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Quartet Arrangements and Other Sheet Music
   

Marcello Oboe concerto, page 1This section serves two purposes:

1. If you are musician looking for an arrangement of a particular piece (perhaps it was requested with short notice), you might find it here. 

If you need something in a hurry, please e-mail or call Norbert Gerl at 214-373-9498 for info/prices, and I'll be happy to send you PDFs or print copies. 

See also FAQs at the bottom of this page.

2. For our clients, to browse and listen to more choices, since it is difficult and sometimes impractical to make recordings of a huge and changing repertoire. 

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Occasionally, sample pages in PDF format are included that you can print out to see what you will be getting.

Please keep in mind that you are listening to what is essentially a midi file, and therefore the actual sound is determined by your sound card, midi module etc.  
    

  1. Arrangements for String Quartet

  2. Arrangements for Chamber Orchestra

  3. Arrangements for Violin and Keyboard Instrument

  4. Arrangements for Solo Instrument and Harp

  5. Arrangements for Woodwind Ensembles

  6. New Critical Editions

I. Arrangements for String Quartet

CLASSICAL:

POPULAR:   

(Please note: the arrangements in this section are not for sale)

THE BEATLES:
All You Need is Love   
(First performed by
The Beatles on “Our World”, the first live global television link. Watched by 400 million in 26 countries, the program was broadcast via satellite on 25 June 1967)
Because    new
(from The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road)
Here Comes The Sun    
(from The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road)
In My Life  
(from The Beatles' 1965 album Rubber Soul)
Something 
(George Harrison song from The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road)
  

A Thousand Years  -  Mp3   new
for piano and string quartet / string orchestra
(by Christina Perri, from the film: “Twilight IV: Breaking Dawn - Part I”)
A Thousand Years   new
for string quartet
All I Want Is You  -  MP3
(from the U2 album “Rattle and Hum”)
Amarillo by Morning
Anne of Green Gables   
(theme from the 1985 TV movie composed by Hagood Hardy)
recorded live at Royal Lane Baptist Church, Dallas, August 2009
  -  MP3
Annie's Song   

(by John Denver, from the 1974 album “Back Home Again”)
As Time Goes By   
(from “Casablanca”)
At Last
for voice and string quartet, also available for quartet as an instrumental
(First performed in the 1941 film “ Orchestra Wives” and on record by Glenn Miller and his orchestra, the song was a major hit for Miller, reaching number 9 on the Billboard pop charts in 1942. In 1960, it was covered by blues singer Etta James)
Bittersweet Symphony    
(from The Verve's third album “ Urban Hymns” (1997)  
Breakaway  -  Mp3   
(Recorded by Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement)
Shortened to ca. one minute, for use in processionals
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You    
(Frankie Valli and Andy Williams had big hits with this charming ear-worm in 1967/68)
Chasing Cars
(from Snow Patrol's fourth album, Eyes Open)
“Cinema Paradiso” - Love Theme
(by Andrea Morricone, from the 1988 film)
Concerning Hobbits  
(from THE LORD OF THE RINGS: “The Fellowship of the Ring”)
for string quartet and string orchestra
Con te partiro, Time to Say Goodbye   
(as sung by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman)
Don't Stop Believin’    
(from the 1981 Journey album “Escape”)  -  MP3
Dreams  -  MP3   
(from the Cranberries album “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?”)
Everybody's Free (to Feel Good)  -  MP3
(from the 1996 film “Romeo and Juliet”)
Fix You   
(from the Coldplay album “X&Y”)  
Flatbush Waltz    
(from the 1980 Andy Statman album of the same name)
Gabriel’s Oboe
 
for string quartet  -  MP3
Gabriel’s Oboe
for solo oboe and string orchestra    
(from the 1986 film “The Mission”)
Hallelujah  -  MP3    
(from Leonard Cohen's album “Various Positions” (1984). Has since been covered by some 200 artists in various languages, best know versions are by Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Rufus Wainwright and k.d. Lang among others)
I’ll Stand by You   
(Chrissie Hynde song recorded by The Pretenders, from their sixth studio album, “Last of the Independents”)
for voice and string quartet, but could also be played instrumentally only  -  MP3
I Love You Lord   
(Laurie Klein, 1974)
I’m With You  -  Mp3   
(from Avril Lavigne’s 2002 debut album “Let Go”)
I’m Yours  -  Mp3   
(From Jason Mraz’ third studio album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. )
I Will Wait for You   
(main theme from “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”)
another one of the great Michel Legrand tunes. If you haven’t seen this film, rent it. If you can get through about 20 minutes of it - the dialogue is sung - you'll be hooked. 
I Won’t Give Up  
new
(From Jason Mraz’ fourth studio album, Love is a Four Letter Word)

Libertango
for string quartet  
Libertango for string orchestra
(Astor Piazzolla Tango, Grace Jones covered it in a cool way) 

Ladies in Lavender  
new
(Theme from the 2004 film “Ladies in Lavender“, music composed by Nigel Hess)
Main Theme from “Exodus”   

