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  • Gade - Fantasy Pieces - Alto Flute

    Gade FantasyPieces Op43 Afl nsmFantasiestücke, Op.43, by Niels W. Gade

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by John W. Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $6.99

    Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817–1890) became the preeminent figure in 19th century Danish musical life after an early success in Copenhagen and five years in Leipzig as Mendelssohn's assistant and successor.  His Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces, Opus 43) for clarinet (or violin) and piano were published in 1864, apparently his only work published that year although others were in progress.  They are dedicated to the clarinetist "Herrn Kammermusiker Mozart Petersen."  Our flute transcriptions take into account the nature of the flute and the discrepancies between Gade's original score and the clarinet and violin parts.  We provide our alto flute part; the piano score 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, 7 pages; Total, 10 pages.

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  • Gade - Fantasy Pieces - Flute

    Gade Fantasy-Pieces-Op43 Flute nsmFantasiestücke, Op.43, by Niels W. Gade

    Transcribed for Flute and Piano by J. W. Pratt

    Flute Part, PDF $6.99

    Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817–1890) became the preeminent figure in 19th century Danish musical life after an early success in Copenhagen and five years in Leipzig as Mendelssohn's assistant and successor.  His Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces, Opus 43) for clarinet (or violin) and piano were published in 1864, apparently his only work published that year although others were in progress.  They are dedicated to the clarinetist "Herrn Kammermusiker Mozart Petersen."  Our flute transcriptions take into account the nature of the flute and the discrepancies between Gade's original score and the clarinet and violin parts.  The piano score 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

    Flute part, 7 pages; Total, 10 pages.

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  • Pierné - Pièce - Alto Flute & Piano


    pierne piece nsmPièce, Op.5, by Gabriel Pierné 

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by Carol A. Vater

    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $6.99

    The Pièce en sol mineur for oboe (or violin or cello) with accompaniment of piano was composed by Gabriel Pierné in 1883.  The alto flute is especially well-suited to this delightful, romantic piece, which falls completely and comfortably within the alto flute's range.  Our edition includes both the alto flute part and the piano score.   

    Piano score, 5 pages; Alto Flute part, 2 pages; Total, 12 pages.

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  • Reger - Suite in A Minor - Alto Flute

    Reger_with_captionSuite in A Minor, Op.103a, by Max Reger

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by Carol A. Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $11.98

    The Suite in A Minor for violin and piano by Max Reger was first published in 1908. The piece has been performed and recorded on flute, and arrangements of the beautiful Aria (3rd movement) have been published for violin and orchestra, as well as for cello and piano or organ. The piece is also highly suited to the rich, mellow sonorities of the alto flute. We offer here our transcription of all six movements of the violin part for alto flute. The piano part is readily available in the public domain as a free pdf download of the score for violin and piano. Here is a link to one such source: Piano Score

    Alto Flute part, 12 pages; Total, 14 pages.

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  • Saint-Saëns - Sonata - Alto Flute

    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; 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.

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  • Slawinski - Cookies - Flute & Piano

     

    Slawinski Cookies nsmCookies, by Zenon Slawinski 

    Contemporary Composition for Flute and Piano

    Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $24.50

    From the preface by Zenon Slawinski:

    The Cookies came about because my wife and I had been exploring the various compositions and arrangements available for flute and piano and I felt that we needed something new for our time and our audience. We live in a constantly changing world yet we love to hang our hat on the past, especially when it comes to music.  I wanted to create a set of pieces that would not only be enjoyable for the listener but provide the players with a high level of satisfaction.

    These pieces range in difficulty from the rather simple and easy to play (Cookies 1, 2, 4, 7), to the intermediate (Cookies 5, 8, 9, 11), and to the more challenging (Cookies 3, 6, 10, 12).

    A special note about Cookie No. 5.  This piece was influenced by the Jazz tunes in the popular series of Real Books which follow a common practice in today's "chart" or "lead sheets" where the melody line is written out and chords are marked for the accompaniment to play.  This gives a lot of freedom initially to the piano.  As the flutists becomes more familiar with their part, I would encourage them to get off the page and try some of their own lines.

    I purposely gave few performance markings so that players can create their own.  Interpret these freely and have fun.

    Zenon Slawinski, September 17, 2014

    You may listen to some short audio samples of the Cookies, recorded on the composer’s Yamaha MOTIF ES with the sampled piano and flute sounds found in the instrument.

    Cookie 1 mp3

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    Cookie 4 mp3

    Cookie 5 mp3

    Cookie 6 mp3

    Cookie 7 mp3

    Cookie 8 mp3

    Cookie 9 mp3

    Cookie 10 mp3

    Cookie 11 mp3

    Cookie 12 mp3

    Customers who purchase the sheet music to Cookies are entitled to free rehearsal mp3’s of the piano tracks with which the flutist may play along.

