples for concertina, mandolin, saxophone, and ocarina quartet.  Piano and flute sheet music—click to preview p1 of the Berbiguier Nouvelle Fantaisie flute part.

    Piano part, 11 pages; Flute part, 7 pages

  • bloch cover website image 240 pxPetite Fantaisie Hongroise No.1, Op.21, by J. Bloch 

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.99

    József Bloch (1862-1922) was a Hungarian violin virtuoso, composer, and professor at the National Academy of Music and the National Conservatory (www.jewishencyclopedia.com).  His Petite Fantaisie Hongroise No.1, Opus 21, was written for piano and violin and published by Bárd, ca. 1901.  We thought this piece would work beautifully on alto flute, so we created a transcription of the violin part.  In the range written for the Petite Fantaisie Hongroise, the alto flute may evoke the dark, mournful tone of the modern tárogató, which is often referred to as the Hungarian national instrument.  We provide both our transcribed alto flute part and a re-notated edition of the piano score.  Petite Fantaisie Hongroise by Bloch – sheet music for alto flute and piano – click to preview p1 of the score.

    Alto Flute part, 3 pages; Piano Score, 6 pages; Total, 12 pages.

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    For those who would prefer to purchase a professionally-printed hard copy of this piece, rather than the PDF download offered above, our print edition of the Bloch Petite Fantaisie Hongroise No.1, Op. 21 transcribed for Piano & Alto Flute is available from Amazon, under Books (sheet music).  Click to view the listing of the print edition on Amazon.com.  Or, order a print edition directly from NSM for $13.49 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee to addresses in the USA. Use the Contact Us form to let us know which hard copy publication(s) you would like to purchase, along with your email contact information and USPS mailing address. We will then send you a PayPal invoice for the sale and, once we receive notice from PayPal that you have paid for the item(s), we will ship your music to the address provided.

  • Brahms Drei-Duette nsmDrei Duette, Op.20, by Johannes Brahms


    Transcribed for Mixed Voice, Instruments, and Piano by John W. Pratt


    Score for Soprano, Alto, and Piano; Transcribed upper voice Parts for Violin/Oboe, Alto Flute, and A-Clarinet; and Transcribed lower voice Parts for Violin/Oboe, Alto Flute, A-Clarinet, and Viola; PDF $12.99

    Composed in 1858–1860, the Drei Duette, Op. 20, for soprano and alto are the earliest of Johannes Brahms' duets and quartets for solo voices and piano. The three songs are titled Weg der Liebe (1. Teil), Weg der Liebe (2.Teil), and Die Meere. Except for brief canonic passages in No. 1, the voices have the same words, sung simultaneously, mostly in parallel thirds and sixths. The accompaniments are straightforward, without Brahmsian ensemble challenges but not without harmonic interest. Many have found the songs Mendelssohnian. The words come from the collection Stimmen der Völker of Johann Gottfried Herder (1744–1803). The first two are translations by Herder of two parts of a Northern English folk poem Love will find out the Way. The third is Italian in origin.

    The vocal parts lie well for many instruments, opening the possibility of mixed voice and instrument, as well as fully-instrumental, performances. If one voice is replaced by an instrument, no words will be lost and the result will be a song with wonderful instrumental obbligato and piano accompaniment. If two instruments are used, the result is a beautiful "song without words." We include in our edition transcriptions of both voices for oboe/violin, alto flute in G, and clarinet in A, and of the lower voice for viola as well. Our transcriptions provide slurs to suggest a vocal style to instrumental players and to facilitate coordination of the instrumental parts with those of the voices. We also provide a re-notated piano/vocal score, in which repeat signs are used in the second and third songs to save page turns, rather than writing out the multiple stanzas as in the original. For those needing only the piano/vocal score, the Breitkopf & Härtel edition is in the public domain and freely available on imslp.org.

    Piano/Vocal Score, 10 pages; Instrumental Parts, 3 pages each; Total, 42 pages.

  • brahms with new caption jpgTrio in A Minor, Op.114, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Alto Flute, Cello, and Piano by Carol A. Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.99

    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) composed the Trio in A Minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in 1891 and subsequently created an alternate arrangement in which viola was substituted for the clarinet. The expressive qualities, range, and rich, dark tones of the alto flute are well-suited to this beloved piece.  In creating this transcription of the clarinet part for alto flute, every effort has been made to maintain the spirit and character of the original composition.  We provide here the Brahms Trio in A minor alto flute part; click to preview p1.  The piano and cello parts are readily available in the public domain as free pdf downloads of the original score and parts.  Here is a link to one such source:  Piano Score and Cello Part 

    Alto Flute part, 13 pages; Total, 15 pages.

  • brahms op.91 nsmTwo Songs, Op.91, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Clarinet by John W. Pratt (part originally for viola)

    Clarinet Part, PDF $5.99

    The two chamber music songs of Brahms' Zwei Gesänge, Op.91 were composed specifically for his dear friends, the violinist/violist Joseph Joachim and the mezzo-soprano Amalie Schneeweiss, who were married in 1863.  The songs (for alto, viola, and piano) were written over 20 years apart, but Brahms published them together as Op.91 in 1884.

