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  • reinecke.op.26 afl.fl 240Waldesgruss 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.

  • reissiger  furstenau nsmLes Inseparables!, Op.45, by Reissiger & Fürstenau

    Grand Original Duets for Piano and Flute, No.1

    Gassett Collection - Facsimile Edition by Noteworthy Sheet Music

    Flute and Piano Parts, PDF $20.25

    Carl Gottlieb Reissiger's Opus 45 was written as a Sonata for Violin and Piano, but was adapted for flute by Anton Bernhard Fürstenau.  Fürstenau (1792-1852) composed and arranged many works for flute.  He was among the most admired flutists of the 19th century and remains a well-known favorite of flutists today.  Reissiger (1798-1859) was an accomplished composer of opera, orchestral, and chamber music.  An influential figure in the city of Dresden, he served as Director of the Dresden Opera and later as Kapellmeister.  Les Inseparables! No.1, is the first of the Three Grand Original Duets for Piano and Flute by Reissiger and Fürstenau.  The piece, which consists of three movements, is a virtuosic work that should delight and challenge both players.  Click to preview p1 of the Flute part.

    Piano part, 21 pages; Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 33 pages.

  • R-S LaPasta nsmLa Pasta! Op.36, by Reissiger & Sedlatzek

    Concertantes Variations sur la Cavatina de Rossini, No.3

    Gassett Collection - Facsimile Edition by Noteworthy Sheet Music

    Flute and Piano Parts, PDF $13.50

    Reissiger and Sedlatzek's  work  La Pasta is a particularly effective concert piece with which the accomplished flutist can enthrall a diverse audience by evoking the dramatic majesty of grand opera while applying the scintillating techniques of the 19th century virtuoso.  La Pasta is flutist Johann Sedlatzek's homage, celebration, and souvenir of the redoubtable  mezzo-soprano Giuditta Pasta (1798± - 1866±), arranged by the superb composer/conductor Carl Gottlieb Reissiger.  Pasta (nee Negri)  was  a cynosure of Italian opera who created brilliant dramatic roles for Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini.  Legendary Maria Callas (1923-77) is often compared to Pasta  by opera aficionados, but few are likely to have heard both in their prime.  — P. H. Bloom, 5/23/2011

    Click to preview p1 of the Flute part.

    Piano part, 13 pages; Flute part, 5 pages; Total, 24 pages

  • Robichaux Recurrence nsmRecurrence, by Ben Robichaux

    Contemporary Composition for Flute and Piano

    Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $12.99

    NSM welcomed composer Ben Robichaux as a new contributor to our catalog in early June, 2017, when we published his piece Recurrence for flute and piano.  For details of Mr. Robichaux's background, interests, and other works, please click the link to access the Composers section of the NSM website.

    Recurrence was written for the composer's friend Michael Lyons.  As outlined in the program notes, the "duet is framed in a traditional rondo form: ABACA. The returns of the A theme are never literal returns and repeated materials among the differing sections are never identical repetitions. These returns of A are the inspiration for the title, and the re-occurrence of the A material is a study on the lengths that a theme can be stretched and still be recognizable. The returns undergo extensive development. The B and C sections are meant to be extreme contrasts to the A sections as a means of cleansing the aural palate in order to erase the listener's memory of the theme. Despite the great lengths taken to blur the primary theme, its recognizability is undeniable. The closing section is a reflection on the basic differences among the three occurrences of the main theme. This final section is a summation of the processes that have previously been blurred by the contrasting sections of the piece. Ultimately the form portrays a futile fight that concludes with a peaceful resignation to the inevitable."

    mp3 iconThe premiere of Recurrence took place in July, 2017, with Kenneth Cox (flute) and Bronwyn Schuman (piano).  The performance was recorded by audio engineer Charles Hagaman; a sample can be heard by clicking the mp3 icon. 

    The cover artwork for our publication was created by Scoop Brancisco, used with permission.

    Piano score, 10 pages; Flute part, 3 pages; Total, 15 pages.

  • saint-saens with caption rSonata, Op.166, by Camille Saint-Saëns

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater and J.W.Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $6.99

    Sonata, Opus 166 (Oboe Sonata in D major) was composed by Saint-Saëns in 1921, the year of his death, and has since become a standard of the oboe repertoire.  Although written for oboe with accompaniment of piano, the piece is very well suited for alto flute.  Played by either oboe or alto flute, this Sonata provides the soloist with opportunities to demonstrate both technical expertise and expressive performance.  We provide here the alto flute part; click to preview p1.  The piano part is readily available in the public domain as a free pdf download of the original score for oboe and piano.  Here is a link to one such source: Piano Score

    Alto Flute part, 7 pages; Total, 9 pages.

