Sheet music and demo recording for my arrangement of O'Carolan's famous composition, 'O'Carolan's Concerto'.
The story behind this piece is that Carolan wrote it as a response to Francesco Geminiani, an Italian violinist and composer who was visiting Dublin. There are various different accounts of what happened, the most dramatic which suggest that Carolan spontaneously produced this piece after hearing Geminiani play a Vivaldi concerto at a dinner, and the violinist challenging him to play something as brilliant. In any case, it's a playful piece and a little more challenging to get under the fingers than some of the others. My harmony parts are also slightly trickier, so it makes a good "show-off" piece - especially the violin 2 part.
I've made lots of arrangements for violin trio, and this new arrangement extends that idea, as it's in four parts. You can still use this arrangement to play in a violin duet or trio, as with my other arrangements, but this one is a bit more versatile as it also has a cello part, and the third violin part could be played on a viola - which means it could be played by a string quartet, or violin and cello duet, violin and viola duet, or any combination in between.
I've also included chords on the score, as with my other arrangements, but in this one I haven't recorded them on the piano like I normally do as I think the harmonies can be heard more clearly without it, now there's a cello laying down the bass line.
The scores you'll get with this download are:
* Violin trio, plus cello
* Violin trio, plus the cello part transposed up an octave and in alto clef for viola
* Regular string quartet - two violins, viola and cello
Between them these scores should cover most possibilities in a string group, but if you do need another version of this score just get in touch via www.georgianettleton.com/contact.php
and let me know.
You can browse a directory of my other celtic string arrangements at www.georgianettleton.com/celtic-sheet-music.php
released June 28, 2015