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The Melodious Cellist - 2 volumes of cello duets


WORKS FOR SOLO CELLO
Title Level Duration Price
Annís Allemande, Steve Laven   listen Advanced4 minutes
$5.00
  A somber, reflective piece in the style of a baroque allemande
Moon Over Jenny Lake, Steve Laven   listen Intermediate 3 minutes
$5.00
  Inspired by the beautiful mountain lake in the Grand Teton Range, filled with shimmering sounds at sunset
Suite for Solo Cello, Steve Laven Intermediate 24 minutes
$12.00
  In C Major, the six movements are modeled after Bachís first Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. The dance movements are: Prelude, for Emily, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourrees 1 and 2, Gigue
State of Confusion, Steve Laven Advanced 4 minutes
$8.00
  Written in the style of Mark Summer's "Julie-O," this piece has a laid back feel with challenging aspects. It begins with an extended pizzicato section, morphs into a faster circle of fifths cycle, then modulates and returns to arco. A fun ride and worth the effort!

WORKS FOR TWO CELLI
Title Level Duration Price
Teton Portraits for Two Celli, Steve LavenIntermediate3 - 4 minutes each
$16.00
  Ten duos for two celli, inspired by the Grand Teton mountains. All are equally split between melody and accompaniment duties, are tuneful and often rhythmically challenging. Suitable for lessons or performances.
Snake River Stomp , Steve Laven listen Intermediate 5 minutes
$10.00

  Written for graduating seniors from Jackson, Wyoming High School, it is a rondo form with a joyous, western feel.

Legacy, Steve Laven    
$3.00
 Written for 2 celli or viola and cello (parts included)

WORKS FOR THREE CELLI
Title Level Duration Price
A Blue Cello, Steve Laven Advanced Beginner 2.5 minutes
$6.00
score & parts
  Get into the groove with the pizzicato bass line in cello two which sets the mood for this bluesy piece. Stretch back your first finger in cello one and listen to the effect of the Bb. Isn't it great how the cello can play so many different characters?
Theme from Black Lake, Steve Laven Easy Intermediate 2 minutes
$6.00
$8.00
VC 2 part and score
complete trio
  I wrote this theme on a family fishing trip in northern Saskatchewan. Our First Nation guides shared their expertise and culture with us, inspiring this melody. After a while I couldn't stop humming it as we motored around the lake. Black Lake Theme and Bouncing on Black Lake are meant to be perfomed together in a segue. The cello 2 part, available as a spearate purchase, can be used with The Melodious Cello, Volume 1.
Bouncing on Black Lake, Steve Laven Easy Intermediate 3 minutes
$8.00
$10.00
VC 2 part and score
complete trio
  Our fishing guides warned us that a wind could come up in the afternoon if we fished the far western edge of the lake, but we wanted to try anyway. Sure enough, it did and we had a long, bumpy ride hone after a great day of fishing! Black Lake Theme and Bouncing on Black Lake are meant to be perfomed together in a segue. The cello 2 part, available as a spearate purchase, can be used with The Melodious Cello, Volume 1.
Bourree, Hasse/Laven Advanced Beginner 2 minutes
$4.00
$6.00
VC 2 part and score
complete trio
  Melodic hooked bowings, terraced dynamics, intricate ensemble work and a fourth position shift with trill are featured in this stately piece.
Chromatic Rag, Steve Laven Intermediate 4 minutes
$10.00
score & parts
  This fun jaunt in ragtime style gives players an opportunity to play chromatic melodies from half position on up. Very equal parts one and two, part three adds bass line and counter rhythms. A bit different than the duet, download score and three parts.
Gavotte, Lully/Laven Beginner 2 minutes
$8.00
score & parts
  Very equal and playable parts feature easy slurs, a first position extension and a c string melody. Download score and three parts: different part distribution than the duet.
Ol' Black Joe, Traditional/Laven Advanced Beginner 2 minutes
$6.00
$8.00
VC 3 part and score
complete trio
  Can be played with the duet from Melodious Cellist, Vol. 1. Fun 16ths - the kids love this one!
Stargazing, Steve Laven Intermediate 4 minutes
$9.00
score & parts
  The simple theme is introduced then transforms into a watltz, transitions into a bit of an Irish serenade and ends in a march-like mood, accompanied by cello one in thumb position. Please note that this arrangement is at an easier level than the duet in The Melodious Cello, Volume 2. It is in G and C major, and does not go up into thumb position. So it is not playable with the duet and you must download the complete score and parts. It is ideal for students in Suzuki book 4 and 5.
Snake River Stomp, Steve Laven  listen Int - Avd 5 minutes
$15.00
score & parts
  Cello I is mostly in treble clef and is advanced; Cello 2 and 3 are intermediate. A fun piece, full of western feel!