    Cookie 9 is a flute solo; the piano is tacet.

     

    Cookies 1 to 12, complete edition: Piano score, 60 pages; Flute part, 21 pages; Total, 84 pages, PDF Price $24.50. 
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    For those who would prefer to buy a subset of the Cookies, rather than all 12, we offer three smaller editions:

      Cookies 1,2,4,7: Piano Score, 15 pages; Flute part, 5 pages; Total 24 pages; PDF Price $9.45

      Cookies 5,8,9,11: Piano Score, 15 pages; Flute part, 7 pages; Total 28 pages; PDF Price $9.45

      Cookies 3,6,10,12: Piano Score, 30 pages; Flute part, 9 pages; Total 42 pages; PDF Price $18.90

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    Slawinski - Cookies - Complete Edition 1-12 - Flute & Piano
    $24.50
    Slawinski - Cookies 1,2,4,7 - Flute & Piano
    $9.45
    Slawinski - Cookies 5,8,9,11 - Flute & Piano
    $9.45
    Slawinski - Cookies 3,6,10,12- Flute & Piano
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    US customers may purchase professionally-printed hard copies of the complete edition of Cookies for $41.65 plus shipping and handling.  Please use the Contact Us form to let us know which sheet music you would like to purchase, along with your contact information and your USPO mailing address.

  • Slawinski - Bagette no. 4 - Flute & Piano

    slawinski bagette no.4 nsmBagette no. 4, by Zenon Slawinski

    Contemporary Composition for Flute and Piano

    Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $16.99

    Zenon Slawinski studied music theory and composition at the University of Michigan with Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, and William Albright. He also studied Campanology with Hudson Ladd. After graduating with honors he pursued a career in both music and graphic design. Mr. Slawinski was co-music director for the Peabody and Ohio State award winning Children's Radio Theatre program, and scored numerous independent and industrial films and films for the Smithsonian Institution that aired at Smithsonian museums and on PBS. He wrote the music to the popular political talk show The John McLaughlin Group. Mr. Slawinski was a founding partner of a multimedia production company and recording studio working in the early interactive days on educational and entertainment music projects in the CDi and CD-ROM formats, many of which won numerous awards. For more details of Zenon Slawinski's biography, please see the Composers section of the NSM website.

    Bagette no. 4 is from a set of four Bagettes written by Zenon Slawinski for his flutist wife, for the two of them to play together. The piece showcases the flute and has challenging moments for both players throughout. The spelling of "bagette" is intentional. The piece opens and closes with a quick ostinato in ¾ in the piano part that lays the foundation for the feel of the entire Bagette. The second section is more pensive and contemplative, with the piano taking the lead initially. The next section is bold and in a new key - B major - and here the flute and piano engage in a playful interaction. The composer intends for the players to put their own spin on the piece and interpret the music freely.

    You may also listen to audio of the piece, recorded on the composer's Yamaha MOTIF ES with the sampled piano and flute sounds found in the instrument.  Click to listen

    Customers who purchase the sheet music to Bagette no. 4 are entitled to a free rehearsal mp3 of the piano track with which the flutist can play along.

    Piano score, 15 pages; Flute part, 7 pages; Total, 26 pages.

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  • Mendelssohn - On Wings of Song - Alto Flute & Piano

    MendelssohnOWOS.NSMOn Wings of Song, Op.34, No.2, by Felix Mendelssohn

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

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $5.99

    Having made significant contributions as a poet, essayist, journalist, and critic, Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) is considered one of the great German writers of the 19th century.  Many of his romantic poems were chosen as the text for Lieder by such eminent composers as Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.  The Heine poem Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, which translates into English as On Wings of Song, was set to music by Felix Mendelssohn and published as No. 2 of six songs for voice and piano constituting his Opus 34.  Auf Flügeln des Gesanges became one of Mendelssohn's most famous art songs, and remains popular to this day.  Arrangements and transcriptions of the music have been created for small orchestra, flute and guitar, flute and piano, violin and piano, two violins, cello and piano, treble choir, and piano solo, among others.  With its charming, simple melody and narrow pitch range, On Wings of Song is highly accessible and understandably a favorite of vocal and instrumental soloists of all levels.  Our transcription is in the key of G, and the song is especially mellow and lovely when played on alto flute. 

    Alto Flute part, 1 page; Piano Score, 4 pages; Total, 8 pages.

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  • Elgar - Chanson de Matin - AFl & Pf

    elgar chanson-de-matin afl-and-pf nsmChanson de Matin, Op.15, No.2, by Edward Elgar

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

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $6.99

    Edward Elgar composed his Chanson de Matin for violin and piano c.1889-1890.  The two companion pieces, Chanson de Matin (No. 2) and Chanson de Nuit (No. 1), together constitute his Op.15, and both pieces were later arranged for small orchestra by the composer.  Chanson de Matin was received with great enthusiasm, and its initial and lasting popularity can be attributed largely to its strong melodic appeal.  Enduring public affection for the piece has spawned the creation of numerous arrangements and transcriptions, including renditions for cello and piano, viola and piano, flute and guitar, piano solo, organ solo, and string quartet.  Noteworthy Sheet Music offers two of our own transcriptions of the lovely Chanson de Matin, one for alto flute and piano and one for C-flute and piano.