  • sarasate op.22 image 240pxRomanza Andaluza, by Pablo de Sarasate

    Transcribed for Flute (originally for violin) by Peter H. Bloom

    Flute Part, PDF $6.66

    'Pablo Sarasate was one of those rare violin virtuosos whose compositions, while designed to display instrumental athleticism, also expressed elegance, economy, imagination, a suave sensuality, and musical integrity.  His music befits the sort of technique that, although acrobatic, is captivating rather than assaultive; evocative rather than provocative.  It's with this spirit—to amuse, amaze, and engage the audience while providing a satisfying challenge to the performer—that I've adapted his Romanza Andaluza for flute.

    Sarasate frequently used the musical material of folk songs and dances from his native Spain as a framework for his pieces.  With the melody prescribed, the harmonies implied, and the style both familiar and exotic, he would paraphrase, embellish, and interpret as if to say "with the violin, we can do this..."  Inspired by his source material, his methods, and his style, I propose that: With the flute, then, we can do this...' ― Peter H. Bloom, June 23, 2012 ©

    Romanza Andaluza, Op.22 was written originally for violin and piano.  Editions of the piano score (click to access) are available as free PDF downloads from online libraries of public domain music, such as imslp.org.  We provide the Flute part - click here to preview p1.

    Flute part, 4 pages; Total, 6 pages.

  • Schubert Auf-dem-Strom VoClPf nsmAuf dem Strom, Op.119, by Franz Schubert

    Obbligato transcribed for A-Clarinet by C. A. Vater

    Piano Score and Parts for Voice and A-Clarinet, PDF $9.50

    The great Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) was a master at creating extremely beautiful, melodic, emotional lieder. His song Auf dem Strom (On the River) provided a musical setting for the text of the eponymous poem written by the German poet and music critic Ludwig Rellstab. The lyrics tell the story of a sad parting, of the yearning and loneliness that sets in as the narrator bids farewell to a loved one on shore, while his river journey carries him away towards the sea. The premier performance of Auf dem Strom took place in Schubert’s 1828 public concert, during which the obbligato part was played by Josef Lewy on horn, the instrument for which the obbligato was written and which undoubtedly can provide an appropriately mournful, sentimental character to the piece. However, an alternate obbligato version for cello was also published. Now, with all respect, we provide an A-clarinet version of the obbligato, in expectation that clarinetists will appreciate this addition to the voice/clarinet/piano repertoire. We believe that a well-played clarinet can aptly contribute a suitably complex, dolorous essence and tone that will adequately do justice to this highly romantic lied by Schubert. Schubert himself created one of his most wonderful and popular works, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, for clarinet obbligato, and we hope he would welcome our adaptation of Auf dem Strom for A-clarinet.

     

    Score, 19 pages; Voice part, 4 pages; A-Clarinet part, 4 pages; Total, 32 pages.

  • Schubert Auf-dem-Strom VoBFlPf nsmAuf dem Strom, Op.119, by Franz Schubert

    Obbligato transcribed for Bass Flute by C. A. Vater
    Piano Score and Parts for Voice and Bass Flute, PDF $9.50


    The great Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) was a master at creating extremely beautiful, melodic, emotional lieder.  His song Auf dem Strom (On the River) provided a musical setting for the text of the eponymous poem written by the German poet and music critic Ludwig Rellstab.  The lyrics tell the story of a sad parting, of the yearning and loneliness that sets in as the narrator bids farewell to a loved one on shore, while his river journey carries him away towards the sea.  The premier performance of Auf dem Strom took place in Schubert's 1828 public concert, during which the obbligato part was played by Josef Lewy on horn, the instrument for which the obbligato was written and which undoubtedly can provide an appropriately mournful, sentimental character to the piece.  However, an alternate obbligato version for cello was also published.  Now, with all respect, and at the suggestion of our flutist colleague Peter H. Bloom, we offer a bass flute version of the obbligato.  Most of the transposed horn part falls nicely within the sweet range of the bass flute, and very few adaptations were required.  Though clearly having different sonic qualities than a horn, the bass flute lends a forlorn, haunting, earthy tone that can well do justice to this Schubert song.  After giving the bass flute obbligato a try, Mr. Bloom commented: "Fabulous! // The tone-color of the bass flute for this number is gorgeous."

