Shorter Pieces for Violin and Piano
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Shorter Pieces for Violin and Piano

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This volume contains all of the shorter pieces for violin and piano, comprising new editions of 'Chinese Puzzle' and 'Midsummer Moon' and the first publication of 'Lullaby', all edited from materials from Clarke's personal library.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 230 x 305 x 2mm | 91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0193868628
  • 9780193868625

Table of contents

Lullaby ; Chinese Puzzle ; Midsummer Moonshow more

Review quote

Clarke wrote only two substantial works, but many of her miniatures are perfectly formed gems. Of the three works in this publication, Midsummer Moon is easily the most effective, atmospheric and brooding. It is also by far the most difficult. Lullaby is much simpler... the violin part could be managed by a Grade 4-5 pupil... Chinese Puzzle is to be played pizzicato throughout... and as such would make a good study in this technique for a Grade 3+ pupil; it is fun to play, and would make an unusual encore piece. * Matthew Jones, Music Teacher September 2007 * This haunting sultry melody [Lullaby] of limited compass, lying low in the violin register, is supported by an oscillating and hypnotic piano part, heightening the restrictive and channelled expressive scope, and evoking a feeling of post-Great War numbness. Midsummer Moon is the technical tour de force of this collection, mimicking the mesmerising song of a nightingale on a hot summer night. * Michael Schofield, Sheet Music Review May 07 *show more

About Rebecca Clarke

Rebecca Clarke was born in Harrow in 1886 and died in New York City in 1979. She was one of the finest viola players of her day and a skilful composer who studied with Stanford at the Royal College of Music in London. Her output as a composer was small, comprising about 90 works, but all these pieces are brilliant and powerful. Her Piano Trio and Viola Sonata are often played and recorded, and are now widely regarded as masterpieces. However her songs are perhaps her finest body of works, and embrace a variety of styles from Blakean simplicity to brutal tragedy and outright farce. Rebecca Clarke's choral music was virtually unknown until Oxford University Press began to publish these works for the first time. She wrote for chorus and other vocal ensembles throughout virtually her whole career, from her earliest attempts at composition around 1906 to her final flowering in the 1940s, revising and recomposing until as late as 1976.show more