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Brooke K. Green, whose "Shades of Presence Past" we published last year, has composed seven settings of poetry by the Australian Dorothy Porter, for soprano and viol consort (treble, tenor, bass and 7-string bass viols: one setting adds a second tenor viol). Porter's poetry was strong, direct and passionate, as is Brooke's music; "Emerald Elixirs", CV018: Score & parts, available July 2015 - some of the settings can be heard on CD (Tall Poppies TP233)The 17th Century composer, Samuel Capricornus, was the author of a number of pious works, among them this Passion music "Ein Lammlein" for two sopranos, four viols (two trebles, tenor, and bass) and figured basso continuo. His music was highly praised by his contemporary Heinrich Schutz: edited by David Fenton, Margaret Panofsky, and Kent Underwood. (on CD: Teares of the Muses: 2011) B058: Score and Parts, $25.00
The four volumes, whose covers are shown here, comprise settings for solo harpsichord of the six Suites for solo cello and the Partita for solo flute by J.S. Bach. The settings, by Winsome Evans of Sydney, Australia, of the cello suites are based on the principal source, the copy by Anna Magdalena Bach, supplemented by the copy by Peter Kellner. The suites are provided with embellished reprises by the editor, in the style exemplified by the composer in his own "agréments" in the English Suites, Goldberg Variations, and other works. B059; Cello Suites I & II set for Harpsichord: Score, $30.00.The editor and arranger, Winsome Evans, provides the embellished reprises as examples to the modern harpsichordist, with the proviso that he or she is encouraged to devise original reprises, as was suggested in writings by Bach's contemporaries. Volume 2 includes Suites III & IV; B060, Score: $35.00
Volume 3 of our edition includes Evans' harpsichord settings of the cello Suites V and VI. Each volume includes a preface common to all three of the "cello" volumes together with explanations appropriate to each suite, and a textural commentary relating principally to matters concerning the keyboard player. Volume 3, B061; Score, $35.00.The fourth volume contains Winsome Evans' setting of the Flute Partita, BWV 1013. As with some of the cello suite transcriptions, transposition has been necessary to accommodate the higher tessitura of the flute to the harpsichord. Volume 4, B062; Score: $20.00
The fantasias and pavans of John Jenkins are among the most keenly played pieces for viol consort players. The consorts in 4, 5, and 6 parts have always been popular, and accessible. Less familiar is the later, superb series of 27 fantasies and a pavan for three viols. Set for treble and two virtuosic bass viols, most of them require the accompaniment of an organ, which plays introductory and connecting solo passages. Our new edition is an arrangement for treble, tenor and bass viols of 23 of the fantasies and the pavan with the bass viols' high tessitura passages allotted to the tenor viol, and with the bass viol taking over the (no less gratifying) bass viols' low tessiture. The organ's solo music is incorporated into the three viols. VC089; Three part set: $35.00. (Description continued to the right)By allotting most of the organ's accompanying function to the viols, this arrangement, while not a substitute for the original setting, will allow Jenkins fans to continue their relationship with the composer's work, without the requirement for organ or organist. The tenor viol part can also be played by an ambitious bass player. For the first time PRB has ventured into the world of barless editions. With the assistance from carefully placed "rehearsal" letters at cadences, barless devotees can enjoy the long phrases of these fantasies, unbroken by ties and barlines; VC089B, Three-part, alternative barless set: $35.00
Our two editions of seasonal music for recorder quartet assembled and edited by Peter Seibert have been very successful. Now comes the third in this series, the Suite No. 2 on Early Carol Tunes and Wassails, for SATB recorders. The settings are based on melodies from the Middle Ages or early Renaissance. CC082; Score & parts, $20.00.Susan Potter's first published composition is a Suite for two bass viols. As might be expected from her training as a musicologist, the suite is reminiscent of 17th Century viol music, employing imitation and more modern rhythmic and harmonic elements. In four movements; CC081, Two playing scores: $8.00