  • rupert.fortunato.bloom-240Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Op.129, by F. Schubert 

    Obbligato Transcribed for Alto Flute in G by Peter H. Bloom

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $4.99

    In the preface to his transcription, Mr. Bloom writes: "In terms of color, nuance, expression, dynamics, and tessitura the obbligato works exquisitely on the alto flute.  Theobald Boehm (1794-1881) designed our first modern alto flute in 1847.  Had Schubert (born in 1797) survived to hear it, I have no doubt that he would have made the alto flute an essential part of his armory of orchestration..... Der Hirt auf dem Felsen is very effective, also, in a purely instrumental arrangement for flute (taking the vocal line) and alto flute obbligato.  It's an ideal didactical vehicle for coaching the developing flutist in the art of rhetorical performance as well as a splendid concert/recital piece."der hirt cover image.240px

    The premiere of Schubert's The Shepherd on the Rock, with obbligato transcribed for alto flute, was performed by D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo-Soprano), Peter H. Bloom (Alto Flute), and Mary Jane Rupert (Piano) during a concert at the Gibson Theatre in Elmira, NY, on November 3, 2009, as part of the Elmira College Encore Series.

    "Flutist Peter Bloom has done an invaluable service to Schubert and to concert singers by providing this charming arrangement, for alto flute, of the original clarinet obbligato to Der Hirt auf dem Felsen.  I've performed it in this version on several occasions and find that the flute timbre is alluring.  It's so easy to blend with and respond to the alto flute!  I believe that, had it been possible, the composer, himself, would have truly enjoyed this arrangement at a Schubertiade performance of his own."  - D'Anna Fortunato

    We provide our alto flute transcription of the obbligato part, originally for clarinet.  The voice and piano parts are readily available as a free pdf download of the score, from sources such as imslp.org/.

    Alto Flute part, 4 pages of music; Total, 8 pages.

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  • Schubert Erlking Trio nsmErlkönig, Franz Schubert

    Arranged for Flute, Cello, and Piano by John W. Pratt

    Piano Score and Parts for Flute and Cello; PDF $11.99

    Franz Schubert (1797-1828), inspired by reading Goethe's poem, wrote his song "Erlkönig" in a few hours in 1815. The song was an immediate hit, and continues to be popular to the present day. Numerous transcriptions have been prepared, but surprisingly none that we found for flute, cello, and piano. John Pratt has created such a trio arrangement, listed here, and also a duet version of the piece with Schubert's solo part adopted without change but with a less punishing alternative to Schubert's piano accompaniment.

    Excerpted from Mr. Pratt's © preface:
    "In the trio arrangement, the flute provides a natural voice for the child and for the mysterious Erlking, whose words are in the child's head. The cello makes a natural father. The narration is mostly given to the cello also, but the flute takes over when the child is mentioned in bars MM 24-30, and joins the cello when the ride is ending in anguish and distress (MM 139-145). The piano is treated as a member of a trio rather than an accompaniment to a voice singing words. The presence of the cello helps free the piano from the constant pounding and allows it to employ a wider range of expressive sonorities than Schubert's, befitting the absence of words. One might view the result as a kind of tone poem."

    Click to preview a page of the score for Schubert's Erlking arranged for flute, cello, and piano.

    Piano score, 8 pages; Flute part, 2 pages; Cello part, 2 pages; Total, 20 pages.

    We also offer a printed hard copy edition of Erlking for $20.38 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee to addresses in the USA. Please use the Contact Usform 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.

  • schubert.sonata in c major nsmSonata in C Major, D.613, by Franz Schubert

    Completion by John W. Pratt

    Piano Score, PDF $7.99

    Schubert's D.613 consists of two unfinished movements in C major. The first, in sonata form, includes an entire exposition of 86 bars and 35 bars of development ending in a dramatic turn toward E major.  We complete this beautiful movement here by adding, in Schubert's style, a suitably proportioned return to C major, a regular recapitulation with a modified bridge passage, and a new coda looking toward the heavenly Adagio in E major commonly assumed to be the intended slow movement to follow.

    The noted Schubert scholar Brian Newbould wrote the following to Mr. Pratt regarding his completion of D.613: "I find your arguments for completing the piece in the way you do perfectly convincing..... As for the completion itself, I've read and played it through a few times and it runs well.  You have fulfilled your aims, in just about as self-effacing a way as you can - which is clearly your hope."