WORKS FOR FOUR CELLI
Title Level Duration Price
"A Barnraising", Steve Laven  listen Advanced 6 minutes
$25.00
score & parts
  Written in Jackson Hole while witnessing a construction project, this rhythmically compelling piece has motives reminiscent of pneumatic equipment, soaring osprey and ends with a funky Hoe-down!

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcgHjNLX43w

"Andante", Scriabin Int - Adv 3 minutes
$10.00
score & parts
  From the Piano Prelude in c# minor, Op. 11, No. 10, the melody this brooding piece lies well on the top cello voice and the others play important, supporting roles.
"Gavotte and Musette" - Lully Advanced 5 minutes
$10.00
score & parts
  A more advanced arrangement than the "Melodious Cellist" Vol. 1 version, this includes the contrasting minor Musette.
"I Saw Her Standing There", Lennon/McCartney Advanced 3 minutes

  A crowd favorite, this is pure energy! A great closer or encore. Features include a bouncy bass part in cello 4 and composed solos for Cellos 1 AND 2.

"Yesterday", Lennon/McCartney Intermediate 3 minutes

  This arrangement of the popular ballad, beginning in C major, ending in F, features equal melodic opportunities and a bit of easy motivic development.

"Standchen - Serenade", Schubert/Laven Advanced 3 minutes
$12.00
score & parts

  From his posthumous collection of songs, Schwanengesangen, this popular melody is a poignant example of Schubert's lyric greatness. Highlights are frequent major/minor tonality shifts as well as expressive chances for the three upper parts.

"Prelude", Bach Advanced 4 minutes
$10.00
score & parts
  From J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Calvier Book 1, BWV 849. Parts one and two are consistently high, three and four medium and low.
"Prelude", Shostakovich/Laven Advanced 3 minutes
$10.00
score & parts

  Originally for two violins and piano, this work is full of pathos. Briefly interrupted by a waltz, the lush melody returns, with the two cellos soaring high, before a peaceful landing back in b minor.

"Nocturne, Opus 19, No. 4", Tchaikovsky/Laven Advanced 3 minutes
$12.00
score & parts

  Originally for piano, this tender melody can now be sustained and passed around among the four players. Very equal parts are featured in this arrangement of Fitzenhagen's popular cello/piano version.

"I Want to Hold Your Hand", Lennon & McCartney/Laven Intermediate 4 minutes
  Your students will love this bouncy Beatles favorite and can easily handle the modulation in the middle.
"Fort Stockton Bound", Steve Laven Int - Adv 3 minutes
$12.00
score & parts
 An original work inspired by a road trip fro the Grand Canyon through west Texas to Houston. Full of fun, it has a bluegrass feel and a feeling of suspense built in. Perfect for the middle school cello quartet! The rhythms are snappy and compelling, easy to put together and "cool" sounding - the kids will love it! The top part is in mostly tenor clef. A bit easier than the Fort Stockton duet versoion in the "Melodious Cellist" Vol. 1.
"Preludio from Sonata in d minor", Corelli Intermediate 4 minutes
$12.00
  From his popular and lovely Sonata in d minor, this quartet arrangement has Cello 1 playing the solo part with the piano part spread between the other three celli.

WORKS FOR SIX CELLI
Title Level Duration Price
"Can't Buy Me Love", Lennon & McCartney/Laven Intermediate 4 minutes
  This bouncy, suave version is sure to be a hit. All parts very accessible.
"Celli Meet the Beatles", Lennon & McCartney/Laven Intermediate 12 minutes
  This medley includes "A Hard Day's Night", "Michelle", and "I Saw Her Standing There". Michelle provides a nice contrast to the hard driving rhythm of the other two.

WORKS FOR STRING ORCHESTRA
Title Level Duration Price
"Snake River Stomp", Steve Laven  listen Med - Adv 4:11 minutes
$50.00
score & parts

  http://www.jwpepper.com/10069419.item

"Cello Boogie", Steve Laven Med - Easy 3:21 minutes
$45.00
score & parts

  http://www.jwpepper.com/10089693.item

"A Barnraising", Steve Laven  listen Advanced 6 minutes
$30.00
score & parts

  Written in Jackson Hole while witnessing a construction project, this rhythmically compelling piece has motives reminiscent of pneumatic equipment, soaring osprey and ends with a funky Hoe-down!