    "Gestillte Sehnsucht", which appears first in the Op.91 pairing, was actually written second, in 1884.  The song sets the text of the poem by Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866).  "Gestillte Sehnsucht" is a nature poem, filled with images of forests at sunset, gentle breezes, and twittering birds.  Rückert is famous not only for his exquisite poems themselves but also for the great inspiration his work provided to numerous prominent composers, in addition to Brahms.  "Geistliches Wiegenlied" (Sacred Cradle Song) was first composed in 1863-1864, and later revised.  The viola opens with the melody of the medieval Christmas carol "Joseph, lieber Joseph mein."  The singer has her own variation of the melody, and enters after the first stanza of the viola's carol.  The song is a beautiful cradle-rocking lullaby, in 6/8 time.

    It is said that the viola was Brahms' favorite stringed instrument, and the composer gave the viola a major role in both of these songs, allowing it to open both pieces before the singer enters.  Clarinetists have long coveted these viola parts, and various performances have provided clear evidence that a successful outcome can be achieved with the substitution of a clarinet for the viola in Op.91.  So when a clarinetist friend of ours asked us to create a transcription for him, we gladly obliged.  Our edition of the clarinet part adapts the first song, "Gestillte Sehnsucht", for clarinet in A, and the second, "Geistliches Wiegenlied", for clarinet in Bb.  The original piano score and voice part are in the public domain, readily available as free PDF downloads from IMSLP.org.

    Click to preview a page of our clarinet transcription of the viola part for Brahms' Zwei Gesänge Zwei Gesänge.

    Clarinet part, 4 pages; Total, 8 pages.

  • brahmsVariations on a Theme of Robert Schumann, Op.23, by J. Brahms

    Transcribed for Piano Solo by John W. Pratt, PDF $19.75

    Brahms wrote his beautiful Variationen über ein Thema von Robert Schumann for piano four hands, but essentially all the musical ideas are captured in this transcription for solo piano. The variations range from delicately decorative to spectral to warmly Brahmsian to bravura and even witty. The last, suffused with sadness, solemnity, resignation, and reaffirmation, combines a funeral march with the theme, which is known as Schumann's last idea because it came to him at night shortly before his attempted suicide and final commitment to an asylum. 

    Sheet music for solo piano – Brahms' Variationen über ein Thema von Robert Schumann – click to preview p1.

    Piano score, 21 pages; Total, 23 pages.

  • Brahms-Sonata-Op120-1 Afl nsmSonata, Op.120 No.1, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by J.W.Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.99

    Although written originally for clarinet, Brahms himself created two more versions of his Op.120 sonatas, for violin and viola. John W. Pratt, who transcribed these works for alto flute so expertly, writes in his foreword: "If Brahms was happy with versions for clarinet, viola, and violin, surely he would have welcomed arrangements for alto flute, especially since it is the mellow rather than the clarion aspect of the clarinet that he called on. In making our arrangements for alto flute, the violin versions have been particularly helpful, since the violin has the same lower range as the alto flute, but they required modification for several reasons. One, of course, is that the alto flute cannot play as loudly at the bottom of its range as the violin can. Another is that Brahms gave the violin double stops even though the clarinet is limited to a single voice." Our editions of the two Op.120 sonatas include only the alto flute parts, as Brahms' piano scores are freely available in the public domain. Here is a link to the listing of Op.120 No.1 on IMSLP.org, where the clarinet, viola, and violin versions with piano scores may be found. Our alto flute arrangements are based on the usual piano parts that accompany the clarinet as the solo instrument. The entire transcription of Op.120 No.1 works remarkably well, but the breathtakingly beautiful slow movement played on alto flute will steal your heart away.

    Alto Flute part, 9 pages; Total 14 pages.

  • Brahms Op120 No2 Afl nsmSonata, Op.120 No.2, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by J.W.Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.99

    This is the second of Brahms' two clarinet sonatas, transcribed for alto flute by John Pratt.  Although written originally for clarinet, Brahms himself created two more versions of his Op.120 sonatas, for violin and viola. Mr. Pratt, who transcribed these works for alto flute so expertly, writes in his foreword: "If Brahms was happy with versions for clarinet, viola, and violin, surely he would have welcomed arrangements for alto flute, especially since it is the mellow rather than the clarion aspect of the clarinet that he called on. In making our arrangements for alto flute, the violin versions have been particularly helpful, since the violin has the same lower range as the alto flute, but they required modification for several reasons. One, of course, is that the alto flute cannot play as loudly at the bottom of its range as the violin can. Another is that Brahms gave the violin double stops even though the clarinet is limited to a single voice." Our editions of the two Op.120 sonatas include only the alto flute parts, as Brahms' piano scores are freely available in the public domain. Here is a link to the listing of Op.120 No.2 on IMSLP.org, where the clarinet, viola, and violin versions with piano scores may be found. Our alto flute arrangements are based on the usual piano parts that accompany the clarinet as the solo instrument.

    Alto Flute part, 8 pages; Total, 12 pages.