Max Bruch (1838-1920) was captivated by folklore and
folk songs which became the inspiration for some of his
best known works, including Kol nidrei and Scottish
Fantasy. The 'Eight Pieces' for clarinet, viola and
piano were composed in 1910 for his son, Max Felix.
However, to broaden potential sales, they also appeared
in an alternative version for clarinet, cello, and
piano. Bruch himself indicated that all eight pieces
need not be played together, but he also gave no
indication to suggest any particular combinations.
Many errors including missing accidentals and clef
changes as well as inconsistencies of articulations,
rhythms and dynamics between the piano score and the
individual instrument parts are found in the original
publication. This new edition, edited by John Anderson,
has corrected these errors and inconsistencies. The
cello part in the original publication was essentially a
duplicate of the viola part, but several measures were
omitted in selected passages. This new edition includes
these missing spots as an ossia to be played at the
discretion of the cellist. In addition, the viola part
includes suggested fingerings and bowings by
Korey Konkol. Similarly, the cello part has fingerings
and bowings suggested by Tanya Remenikova.
The set includes parts for clarinet, viola, cello
(alternate for viola), and piano. All eight movements
are bound together in one set.
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