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Easy Quartets

with optional combinations of instruments

score and parts

Selected, transcribed and edited by Zempléni László
Setting: Flexible ensemble, Mixed Chamber Quartet, String Quartet, Wind Quartet
Instrumentation: I - vl/fl/ob/vibr., II - vl/fl/ob/vibr., cl in Sib, III - vl/vibr., vla, cl in Sib, IV - vlc/fg/marimba
Series: Ad libitum
Genre: Pedagogical performance pieces
Length: 76 pages
Format: 23 x 30,2 cm (Bach)
Weight: 0.305 kg
Published: April 2013
Publisher: Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó
Item number: 14849
ISMN: 9790080148495
The volumes in this new series contain duos, trios and quartets, their degree of difficulty ranging from easy through intermediate to advanced. Every piece is a transcription or an arrangement, since in editing the volumes our primary concern was to provide a collection of valuable and interesting compositions, as freely variable as possible as regards instrumentation, for music school students and also for adults who make music for their own pleasure. The range and pitch of the parts enable the works to be performed on any required or possible combination of the given instruments.

In the Easy quartets volume, in addition to independent movements a number of works can be found that can be performed together to form suites. Thus from short movements that can also be used separately cycles may be formed which can enliven a little domestic concert, an instrument demonstration or the programme of a performance for a festive occasion. Besides sequences of Renaissance dances, arrangements of Bach chorales, choral works and classical dances, the varied content also includes Romantic movements suitable for enjoyable domestic music-making.


Gervaise, Claude: Three dances (Bransle, Almande, Bransle gay)(Troisieme livre de danceries, 1556)
Waissel, Matthäus: Three Polish dances (Tabulatura alerley künstlicher Preambulen..., 1591)
Rossi, Salamone: Sinfonia (Il primo libro delle sinfonie et gagliarde, 1607)
Albert, Heinrich: Song ('Die Lust hat mich gezwungen')
Schmikerer, Josef Abraham: Menuet (Suite - Ouverture - No. 5, Zodiaci musici, 1698)
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Two choralies ('Werde munter, mein gemüte', BWV 55, No. 5, 'Hast du denn, Jesu dein Angesicht', BWV 57, No.8)
Schulz, Johann Abraham Peter: New year song ('Das Jahres letzte Stunde')
Two Hungarian dances from the 18th century (Linus Dance Collection, arr. by L. Zempléni)
Beethoven, Ludwig van: German dance (12 deutsche Tänze, WoO 13, No. 10)
Silcher, Friedrich: Two German folk songs ('Das Lieben bringt gross Freud', 'Die drei Röselein')
Schubert, Franz: Three dances (Valse noble, 12 Valses nobles, D 969, Nr.1, Ecossaise, 8 Ecossaises, D 529, Nr. 2,
Deutscher Tanz, 12 deutsche Tänze, D 420, Nr. l)
Schumann, Robert: A chorale (Album für die Jugend, Op. 68, Nr. 4)
Berens, Hermann: Allegro (50 Piano Pieces for Beginners, Op. 70, No. 45)
Humperdinck, Engelbert: Evening song ('Es ist so still geworden')
Majkapar, Samuel: In the garden (Biriulki, Op. 28, No. 1)
Ad libitum
The main draw of the "Ad libitum" series, per its title, is that it’s full of a variety of pieces which can be performed using flexible instrumentations so that string, woodwind, and percussion instrumentalists can freely enjoy collective music making together.
Mixed Chamber Duo, String Duo, Duos for Wind Instruments, Violins
Flexible ensemble, Mixed Chamber Trio, String Trio, Wind Trio
Flexible ensemble, Mixed Chamber Quartet, String Quartet, Wind Quartet
Mixed Chamber Duo, String Duo, Duos for Wind Instruments
Mixed Chamber Trio, String Trio, Wind Trio
Mixed Chamber Quartet, String Quartet, Wind Quartet
Mixed Chamber Duo, String Duo, Duos for Wind Instruments
Mixed Chamber Trio, String Trio, Wind Trio
Mixed Chamber Quartet, String Quartet, Wind Quartet
Chamber Music with Voice, Chamber Music for Mixed Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Music for Mixed Ensemble, Mixed Chamber Duo, Mixed Chamber Trio, Mixed Chamber Quartet
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