Friday, December 2, 2011

Piazzolla's Le Grand Tango for Solo Viola

Astor Piazzolla's iconic 
Le Grand Tango 
arranged for Solo Viola 
by Brett L Allen 

Available in two versions: 

Orchestra Version = Solo Viola, String Orchestra and Piano

Piano Redux Version = Viola and Piano


This arrangement is available from three sources:

I. Bèrben 
This arrangement is published by Bèrben of Ancona, Italy. It can be ordered from their website, Bèrben.it. Enter the catalog numbers on their direct order page:
Solo Viola, String Orchestra and Piano = Bèrben 5738
Viola and Piano = Bèrben 5753

II. Theodore Presser
The distributor for Bèrben in the US is Theodore Presser. Click the links below to order  from their website:
Solo Viola, String Orchestra and Piano
Viola and Piano

III. The arranger himself
I have a few copies available of both versions - while supplies last.
Orchestra Version $74 plus shipping
Piano Version $32 plus shipping.
Pay via PayPal.
Email me at brettallenmusic@gmail.com


Sample Pages
Peruse excerpts of the score and parts at Scribd.com. These include the Full Score, Solo Viola, Violin 1, and Piano.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Nativity Scenes, Suite for String Orchestra


Nativity Scenes, Suite for String Orchestra, can be described as an aural rather than visual retelling of the Nativity story. The composer's intent was to recapture some of the awe and wonder he felt as a child participating in outdoor living Nativity scenes. Scriptural narrations serve to connect universally known Christmas carols to their Biblical basis.

The work is in five movements. It may be performed with or without narration. The individual movements may be excerpted. Duration 28 mins with narration, 22 mins without. Individual movements range from 4 to 7 mins.

The narration texts provided in the score are from the KJV version of the Bible. Though the composer prefers the KJV version, other versions may be substituted.

Though intended as concert music, the work has strong visual elements. It is therefore well adapted to the addition of interpretive dance or ballet choreography. It is also well suited to Lessons and Carols services. But it does not make suitable sing-along material.


SYNOPSIS

Mvmt I. Prophecy of the Messiah. A treatment of the carol, O Come, O Come Emmanuel (aka Veni Emmanuel).

Mvmt II. The wise men from the east and their encounter with Herod. A treatment of the carol, We Three Kings.

Mvmt III. The shepherds in the field to whom the birth of the Saviour is first revealed. A treatment of two carols in combination, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, and, Christmas (aka, Joy to the World). The movement is a tipping of the hat to composer G F Handel.

Mvmt IV. Herod's attempt on Jesus’ life, aka, the Slaughter of Innocents. A treatment of the carol, Silent Night.

Mvmt V. The unusual energy and growth of the early Christian Church, in effect, the birth of Christianity itself. A treatment of the carol, Good Christian Men, Rejoice (aka, In Dulci Jubilo).


AUDIO RECORDINGS



III. Handelia



ORDERING INFORMATION

Nativity Scenes: Suite for String Orchestra, is published by Oxford University Press. Score and parts are available print-on-demand from Allegro Music, UK. Click the links below:



TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Violin 1. Minimum players: 4. Techniques: pizzicato, double & triple stops, tremolo, ponticello, natural and artificial harmonics, quattro corde, highest note: E7 (harmonic), highest melodic note: Bb6, sul G (high note A4). Solos: up to four players simultaneously.

Violin 2. Minimum players: 4. Techniques: pizzicato, strumming pizzicato (upstroke & downstroke), tremolo, ponticello, double & triple stops, natural harmonics, highest melodic note C7, sul G (high note B4). Solos: up to three players simultaneously.

Viola. Minimum players: 2. Techniques: pizzicato, snap pizzicato, tremolo, ponticello, double & triple stops, natural harmonics, highest melodic note E6. Solos: up to two players simultaneously.

Cello. Minimum players: 3. Techniques: pizzicato, snap pizzicato, tremolo, ponticello, double stops, thumb position, highest melodic note: E5. Solos: up to two players simultaneously.

Bass. Minimum players: 2. Techniques: pizzicato, snap pizzicato, tremolo, double stops, ponticello, natural harmonics, highest note: B3. Solo.