    Piano score, 8 pages; Total, 12 pages.

  • schubert.op.137.no.1.240pxSonatas, Op.137, by F. Schubert

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C. A. Vater & J. W. Pratt

    No.1, Sonata in D major, D.384, Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.99

    No.2, Sonata in A minor, D.385, Alto Flute Part, PDF $7.99

    No.3, Sonata in G minor, D.408, Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.99

     

    Franz Schubert (1797-1828) wrote his three violin sonatas Opus 137 when he was barely 19.  They were published posthumously as 'Sonatinas', perhaps for marketing reasons, but they are full-scale sonatas in traditional classical style and format, the first having three movements and the others four.  These plus the violin sonata in A of the next year constitute fully half of Schubert's known works for piano and solo instrument.

    Schubert's Op.137 sonatas are truly delightful, and we have adapted the violin parts for alto flute.  Where appropriate, changes have been introduced to better accommodate the range, sonority, and general characteristics of the alto flute.  Such modifications include occasional octave adjustments, dynamic changes, and suitable flute-friendly alternatives to the violin's doublestops.  We provide our transcribed alto flute parts—click to preview p1 of No.1, Sonata in D major, or No.2, Sonata in A minor, or No.3, Sonata in G minor.  The piano scoresare readily available in the public domain as free pdf downloads from imslp.org/.

     

    No.1, Sonata in D major:  Alto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 8 pages. PDF $5.99

     

    No.2, Sonata in A minor:  Alto Flute part, 8 pages; Total, 10 pages. PDF $7.99

     

    No.3, Sonata in G minor: Alto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 8 pages. PDF $5.99

  • Erlkönig, Franz Schubert

    Arranged for Cello (or Viola or Alto Flute) and Piano by John W. Pratt
    Piano Score and Parts for Cello/Voice, Viola, and Alto Flute; PDF $11.99

    Schubert Erlking Duo NSMFranz Schubert (1797-1828), inspired by reading Goethe's poem, wrote his song "Erlkönig" in a few hours in 1815. The song was an immediate hit, and continues to be popular to the present day. John Pratt has created a trio arrangement for flute, cello, and piano (click for more information), and also the duo version offered here with Schubert's solo voice part transposed for cello (or viola or alto flute), and with a less arduous alternative to Schubert's piano accompaniment.

    Excerpted from Mr. Pratt's © preface:
    "In the duo arrangement, Schubert's solo part is adopted without change. Thus the piano must provide the entire accompaniment, but rocking triplets and other pianistically felicitous passagework replace Schubert's unremitting repetition. The range of sonorities is also wider than Schubert's, though more restrained than that of the trio arrangement, where the flute enlarges the musical terrain. This accompaniment is offered as a less punishing alternative to Schubert's, to be played with a singer or any solo instrument. Solo parts are provided for voice or cello, viola, and alto flute."

    Click to preview a page of the score for Schubert's Erlking arranged for cello and piano.


    Piano score, 6 pages; Cello, Viola, and Alto Flute parts, 2 pages each; Total, 22 pages.

    We also offer a printed hard copy edition of Erlking for $20.38 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.

  • Schumann Drei-Romanzen nsmDrei Romanzen, Op.94, by Robert Schumann

    Transcribed for Alto Flute (and Piano) by Carol A. Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.96

    Robert Schumann composed his Drei Romanzen (Opus 94) for oboe and piano in 1849, and Simrock published the first edition, Drei Romanzen für Hoboe, ad libitum Violine oder Clarinette, mit Begleitung  des Pianoforte, in 1851.  Others have created arrangements of this popular piece for additional instruments, including cello, alto sax, soprano sax, tuba, flute, and horn.  The 3 Romances are beautifully adaptable to the alto flute’s range and sonority.  We provide here the alto flute part; the piano part is readily available in the public domain, free, as a pdf download of the score for oboe and piano.  Here is a link to one such source: Piano Score.

    JP__CAV_Pf__Alto_Flute_11.11.10_uncroppedAlto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 8 pages

     

  • Schuman Fantasiestucke Op73 Afl nsmFantasiestücke, Op.73, by Robert Schumann

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by Carol A. Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.96

    Robert Schumann composed his Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet and piano, but also arranged them for cello with piano.  Others have since created arrangements of this highly popular and frequently performed piece for a variety of additional instruments.  The Fantasy Pieces are charmingly adaptable as a work for alto flute and piano, and we offer here our alto flute transcription of the solo part. The edition does not include the piano part, but a suitable version is readily available in the public domain as a free pdf download of the score for clarinet and piano.  Here is a link to one such source: Piano Score.