"Westward Odyssey", Steve Laven  listen Intermediate 8.5 minutes
$30.00
score & parts

  This piece was chosen as Honorable Mention" in the 2007 Merle J. Isaac composition Competition sponsored by ASTA. A descriptive musical journey which includes depictions of fluttering aspen leaves (the opening tremolos and melody), the Missouri River (the extended 5/4 section), skipping stones (the "slur-pizz." technique in the cello) and sunset (cello solo accompanied by string flutters), you will enjoy the ride. It features interesting parts for every player, from string principal solos to a lively bass part.

"Prelude No. 2", Gershwin/Laven Intermediate 4 minutes
$20.00
score & parts

  Written in New York in 1926, Gershwin's three Preludes perfectly capture the spirit of the jazz age. All originally written for the piano, the second Prelude is a mellow, blues-inflected lullaby, making it a particularly good fit for the blended sonorities of the string orchestra.

"Black Lake Bounce", Steve Laven Intermediate 8 minutes
$30.00
score & parts
  This original composition was written while on a fishing trip in northern Saskatchewan. Sound pictures such as buzzing mosquitos, soaring eagles and a very bouncy boat ride make this piece memorable. Includes unique sections in 7/8 and 10/8.
"Starting from Scratch", Steve Laven Intermediate 8 minutes
$30.00
score & parts
  An original piece celebrating the string teacher! It starts off with easy call and response pizzicato, the beginning string teacher, and travels through mixed meters, fast scale work and ends with a fiddle-style melody fdeaturing violin I and viola.
"Yesterday", Lennon & McCartney/Laven Intermediate 8 minutes

WORKS FOR STRING QUARTET
Title Level Duration Price
"A Barnraising", Steve Laven  listen Advanced 6 minutes
$25.00
score & parts

 Written in Jackson Hole while witnessing a construction project, this rhythmically compelling piece has motives reminiscent of pneumatic equipment, soaring osprey and ends with a funky Hoe-down!

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcgHjNLX43w

"Away in a Manger", arr. Steve Laven Intermediate 4 minutes
$15.00
score & parts

  A simple, rustic version of one of the most beloved Christmas Carols.


TRIOS FOR VIOLIN, CELLO, AND BASS
Title Level Duration Price
"Angry Water", Steve Laven    
$20.00
score & parts
  A musical depiction of a whitewater raft trip, this piece twists and turns, giving each player a chance at the melody and getting after each time.
"Andante & Fugue from Violin Sonata No. 2 in a minor", Bach/Laven    
$20.00
score & parts
  This arrangement brings out all the voices of Bach's masterpiece adding clarity. This also gives the bass a nicely challenging part.
"Black Lake Bounce", Steve Laven    
$20.00
score & parts
  This original composition was written while on a fishing trip in northern Saskatchewan. Sound pictures such as buzzing mosquitos, soaring eagles and a very bouncy boat ride make this piece memorable. Includes unique sections in 7/8 and 10/8.
"Snake River Stomp", Steve Laven    
$20.00
score & parts
  Written for graduating seniors from Jackson, Wyoming High School, it is a rondo form with a joyous, western feel.
"A Barnraising", Steve Laven    
$20.00
score & parts
  Written in Jackson Hole while witnessing a construction project, this rhythmically compelling piece has motives reminiscent of pneumatic equipment, soaring osprey and ends with a funky Hoe-down!
"Five Miniatures", Sulkhan Tsintsadze/Laven     Indi-Mindi, Lale, Sachidao, Melody, The Little Master    
$20.00
score & parts
  These charming Georgian folk pieces were written by the cellist of the Georgian State String Quartet, but also work well for trio.
"Simple Gifts", Copland/Laven    
$20.00
score & parts
  This iconic American piece is always a crowd favorite.
"Prelude No. 2", Gershwin/Laven    
$20.00
score & parts
  Written in New York in 1926, Gershwin's three Preludes perfectly capture the spirit of the jazz age. All originally written for the piano, the second Prelude is a mellow, blues-inflected lullaby, making it a particularly good fit for the blended sonorities of the string orchestra.
"Alpenglow", Steve Laven    
$20.00
score & parts
  Celebrates the end of a gorgeous day in Jackson, WY, with the setting sun reflected on the peaks.
"Hidden Falls", Steve Laven    
$20.00
score & parts
  This jazzy piece starts with a melodic rivulet and develops into rhythmic waterfall.

MISCELLANEOUS DUOS
Title Level Duration Price
"Soaring", Steve Laven    
$3.00
score & parts
  A beautiful duo for violin or flute and cello or bass.
"Grant Them Peace", Steve Laven    
$10.00
score & parts
  A piece commemorating the Sandy Hook victims.
 

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