    Alto Flute part, 2 pages; Piano Score, 4 pages; Total, 12 pages.

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  • Fauré - Pièce - Alto Flute & Piano

    faure piece nsmPièce (Vocalise-Étude), by Gabriel Fauré

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

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $4.99

    Vocalises are songs without words written to provide technical challenges for singers; they are designed to develop flexibility and control, and thus often serve as vocal warm-up exercises.  Gabriel Fauré composed his Vocalise-Étude in 1906, and it was published by Leduc the following year.  The original piece, in the key of E minor and marked Adagio molto tranquillo, includes a piano accompaniment and incorporates various difficulties for the vocal soloist, including wide intervals, unexpected harmonies, and demanding rhythms.

    Fauré's Vocalise-Étude has long been recognized as a particularly lovely and poignant piece of music, not merely a vocal exercise but a musical work of intrinsic beauty.  Under its alternative name Pièce, the Vocalise-Étude has been transcribed for various orchestral instruments, including bassoon and piano, flute and piano, and oboe and harp.  We at Noteworthy Sheet Music think the alto flute, with its rich, mellow tone, is the perfect instrument for this moving and somewhat melancholy Fauré melody.  Our transcription for alto flute and piano is based on the version of the Vocalise-Étude for medium voice, in the key of D minor, published by Alphonse Leduc in 1907 and now in the public domain.

    Alto Flute part, 1 page; Piano Score, 3 pages; Total, 8 pages.

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  • Schumann - Five Pieces in Folk Style - Alto Flute

    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.

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  • Dvořák - Ballada - Alto Flute & Piano

    Dvorak-Ballada-Op15 AflPf nsmBallada, Op. 15, by Antonín Dvořák

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

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $7.99

    The Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841-1904) first visited England in 1884, at the invitation of the Philharmonic Society of London. He conducted several of his works there and and was commissioned to compose a new symphony for the Philharmonic Society, his Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op.70, which he conducted in London on April 22, 1885. Dvořák, who was well-received in England for his longer works, including cantatas and oratorios, was asked by London publishers to write shorter compositions as well. The Ballada, composed by Dvořák in late 1884 shortly after he completed his Symphony No. 7, was written specifically for publication in the Christmas edition of the London Magazine of Music. It is a short work of approximately six minutes duration for violin and piano. Written in the key of D minor, the Ballad's outer sections are solemn and melancholy while the contrasting central Allegro agitato is fervid and intense. The piece works nicely on alto flute, and our transcription required few adaptations from the original violin part.

    [Sources for Dvořák biographical information: Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Eighth Edition, Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky) and the internet website http://www.antonin-dvorak.cz/en/ballad.]

    Score, 8 pages; Alto Flute part, 3 pages; Total, 14 pages.

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  • Brahms ― Sonata, Op.120 No.1 ― Alto Flute

    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.

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  • Brahms ― Sonata, Op.120 No.2 ― Alto Flute

    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.

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  • Schubert – Der Hirt auf dem Felsen – Alto Flute (voice trans.)

    Schubert Der-Hirt vo-to-afl nsmDer Hirt auf dem Felsen, Op.129, by F. Schubert 

    Voice Part Transcribed for Alto Flute in G by Carol A. Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.99

    NSM published Peter H. Bloom's alto flute transcription of the clarinet obbligato from Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock in 2012. Please find information about that publication in our article for that edition. Later we realized that the voice part, which I have performed on flute in a flute/clarinet/piano group, would work much better when played on alto flute. So we created a transcription of the vocal part for alto flute. This alto flute transcription is to be played in an entirely instrumental version of Der Hirt auf dem Felsen for alto flute, clarinet (or alto flute), and piano, which as noted by Mr. Bloom, is "an ideal didactical vehicle for coaching the developing flutist in the art of rhetorical performance as well as a splendid concert/recital piece." Our alto flute transcription of the voice part is a simple transposition requiring no octave changes; the part falls naturally and beautifully within the alto flute range. The clarinet part and piano score are freely available at IMSLP.org.

