Birthday Piece No. 6 for Viola d'amore and Piano


You can get the music and hear a computer-generated recording on this page of the IMSLP Petrucci Library. A naturally-generated recording will be forthcoming.

Previous Birthday Pieces for viola d'amore and piano:
No. 1,
No. 2,
No. 3,
No. 4,
No. 5

Transcription: Amanda Maier Pieces for Viola and Piano



Two of Amanda Maier's Six Pieces for Violin and Piano work beautifully when played down an octave on the viola, so I made this transcription to share the incredible wealth found in this music. You can find a score and a computer-generated recording on this page of the IMSLP Petrucci Library. You can also listen here.

Amanda Maier (1853-1894) was born into a Swedish working-class family, and in 1869 became the first woman to receive a music degree from the Stockholm Conservatory of Music. From 1873 to 1876 she studied at the Leipzig Conservatory with Engelbert Röntgen, the concertmaster of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. She married his piano-playing son Julius. Maier, her father-in-law, and her son all played the Lipinski Stradivarius, the instrument that was stolen in January 2014 from Frank Almond, and subsequently returned.

Maier and her husband entertained Johannes Brahms and Edward Grieg in their home. Both Brahms and Grieg (who were frequent guests in Maier’s home) admired her ability as a composer, but the ethos of the time prevailed, and when Amanda became a mother, her main musical outlet became teaching her sons. She taught them well: Julius Röntgen Jr. became the second violinist in the Kneisel Quartet, and Engelbert Röntgen Jr. became the principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Maier’s Sechs Stücke were published in 1879 by the Leipzig publisher Breitkopf & Hartel, one year after Swedish publication of her Violin Sonata.

Four Souvenirs for Five Guitars


December 10, 2012

The music is available in the IMSLP Petrucci Library, and you can download the score and parts here.

Transcription: "Baseball" and "Hopscotch" from Six Summer Games



You can listen to this here, and download the score and parts here.



You can listen to this here, and download the score and parts here.

These are transcriptions for string orchestra with harp (or keyboard) of two pieces from the set of violin duets I wrote in 2011 called "Six Summer Games." "Hopscotch" is itself an adaptation of a Schottische by Franz Schubert. The play on words is obviously intentional.

Duo for Violin and Viola


January 15, 2014

This is a transcription of my 2007 Duo for Oboe and Bassoon. You can find the music here or on this page of the IMSLP.

A New Year's Resolution (Piano Prelude Number Seven)


January 1, 2014

You can download a PDF and listen to a recording by David Wolfson on this page of the IMSLP.

Transcription: Dvorak Sonata Opus 100 for String Orchestra


December 19, 2013

This is a transcription of the first movement of the Sonatina that Dvorak wrote for his son and daughter and chose to be published as his Opus 100. It is appropriate for an orchestra that includes beginners. You can get the score and parts here.

The Ash Grove for Strings and Harp


December 19, 2013

You can get the score and parts here, and listen to a computer-generated recording here.

Lorca's Guitar



I was inspired to write this after seeing an exhibit at the New York Public Library that included Federico Garcia Lorca's very own guitar. Photography was not permitted, so I "took" my own musical images. You can listen to a recording and download the music on this page of the IMSLP.

Sonata for Tuba and Piano



You can download the score and parts from this page of the IMSLP.

Quintet for Flute, Oboe, and String Trio


October 22, 2013

You can get the score and parts and listen to a computer-generated recording on this page of the IMSLP Petrucci Library. You can also just listen here.

Three Character Pieces (and one Transcription) for Clarinet and Viola


September 26, 2013

The score, parts, and a computer-generated recording are available here. You can read more about the piece here. You can also listen here.

The Ash Grove for Four Guitars

September 3, 2013
The score, parts, and a computer-generated recording are available here.

Mutability for violin, viola, and cello


September 3, 2013

You can download the music and listen to a computer-generated recording here. ≈

Prelude and Allegro for Two Euphoniums and Piano

This piece will be available after its premiere by Isaac Munoz at the Texas State University.

Musings on Melodies from Der Fluyten Lust-hof

This version is for viola d'amore and guitar:


and this version is for violin, viola, and guitar (or any two melody instruments)


You can find the music for both versions, including a treble part for the viola part of the version for trio, on this page of the IMSLP.

Birthday Piece No. 5 for Viola d'amore and Piano


April 7, 2013
You can find the a PDF of the music as well as a computer-generated recording here.

Transcriptions for String Quartet

I have a dropbox folder full of transcriptions of pieces for string quartet that I have made over the years:

Please send me an e-mail message, and I'll invite you to join the folder. UPDATE: To protect this music from accidental deletion, I have had to upgrade to a professional dropbox program. I like to make this music available to musicians for free, but in order to make sure that these arrangements are available I now have to pay $99 a year. If you regularly use this music for paying gigs (and I hope you do), you can, if you wish, send me a small amount of money to help out with the expense of keeping these available. If you would like to do this, please send me an email message, and I'll send you my postal address.

New Divisions on Green Sleeves to a Ground


February 2, 2013

This is part of Daniel Wolf's The New Division. You can download a PDF of this Division here. There's a computer-generated recording of it here.

Daybreak



January 28, 2013

This is a setting of a 1921 poem by William Carlos Williams. You can get the music here.

New Year's Greeting for Viola d'amore (or Viola) and Guitar

December 24, 2012

Happy New Year for 2013! You can get the score and parts for this New Year's Greeting here.

Goldman Fantasie



This is an instrumental adaptation of some of the music from the first act of EMMA, an opera I wrote in 2005 that is based on the play by Howard Zinn. The score and parts are available here, and you can also listen to it here.

Trio for Violin (or Clarinet), Viola, and Piano

November 5, 2012


February 16, 2014

You can get the score and parts and listen to a computer-generated recording here.

New Divisions on an Old Italian Ground

October 26, 2012

This is part of a project coordinated by Daniel Wolf that involves 24 composers writing new divisions on top of 24 Grounds found in John Walsh's 1706 The Division Flute. You can download the music and listen to a recording (of me playing both parts--with a few foibles and a bit of erratic intonation in the beginning) on this page of the IMSLP.

[UPDATE] Daniel Wolf's complete publication is here.

Transcription: Pleyel Adagio in B flat



September 14, 2012

You can get the score and parts on this page of the IMSLP, where you can also listen to a computer-generated recording.

Transcription: Pictures at an Exhibition for Strings




I made a transcription of numbers one through nine of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition for five violas d'amore, and a transcription of "The Old Castle" for string orchestra (three violins, two violas, and cello). You can get the five viola d'amore set here and "The Old Castle" for strings here.

You can also find them on this page of the Petrucci Library.

Transcription: Pastime With Good Company



You can get a PDF of the score and parts for this string orchestra arrangement of Henry VIII's magnum opus here.

El Hotel Electrico for Recorder, Oboe, and Bassoon



May 5, 2012

This piece can be used to accompany Segundo de Chomón's 1908 Film El Hotel Electrico, and a second oboe can play the recorder part (as written) if a recorder player is not available. The score and parts are available here.

Birthday Piece No. 4



April 8, 2012

These are the first two pages of my annual Birthday Piece for viola d'amore and piano. This year's piece has 53 measures. You can download the music here and listen to it here. I look forward to the chance, some day, to hear this piece and my other viola d'amore music played by a better viola d'amore player than the one I have in house (which would be me).

Prelude and Aria for String Quartet




March 20, 2012

You can listen to a recording and download the score and parts here.