Moon River  
(from “Breakfast at Tiffany‘s”)
Nella Fantasia
for voice and string quartet
(based on Ennio Morricone's “Gabriel’s Oboe”, as sung by Sarah Brightman, Il Divo, Celtic Woman, Paul Potts, etc.)
Once upon a Time ... Storybook Love   
(composed by Mark Knopfler, from the 1987 film “The Princess Bride”)
Palladio   
(otherwise known as “Diamonds are forever”)
Portuguese Love Theme from “Love Actually”  -  MP3   
Pure Imagination    

(from the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”)
Love Theme from “Romeo and Juliet” (A Time for Us)  -  MP3
Nino Rota at his best; from the 1968 Zeffirelli film
Soleado (When a Child is Born) 
(composed by Ciro Dammicco under the alias "Zacar". The first recorded version was 1974's version of the Daniel Sentacruz Ensemble. The melody has also been adapted to the Christmas song “When a Child Is Born” sung by Johnny Mathis, Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church and many others.)
Song from a Secret Garden    
(from the 1996 album “Songs from a Secret Garden”)
Summertime for string quartet
Summertime
for voice and string quartet   
from “Porgy and Bess” (1935)
Stars and Butterflies  -  MP3     
abridged for use in bridal processionals
(from the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice”, music composed by Dario Marianelli)
Stolen    
(from Dashboard Confessional’s 2007 studio album “Dusk and Summer”)
Sweet Child O’Mine  
(from the 1987 Guns N’ Roses album “Appetite for Destruction”)
Theme from “Fawlty Towers” 
Theme from “Black Adder” 
Theme from “The Vicar of Dibley”  
(The Lord is my Shepherd, Psalm 23)
The Luckiest    
(from the Ben Folds 2001 album “Rockin’ the Suburbs”)
for voice, piano and string quartet
The Prayer   
(as sung by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion)
can also be used in situations without pianist
The Shining
(from Damon Gough’s “Badly Drawn Boy”)

The Wedding from “Cinderella”  -  MP3    
Finale from the 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical.
The Windmills of Your Mind   
(from “The Thomas Crown Affair”)
one of the best Michel Legrand tunes. The vocal inflection in the melody is important, otherwise you will have an etude. Obviously, the midi playback is hideous in this regard!
Untitled #3   

(from the Sigur Rós album (), shortened for a bridal processional)
Viva La Vida for string quartet   
Viva La Vida
for string orchestra   -  MP3
(from the Coldplay album “Viva La Vida”)  
What a Wonderful World  -  MP3
(The song was initially offered to Tony Bennett, who turned it down. First recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1968, it made Armstrong the oldest male to top the charts at sixty-six years.)
Whatever You Like   
(First single from T.I.’s 2008 album “Paper Trail”)
Shortened to a little over a minute, for use in processionals
When You Believe   
(from the film “The Prince of Egypt”)
With or Without You  -  MP3  
(from U2’s fifth studio album “The Joshua Tree”, 1987)
Wonderful Tonight   
(written by Eric Clapton, from the 1977 album “Slowhand”)

You Raise Me Up   
(as sung by Josh Groban, for vocal, piano and string quartet)
You Raise Me Up   
(instrumental version for string quartet)
Young and Beautiful    new
(by Lana Del Rey, from the Baz Luhrmann film “The Great Gatsby”)


HYMNS:

All the Heavens by Third Day   
As the Deer
by Martin Nystrom
Here I Am, Lord by Dan Schutte  -  MP3
Pescador de Hombres
by Cesareo Gabarain
recorded live at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, October 2005  -  MP3
The Gift of Love     
for solo voice and string quartet
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
   

(from Michael W. Smith’s live album, “Worship”, for voice, piano and string quartet)
recorded live at Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, November 2005  - 
MP3

    

II. Arrangements for Chamber Orchestra
   

J. S. Bach  (1685 - 1750)
Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Adaptation of the Chorale Prelude No. 41 from the “Orgelbüchlein” BWV 639
This piece, originally in f minor, was featured in Andrei Tarkovsky's film "Solyaris" (1972)

Aria “Erbarme Dich”
No. 39 from St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
for 2 solo violins and strings

Aria. Duetto “Wir eilen mit schwachen”
from Cantata No. 78, Jesu, der du meine Seele, composed 1724
originally a duet for soprano and alto, with cello, organ and bass

Giulio Caccini (1546 - 1618)
Ave Maria    new
for solo oboe and string orchestra

Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904)
Ave Maria  

op. 19b - originally for voice and organ

Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
Pavane, op. 50 (abridged)   

George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)
Summertime
from “Porgy and Bess” (1935)
for voice and strings
Summertime
for string orchestra

J. B. Pergolesi  (1710 - 1736)
Andantino “Se tu m’ami, se sospiri
("If you love me, if you sigh")
Attributed to Pergolesi, probably by Alessandro Parisotti (1853 - 1913)

Astor Piazzolla  (1921 – 1992) 
Libertango  
adaptation for string orchestra

Erik Satie  (1866 - 1925)
Gymnopedie No. 1
for strings and harp  -  Mp3

Dmitri Shostakovich  (1906 - 1975)
Romance
for solo violin, strings and harp
From the music to the 1955 film "The Gadfly”. Originally in Db Major. Mostly known as the main theme to the excellent 1983 Thames Television series "Reilly, Ace of Spies".

