Fernando the Bull (El toro Fernando)

December 19, 2006 at 12:20 AM · Does anyone know where to get a copy of the sheet music for "El toro Fernando" for solo violin and narrator, by Alain Ridout ?

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December 29, 2006 at 05:16 PM · The Ridout has “Copyright 1974 by Chappell & Co. Ltd. 50 New Bond Street, London, W.1 on the front page and “Printed by Symphony Reproductions Ltd., 1 Langley Lane, London, S.W. 8 on the back page. The violinists here who have played it agree that it is difficult and does not always lie well for the violin. The narration is great fun!

A U.S.dealer lists the Chappell publication as POP but does have a listing from DMD Classic #


December 29, 2006 at 05:44 PM · Ridout - Ferdinand the Bull, is on a print-on-demand basis (Music Valut Archive) which here in the UK, is done by Faber Music. It is still available through most of the music retailers.

January 1, 2007 at 08:34 AM · I just acquired the Kremer Philips CD of Ferdinand the Bull. It's really great fun.

January 4, 2007 at 05:29 PM · Thank you. It does seem to be available from Faber Music - once I got the title right.

Now all that remains is to learn to play it.

January 4, 2007 at 09:28 PM · I saw Maxim Vengerov perform this piece in Montreal last winter as an encore (after playing Mozart No. 4). I must say that he had truly captivated the audience especially since he's a true crowd-pleaser! I felt that it was just as important to be a good narrator with a lot of character as it was to perform well. Indeed, Vengerov was both!

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