    Alto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 8 pages.

     

  • Schumann Funf-Stucke-Op102 nsmFünf Stücke im Volkston, Op.102, by Robert Schumann

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by John W. Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $6.99

    Excerpted from the foreword by John W. Pratt:

    "Robert Schumann (1810-1856) wrote Fünf Stücke im Volkston (Five Pieces in Folk Style), Opus 102, for violoncello and piano on April 13-15, 1849.  //   Fünf Stücke im Volkstonwas premiered on Schumann's 40th birthday, June 8, 1850 by his wife, Clara, and their friend Andreas Grabau, the dedicatee, a cellist in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Clara thought the pieces beguiling, fresh, original, and under-appreciated. They have been viewed as precursors of his cello concerto, composed in October, 1850, and first performed after his death in honor of his 50th birthday.  // Just as folk songs may appropriately be sung by a great variety of voices, it is perhaps appropriate that songs without words in folk style may be played by a great variety of solo instruments and piano. In any event, Schumann's Fünf Stücke im Volkston have been arranged for oboe, viola, clarinet, alto saxophone, horn, bass clarinet, bassoon, trombone, and baritone saxophone, at least. The pieces are this popular for good reason, being varied and appealing, and we are pleased to add alto flute to this list. Though often programmed by professionals, they call for folk-like playing, not virtuosity, and are entirely suitable for ordinary folk."

    We provide our transcribed alto flute part only; the piano score is in the public domain and available without charge from imslp.org.

    Alto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 10 pages.

  • Robert_Schumann_1839Märchenbilder, Op.113, by Robert Schumann

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by J.W.Pratt & C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $9.98

    Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) was composed for viola and piano by Robert Schumann, and the work is now a staple of the viola repertoire. The piece was alternately indicated for violin and piano by the composer himself. We have created a transcription of the viola part for alto flute, which we provide here. The piano part is readily available in the public domain as a free pdf download of the score for viola and piano. Here is a link to one such source: Piano Score.

    Alto Flute Part, 10 pages; Total, 12 pages.

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  • schumann op105sonata afl nsmSonata in A minor, Op.105, by Robert Schumann

    Transcribed for Alto Flute (and Piano) by John W. Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.99

    Sonata in A Minor, Opus 105, was the first of two violin sonatas composed by Robert Schumann in 1851.  The first movement has a gentle melody very well suited to the alto flute and the kind of flowing piano accompaniment and overlapping harmonies one finds in much of Schumann's chamber music. The Allegretto, with its hesitations and shifting moods and motifs, is also well suited to the alto flute. The restless final movement is exciting and effective (and a workout for both players) whatever solo instrument is used. The range and dynamics of Schumann's violin part, as well as its character, fit the alto flute's nature and capabilities beautifully. We provide our alto flute transcription of the violin part; the piano score and original violin part are available elsewhere in the public domain as free pdf downloads (click on the link).

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

  • ScriabinRomance, by Alexander Scriabin

    Transcribed for Clarinet or Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano) by J. W. Pratt

    Parts, PDF $0.00

    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), the mystic Russian composer with music to match, wrote nine mind-bending orchestral works and myriad mostly miniature piano pieces. He began as a "Russian Chopin" and ended planning a week-long "Mysterium" to be performed in the Himalayas using "an orchestra, a large mixed choir, an instrument with visual effects, dancers, a procession, incense, and... mists and lights" (Wikipedia).

    The Romance of 1890, his only chamber work except one variation for string quartet, is nearer the Chopin end of that spectrum, though the piano part adds harmonic and rhythmic complexities not evident from the solo part alone.

    - John W. Pratt, Jan. 19, 2016

    Please click on the links to download your free PDFs:

    Transcription for clarinet required no changes of pitch.  Scriabin - Romance - Clarinet

    The transcription for flute is raised an octave, except the last five measures.  Scriabin - Romance - Flute

    The transcription for alto flute raises MM21-24 and MM36-48 an octave.  Scriabin - Romance - Alto Flute

    The piano score is freely available on IMSLP.org.

    Scriabin image courtesy of Wikimedia.org, PD-old.

  • sing along nsm rSing-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.

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    Large-font lyrics for Christmas carols and Thanksgiving songs [1] to [42]

    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 [1] to [42], 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.