This piece is my own original composition, a tune called "Farewell to Nantwich". The melody was written during a canal boat holiday a few years ago, during which we stopped to have some food at a pub in the town of Nantwich and found a brilliant folk session going on. (I ran back to the boat to collect my fiddle, and stayed the rest of the night!) The tune was written on board the boat when we set off again next morning.
This is a three-two hornpipe, which is a dance-form from northern England. Some people find the rhythm of a three-two to be a bit strange and difficult to get into to begin with, if they're unfamiliar with them, but once you get used to the stompy, slow three-time feel, they're great tunes to play.
It's arranged in four part harmony. It can be used as a duet, trio, string quartet or with larger groups.
In the demo recording I play the tune once on its own, then with part 3, and then all four parts at once. You can choose which parts to play when, and make your own arrangements with the harmonies as you prefer.
With this download, you'll receive sheet music scores in a variety of formats:
* string quartet
* violin trio with cello
* violin trio with viola (cello part transcribed up an octave)
Each score also includes chords for an accompanist, e.g. guitar or piano.
This makes them versatile as you can use the harmony parts with different groups of instruments, from a violin duet or violin and cello duet (for example) up to a large string ensemble.
By picking different parts, you can play them on any of the following instrument combinations:
* Violin duet
* Violin trio
* Violin trio and cello
* Violin duet and cello
* Violin and cello
* Violin trio and viola
* Violin duet and viola
* Violin and viola
* Two violins and two violas
* String quartet
You'll also receive recordings:
* The demo recordings of the different harmony parts as heard above
* "Practise mixes". These are recordings with each harmony part turned up in the mix, and the tune turned down, which can be helpful to people who learn mostly by ear.
I have lots more harmony arrangements of traditional and celtic music available on my website:
released March 6, 2016