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  • Mozart – Sonata in E minor – Clarinet (and Piano)

    Mozart K304-cl nsmSonata in E minor, K.304, by W. A. Mozart

    Transcribed for Clarinet (and Piano) by John W. Pratt

    Clarinet in A Part, PDF $5.99


    Mozart's second group of violin sonatas, the seven "Mannheim" sonatas of 1778, were begun in Mannheim where the composer also worked on a flute commission. The violin parts rarely make significant use of double stops and are in general well suited to a wind instrument. Mozart's works in minor keys are rare and special: consider the G-minor quintet and Symphony No. 40. The K.304 sonata is his only work in E minor and it is mysteriously compelling in its simplicity. Mr. Pratt has created an excellent transcription of the Sonata in E minor, K.304 for A-clarinet. K.304 was written the same summer that Mozart's mother died, an association often pointed to and the inspiration for our cover image selection.

    Note that Mr. Pratt's transcription offers the advantage of being in the original key, and that we provide the A-clarinet part only.  The clarinet part works perfectly with the piano part in Mozart's score for piano and violin, which is in the public domain and readily available on imslp.org, free of charge. 

    For additional information about the seven Mozart Mannheim sonatas and Mr. Pratt's previous transcriptions of them for alto flute, please read his article Mozart's Mannheim Sonatas, which was originally published by Flute Focus and subsequently republished by NSM on our Resources – Reviews and Articles page.


    Clarinet part, 5 pages; Total, 8 pages.

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  • Dvořák - Sonatina - Clarinet (and piano)

    Dvorak Sonatina-Op100 cl nsmSonatina, Op.100, by Antonín Dvořák

    Transcribed for Clarinet in A (and Piano) by J.W.Pratt and C.A.Vater

    A-Clarinet Part, PDF $11.99

    From 1892 to 1895, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) was in the United States, serving as the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He wrote his Sonatina in G major (Opus 100, B. 183) for violin and piano in 1893, and in some ways it reminds us of his triumphant Symphony No. 9, "From the New World", which was composed the same year. The Sonatina was written for and dedicated to Dvořák's own children. It has an average duration of 20 minutes and consists of four movements: I. Allegro risoluto; II. Larghetto (Indian Lament); III. Scherzo. Molto vivace; and IV. Finale. Allegro.

    In transcribing this popular work for clarinet, we have incorporated several changes in the part to account for sonic differences between the clarinet and the violin. In so doing, every effort has been made to maintain the spirit and character of the original composition. In places the New World feel is even stronger with a wind instrument. We provide here our transcribed A-clarinet part only; Dvořák's original piano part works well with the new clarinet part, and the score for violin and piano is readily available in the public domain as a free pdf download from imslp.org.

     

    A-Clarinet Part, 11 pages; Total, 14 pages.

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  • Reger - Romanze - Alto Flute and Piano

    Reger Romanze Afl-Pf NSMRomanze, by Max Reger

     

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

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $4.99

    Reger's Romanze is a lovely, short piece in G major, consisting of a single movement, Andante con moto. Written in 1902 for violin (or cello) and piano, the work was published by Breitkopf und Härtel ca.1920 and is now in the public domain. Numerous arrangements and transcriptions of the Romanze, including those for C-flute, trumpet, cello, clarinet, viola, or alto saxophone and piano, and even one for oboe and accordion, attest to the piece's popularity. The Romanze works beautifully on alto flute, and Noteworthy Sheet Music's 2016 edition includes both our transcribed alto flute part and a re-notated piano score.

    Cover image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, PD-old: "Bavarian Landscape", by Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902).

    Alto Flute Part, 1 page; Score 2 pages; Total, 6 pages.

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  • Weber - Andante e Rondo Ongarese - Clarinet (and Piano)

    Weber Andante-e-Rondo Op35 nsmAndante e Rondo Ongarese, Op.35, by Carl Maria von Weber

    Transcribed for Clarinet (and Piano) by John W. Pratt

    Bb Clarinet Part, PDF $6.99

    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) is widely credited with being a founder and leading composer of the Romantic school.  He was prolific, making major and influential contributions to almost every kind of music, including 7 operas and 3 Singspiels, other vocal and choral music, orchestral and wind music, and piano music.  Yet his chamber music consists of just 9 works (counting a set of 6 minor violin sonatas as one), and only the Grand Duo, the flute trio, and the clarinet quintet are substantial.  The scarcity of Weber's chamber music makes a transcription of a concertante work, especially a fine one not often played like the Andante e Rondo Ongarese, particularly welcome.  Weber’s Op.35 was first written in 1809 for viola (J79), but revised in 1813 for bassoon (J158) and apparently proved more popular in that form.  Combining the viola's range and the bassoon's timbre points inexorably to the clarinet.

    — excerpted from J.W.P.’s foreword to the edition

     

    Clarinetists will find this work challenging and fun to play. We provide our clarinet transcription; a suitable piano part is readily available in the public domain as a free high quality pdf download of the score for bassoon and piano, which can be found at imslp.org: Piano Score

    BbClarinet part, 5 pages; Total, 8 pages.

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  • Schubert - Auf dem Strom - Vo/Cl/Pf

    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.

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