Johann Strauss, Jr.  (1825 - 1899)
Voices of Spring  (Frühlingsstimmen)
adaptation for string orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)  new
Aria: Vedrò con mio diletto
for solo violin and string orchestra
From the opera GIUSTINO, composed for the 1724 carnival season in Rome. Adaptation inspired by Nicola Benedetti's recording, see YouTube

Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin  (1905 - 1977)
Sevdana   

for solo violin and string orchestra

        

III. Arrangements for Violin and Keyboard Instrument

Tomaso Albinoni  (1671 - 1750)
Adagio in g minor, for violin and organ
recorded live at St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas, Texas
  -  MP3
Vesselin Demirev - violin,  Michael Shake, organ

J. S. Bach  (1685 - 1750)
Aria “Erbarme Dich”
No. 39 from St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
for violin, violoncello and organ
recorded live at St. Andrew, Plano, Texas  - 
Video

Alexander Glazunov  (1865 – 1936)
Entr’acte   new
from the ballet “Raymonda”, op. 57
for violin, violoncello and piano

J. B. Pergolesi  (1710 - 1736)
Nina  (Tre giorni son che Nina), for violin and harpsichord or piano
recorded live at St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas, Texas  -  MP3
Vesselin Demirev - violin,  Michael Shake, organ

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Aria: Vedrò con mio diletto   new
From the opera GIUSTINO, composed for the 1724 carnival season in Rome  
also available for solo violin and chamber orchestra

    

IV. Arrangements for Solo Instrument and Harp

J. B. Pergolesi  (1710 - 1736)
Nina  (Tre giorni son che Nina), for flute or violin and harp

  

V. Arrangements for Woodwind Ensembles

Léo Delibes  (1836 - 1891)
Flower Duet from “Lakmé”
, for oboe, English Horn and bassoon  MP3

The Prayer
from the “Quest for Camelot”, for flute, oboe and piano  -  MP3

   

VI. New Critical Editions

Joseph Haydn  (1732 - 1809)
The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, Op. 51 (Hob. III:50-56)

A complete re-working of the string quartet adaptation, based on the Baerenreiter Urtext score of the original orchestral version.

The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, for QUINTET  
Completely new adaptation for string quintet (2 violins, viola, violoncello, bass)
Samples of a live performance at Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, Dallas, Texas, are available here.

Gaetano Donizetti (1797 - 1848)
Parafrasi del Christus    
Sacred cantata for soprano, alto and strings. 
Makes an excellent companion piece to the Pergolesi or Vivaldi “Stabat Mater”.

Alessandro Scarlatti  (1660 - 1725)
Stabat Mater     
for soprano, contralto, two violins and basso continuo
New edition of the performance parts

Antonio Vivaldi  (1678-1741)
Stabat Mater, RV 621    
Hymn for contralto, two violins, viola and basso continuo
New edition of the performance parts.


If you haven't found it here, and also for other sheet music needs, we do recommend Sheet Music Plus. They offer probably the largest selection in the world at this point. Prices are low, fast shipping, excellent customer service, etc.  Recommended.  
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Notes on the material, in no particular order: 

My approach to arranging is to leave the original as intact as possible, providing a score that is clean without editor markings, bowings, fingerings etc.

Some of the quartet arrangements have an optional organ part, the most likely continuo instrument for a wedding ceremony, for those of us that like to perform with a (friendly) organist.

Recordings (live, or from sampler output) of these pieces in Mp3 format are being added as they become available.

Some frequently asked questions answered:

I try to reply to e-mail as quickly as possible, although it is getting more difficult and I find myself answering the most pressing ones first.  I will get around to answering eventually. If you are in the U.S., feel free to call (this also makes the process of finding out what something will be used for, and what modifications need to be made, much easier).

PDF files is by far the most commonly used method of sending the music. 8.5x11 for the US and A4 for Europe, Australia, etc., or other sizes, are of course taken into consideration. Some music will require actual printing and shipping, but those occasions are relatively rare.

As far as payment goes, PayPal (widely used on Ebay, whereby you can send money to just about anybody in the world with an e-mail address, using credit/debit cards, bank transfers, etc.) seems to be working for most people, with a few personal checks, now and then.

An automated system for ordering from the site would seem like a good idea, but, so far, I have found that the overwhelming majority of inquiries require some sort of customization (change of instrumentation, key, etc.), which has prevented me from such a scheme so far. 

Prices: depends very much on the selection, but ranges typically from $10 - $20 for most of the shorter pieces.

For multiple orders I will apply a discount as well. There is no predetermined formula, I make it up on the spot. (10 - 15% typically, depending on the number of pieces).


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