Looking for fun Chamber Music

September 30, 2014 at 02:15 PM ·

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September 30, 2014 at 02:40 PM · Bill Thorpe here in London has done some great arrangements of fun themes, such as Tristan and Isolde. I've played a few with him a long time ago but can't remember who publishes them. (For string quartet).

September 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM · William Grant Still, Danzas de Panama are fun, short and effective.

September 30, 2014 at 05:01 PM ·

October 1, 2014 at 09:47 PM ·

October 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM · Phil Green's String Boogie, if you like that sort of thing.

Eine Kleine Beatlemusic (known to be by the late Fritz Spiegel).

October 2, 2014 at 04:52 AM · What you want is effectively the kind of things people assemble into a gig book, I think.

Considering starting with Leroy Anderson. The string orchestra arrangements can generally also be played by string quartet.

October 2, 2014 at 04:01 PM · Last Resort Publishing has a "Music For Four" series with all sorts of well arranged and interesting pieces.


October 2, 2014 at 06:50 PM · yup, my hard-core gigging friends rely a lot on Last Resort (which does have the Brandenburg 3 arrangement, I believe) and Latham Music:


October 7, 2014 at 08:36 PM · How about the theme to Fawlty Towers by Dennis Wilson? There's sheet music for a suite for string quartet - the directions alone are worth the read.

October 7, 2014 at 08:39 PM ·

October 11, 2014 at 04:16 PM · Have you considered Kabalevsky, Opus 39. I think that #5, A Game, could be lots of fun. Piano music, but Dimity will not mind.

October 13, 2014 at 03:43 PM · Gershwin's "Lullaby" is another fun one.



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October 13, 2014 at 05:16 PM · Michael McLean's "Six Tangos for String Quartet" are a lot of fun!

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October 13, 2014 at 07:09 PM · Hi Liz. If you're looking for contrast you could try a couple of Vitamin String Quartet arrangements. We recently picked up a couple, Wonderwall and Mr. Starlight -


Wonderwall is good as it's so well known, but it's heavy on viola so make sure your violist can carry a tune :) Starlight is a really nice arrangement of that Muse tune (I really like Muse), so I'd suggest that one -


Haydn Op 76 no. 2 is really fun and interesting I think you ensemble would really enjoy it -


October 13, 2014 at 07:16 PM ·

October 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM · As it only takes two to tango, four should do it with ease. Or maybe you can do two tangos.

Whatever you do, don't drink the stuff - It's deadly on your teeth, though not as bad as coke/pepsi (I tell people whom I expect to know a bit of chemistry that to make a molar solution all they need to do is just carry on drinking that coke) and those other drinks that have phosphoric acid as an ingredient.

October 16, 2014 at 08:48 PM · Hugo Wolf "Italian Serenade"

October 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM · But it's all Wolf notes!

October 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM · Tristesse- chopin

celebre reverie - Schumann

October 17, 2016 at 09:43 AM · Depending on the audience and the level of the players.... Hindemith wrote at least two humourous pieces for quartet - Militarminimax (a suite of short movements) and 'Overture to the Flying Dutchman as played at sight by a second-rate orchestra ..... at 7am ....'. The latter is hilarious if you know the original, but I suspect it's very difficult.

I've heard an arrangement of Copland's Ho-Down which was very effective but I don't know if it's published.

October 17, 2016 at 01:10 PM · Frank Bridge's "Miniatures" for piano trio are delightful. Playing them is kind of like picnicking on a perfect Spring day. I imagine listening to them is too.

October 17, 2016 at 01:10 PM · Frank Bridge's "Miniatures" for piano trio are delightful. Playing them is kind of like picnicking on a perfect Spring day. I imagine listening to them is too.

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