Bolero Arragned for Four Cellos

Here’s a treat sent to me by one of our LVSO cellists. I was wondering how someone could arrange Bolero for four cellos when the interest in the piece is mostly in the orchestration, but this arranger did a fantastic job!

Ravel’s Bolero arranged for cello quartet without skipping or cutting any bars! Arranged by James Barralet.


Woodwind Quintet

Currently I’m hard at work on a new woodwind quintet. I’ve never had the opportunity to write for this kind of ensemble before and am having a good time listening to all kinds of pieces by various composers. The woodwind quintet traditionally has the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon. Here are some of my favorite videos of the genre that I’ve discovered so far.

Jacques Ibert- Trois Pièces for Woodwind Quintet

Laurie Baefsky- flute; Kendra Hawley- oboe; Chester Howard- clarinet; Rachel Koeth- bassoon; Amr Selim, horn – all doctoral students.
Performance was May 5, the Lauren V. Ackerman Memorial Chamber Concert.
The quintet was co-winner of the 2012 Ackerman Competition at Stony Brook University, NY.

Tico Tico – Zequinha de Abreu (arr. for woodwind quintet)

Musicians of the World Wind Quintet:

flaut – Catherine Church
oboi – Keiko Otani
corn – Aurelian Martin
fagot – Linda Rand
clarinet – Radu Covaciu

Concert de Florii
Biserica Sfântul Dimitrie Cel Nou din Montreal
28 aprilie 2013

Elliott Carter – Woodwind Quintet (1948)

Flute, Kelley Barnett
Oboe, Asako Furuoya
Clarinet, John Hong
Horn, Mateusz Jagiello
Bassoon, Joshua Luty

Feb. 27th, 2013
Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall
Lynn Conservatory of Music
Boca Raton, FL

György Ligeti ( 1923-2006), Six Bagatelles for Woodwind Quintet

I. Allegro con spirito
II. Rubato. Lamentoso
III. Allegro grazioso
IV. Presto ruvido
V. Adagio. Mesto — Belá Bartók in memoriam
VI. Molto vivace. Capriccioso

Dora Seres, flute
Egils Upatnieks, oboe
Egīls Šēfers, clarinet
David M.A.P. Palmquist, horn
Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen, bassoon

Recorded in Mogens Dahl Concert Hall in Copenhagen
Video by Jānis Vingris, Eho Filma.

Carl Nielsen – Quintet op. 43. CARION

Denmark’s best known woodwind quintet CARION celebrates Denmark’s best known composer’s 150th anniversary with this brand new recording his masterpiece – Quintet op. 43

Recorded in Carlsberg Museum (Old Glyptothek), Copenhagen

LVSO Members Night Out

Many thanks to the LVSO members who volunteered to play for the first annual Sacred Art Show at St Peter and St Paul Church last Saturday! Five of us got together to play for the hundreds of guests who attended the event. We jammed on a variety of Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical music. One of our musicians, Deanna Rae (cello) is also a local artist and had pieces in the show as well. You can see her art below and on her website at We hope to play at more events like this one in the future!

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IMG_4678From left to right: Danielle Rosaria, violin, Bernice Greenstein, violin, Nataly Kalbakji, violin, Deanna Rae, cello, and Joshua Williams, tuba

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