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Educational Music Department

Some didactic works in various formats, for easy reference and downloading. See the "About the Site" page for a description of formats.

Violin Studies

I worked up a few simple violin duets for my daughter's use in her teaching business, which are presented here for free distribution among teaching professionals. These were "borrowed" from the guitar repertoire (e.g. Carulli).

Work Composer NWC Files Midi Files
(Type 1)
PDF Scores Text or .DOC
(info) Files
Dance Duet Anon. (18th Cent.) dan_duet.nwc (1k) dan_duet.mid (4.7k) dan_duet.pdf (40k) N/A
Duet in G F. Carulli carduetg.nwc (1k) carduetg.mid (4.8k) carduetg.pdf (51k) N/A
Little Fugue F. Carulli lil_fuge.nwc (1k) lil_fuge.mid (4.6k) lil_fuge.pdf (44k) N/A


The Mirror Duet

The "Der Spiegel" (The Mirror) piece below (attributed to Mozart, although there is no real proof) requires additional explanation. It is a true inverted retrograde, and is fascinating from this standpoint alone; read it right-side up for the violin I part, turn it upside-down for the Violin II part!

Werner Icking of GMD worked up a 'cello version of this, and I followed suit by working up a viola version. To keep the inverted retrograde quality, each version has to be in its own key: so, unfortunately, you can't have a sextet play it unless you don't mind it sounding really "modern" :)

In order to accomodate the viola's low range limit, I had to move a few notes. The piece is, however, still harmonically correct. The exercise revealed the inescapable conclusion that Mozart (or whoever) had way too much time on his hands.

In order to manage the upside-down clefs, etc. I had to export the PostScript files as bitmaps. This means that the screen display in GSview may show missing lines unless you set the screen resolution to 150 dpi. (This does not affect the quality of printed output at 300 dpi). Somewhat more visually appealing versions of the scores (with vector graphics) can be downloaded from Herr Icking's GMD site.

Work Instruments NWC Files Midi Files
(Type 1)
PDF Scores Text or .DOC
(info) Files
Violins mirr-vio.nwc mirr-vio.mid spiegel.pdf N/A
Spiegel (Mirror) Duet Violas mirr-vla.nwc mirr-vla.mid N/A N/A
'Cellos mirr-clo.nwc mirr-clo.mid N/A N/A

Guitar Studies

As time allows, I plan on sequencing and scoring some of my favourite guitar studies, especially those by Fernando Sor and Mauro Giuliani. To get the ball rolling, here's a few by Sor. Pains were taken to make the guitar sound as realistic as possible... let me know what you think!

Another one is Frank Bjorn's "Alley Cat", arranged with electric jazz guitar in mind, but certainly playable using any other type of guitar. It uses mostly "open" fingerings (very little barring required), and will be a fun and relatively easy study for intermediate guitarists. As indicated in the score, it is suggested that you capo your guitar to the third fret for a rich, bright sound. The midi or mp3 demo gives an idea of how I play it.

Work Composer NWC Files Midi Files
(Type 1)
PostScript Files
Other Files
new Study in B minor F. Sor sorst1bm.nwc (4k) sorst1bm.mid (7.5k) sorst_bm.pdf N/A
Study in C F. Sor sorst_c1.nwc (2.4k) sorst_c1.mid (7.5k) sorst_c1.pdf info (text 1K)
Study in G F. Sor sorst_g1.nwc (5.4k) sorst_g1.mid (8.8k) sorst_g1.pdf info (text 1K)
Study in E-flat F. Sor sorst_es.nwc (13k) sorst_es.mid (14k) sorst_es.pdf info (text 1K)
Alley Cat F. Bjorn alleycat.nwc (5k) alleycat.mid (8k) alleycat.pdf (49K) mp3 demo (995k)

Other Studies

Here is where you'll find other gems that don't quite qualify as "arrangements" (being as close as possible to the original) but don't really fit anywhere else.

Piano Quintett D.667, by Franz Schubert.
A work in progress (movements listed in order of completion)

4th movement: Tema con variazioni
The story goes that one of Schubert's friends was so enamored by his song "Die Forelle" (The Trout) that he talked him into working it into one of his chamber pieces. The result was the fourth movement of the piano quintet D.667. This is the quintessential theme-and-variations, and would make a good subject for this topic in music appreciation classes. Who's got the melody? What's everyone else doing? Now what's happening to the theme?

5th movement: Allegro giusto (Finale)
This bouncy little theme would make an excellent subject for chordal analysis. Why do the relatively remote chord changes "work" in this piece? A good example of Schubert's mastery of chord relationships, and his knack for weaving lovely melodies around them.

Work Composer NWC Files Midi Files
(Type 1)
PDF Files
D.667 #4 F. Schubert d667-4.nwc (17k) d667-4.mid (50k) Score
Violin,   Viola,   'Cello,   Contrabass,   Piano.
D.667 #5 F. Schubert Score & playing version (26k)
Parts version (27k)
Bright piano (60k)
Grand piano (60k)
Violin,   Viola,   'Cello,   Contrabass,   Piano.

NWC Scriptorium

Also check out the NWC Scriptorium for other work in NWC format by myself and many other talented contributors.

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This page last updated July 11, 2001.
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