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Cello Trios and Quartets

Cello Trios
Minuets I and II in G - Bach/Hall
Difficulty: MD  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 20732101  
These two minuets were composed by Bach as piano pieces for his wife Anna Magdalena. Each minuet can be performed separately or as companions, or in ABA form. Parts 2 and 3 are only of medium difficulty, but part 1 requires considerable facility in high positions, with the top range up to high B. Fingerings will need to be carefully worked out.

Spiritual Snippets - Hall, arr.
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 20732103  
This three and a half minute trio for three cellos includes short “snippets” of five familiar spirituals (Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, O Mary Don’t You Weep, I Want to Be Ready, Steal Away and Little David, Play on Your Harp). Position playing is essential in the first part and advantageous in the other two parts. The tessitura is in a range where the cellos sound like a male chorus. There are frequent key, meter, tempo and stylistic changes which offer excellent small ensemble experience. Rhythms are quite independent and keys are G, D and A major. This trio helps fill a void in small ensemble literature for cellos.

Rule,Britannia - Arne/Hall
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 20732102  
Britannia was a name given to the British Isles by the Romans during their occupation in the 1st century AD. This familiar song was composed during the 18th century telling of national pride largely due to its invincible navy. The song should be played in a martial manner with strong bow strokes to capture this spirit. The first part requires some facility in higher positions, and knowledge of positions is advisable in the other two parts as well. The key is G major and the duration is just over 2 minutes.

Cello Quartets
Stephen Foster’s Ladies - Foster/Hall
Difficulty: MD  OMEA Class: A  Publ. Code: 20733102  
Stephen Collins Foster composed over 175 songs that are considered America’s folk songs. Two of his best known and loved songs are both named after ladies - Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair, and O Susanna - the later becoming the gold rush song as it dates to the 1849 era in American history. These two pieces compliment and contrast each other. Position playing is essential in all parts. The first part lies in the high range, ending on a high B natural. Parts are rhythmically independent, and lyrical playing is essential to do justice to Jeannie. This is a great addition to cello ensemble literature.

Songs of Joy - Spohr/Hall
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 20733101  
Included are two contrasting songs, both expressing joy. Proudly As The Eagle was composed by Louis Spohr , a 19th century German composer, and Vive L’amour (saluting love of life) is an old college song. Both pieces require a marcato style to express the joy the titles imply. Position playing in essential in all parts. Songs are in 4/4 and 6/8 meters and both are in D major. Independent rhythmic reading is essential. Bowings and dynamics are clearly marked to assist in preparation. Make the cellos sound like virile male voices to make the performance a success.

“OMEA Class” refers to the assigned difficulty rating on the Ohio Music Educators Association Required List.

Sound samples are provided for some of the arrangements on this site. These are produced as MP3 files, with links noted after those arrangements for which they are available. Many also provide a "short MP3" alternative for those with slower, dial-up connections. While all sound samples are fairly compact, the shorter versions will typically download four to five times faster than their fuller counterparts.

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