Harold Owen has composed a modern trio sonata, using forces familiar to Baroque aficionados: alto and tenor recorders with keyboard (harpsichord or piano). Good alternative instruments for the recorder parts could be flute or oboe and violin (or another flute or oboe). CI035; Score & parts, $12.00.François Roberday published this set of 12 Fugues et Caprices in 1660, for organ, but also designated for four viols. They were, in fact, set out on 4 separate staves, as were similar works by Froberger and Frescobaldi. The Caprices use themes from the Fugues, usually modified rhythmically with lively syncopations. Suggested viols for these pieces are treble, treble or tenor, tenor and bass. Edited by Elizabeth Macdonald. CV016, Score and parts: $35.00
Much of the contemporary music for viols has been composed for consorts of three or more instruments. Martha Bishop, seeking to rectify the lack of modern music for solo viols, has composed a prelude and fugue for solo treble, a "trope" on the In Nomine theme for solo tenor, and a challenging piece (Hijaz) for solo seven-string bass viol. More information in our online catalog under "Contemporary Viol Music:" CI034, $8.00In the fall of 2013, Michael Senturia's vocal group "Coro d'Amici" presented a program of his compositions, many of them written for the group. It was an impressive and moving occasion. Now we have the honor of publishing five of these pieces, for a cappella groups of from 4 to 10 voices. More information under "Contemporary Vocal Music" in the online catalog. CV016, Score: $15.00
Sarah Mead's new composition for five viols (2 trebles, tenor, and 2 basses) combines the timeless In nomine theme with her own fantasia, to give a widely admired piece which is being played shortly in Australia, and was enjoyed at a recent gamba workshop. CC080: Score & parts, $9.00Tobi Szuts has transcribed a second helping of challenging and satisfying music by Froberger: the collection includes a Canzon, two Ricercars, and three Fantasias, one of them on the hexachord. All for viol quartet (clefs for treble, two tenors and bass). VC086, Score and parts: $26.00
Christopher M. Wicks is a composer living in Oregon. These two sonatinas were composed for the doucaine and piano. The doucaine is an early tenor oboe, but its range permits these pieces to be played on tenor or bass recorder, any size viol, viola or cello, or clarinet or bass clarinet. The Piano part can be played on harpsichord or fortepiano if the recorder or viol is used, CI033; score and parts in appropriate clefs: $20.00Little is known of John Moss, except that he succeeded John Jenkins (d. 1678) as a member of the King's Music: the 26 suites of his "Lessons for the Base-[sic] Viol are in French Lute tablature, familiar to most viol players. We are issuing the suites grouped by tuning of the lyra-viol. Volume I includes the four suites with the viol tuned to ffeff, the standard bass gamba tuning: each suite comprises four dances. A separate part contains the "thorough bass," and the score includes the tablature part in staff notation. No page turns for the lyra-viol! VC085A, Score and parts: $21.00
These Eight Preludes and Fugues, although included in the Schmieder catalog of J.S. Bach's works, have been attributed to other composers, including Krebs (father and son). The fugues sound excellent on viols, and we have published them under a provisional title, for viol quartet (treble, tenor, tenor/bass, bass). Find them in the Online Catalog under "Collections" (hint: you may find other composers hiding under this blanket description); VC084: Score & parts, $18.00Mozart (was it Mozart?) composed this duet for bassoon and cello, and it has been arranged for a number of duos: Elizabeth Macdonald has arranged it for two bass viols, together with the famous Duet for viola and cello (and two obbligato eyeglasses) by Beethoven, for the same combination. CL019, Score and parts: $20.00
Brooke Green, winner of the 2013 Traynor competition (Viola da Gamba Society of America) for her composition "The Shades" (VdGSA Edn. T21) makes her PRB debut with "Shades of Presence Past", four movements for viol quartet; CC079: Score & parts, $15.00."...at Mr. [Arnold] Dolmetsch's viol concerts...the most significant feature of the old English music was its identity...with the best music of Brahms." - G.B. Shaw, 1894. There's new interest in arrangements of Brahms' organ chorale preludes among viol players and arrangers this year: our edition of all 11 preludes for 3 to 6 viols is still available after 16 years; VC032: Score and Parts, $32.00


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