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These recordings, timings and comments show the character of each quartet. They were recorded over several years under various playing conditions, therefore the quality varies. These aren’t studio recordings, and little or no sound editing has been done other than fading in/out the short clips and setting a consistent audio level. We hope this is useful for folks trying to decide which quartets are appropriate to their needs. The pieces marked (*) are our own arrangements, and are for sale online at ScoreVivo. Also, we’re willing to swap for equivalent material. If you have comments, please EMAIL us at the address shown on our home page.

 

Updated February 2014

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Composer

Title

Arranger

Instrumentaton

Time

Remarks

 

Hiketick

3 Latin Dances (#2 of 3)

 

3+bass

 

 

 

Mozart

Abduction from Seriglio #1 #2 #3 #4 #5

Lotz

4 Bb

8:50

Good – kind of long

 

Mozart

Adagio and Allegro from Cassazione

Ephross

3+bass

 

 

 

Barber

Adagio Op 11

Smith*

3+bass

5:42

Fun to play, but not easy to make it sound good

Barber

Adagio Op 11 (sextet version)

Smith*

2A+2Bb+2Bass

 

 

Bach, J S

Air from Suite in D Major

Oday

3+bass

 

Military quartet book of arrangements - good

Bach, J S

Air on a G String

Dorff

3+bass

 

 

 

Tchaikovsky

Andante Cantabile

O’Day

3+bass

 

Military quartet book of arrangements - good

Granados

Andaluza

Granados

4 Bb

 

Greig

Anitra's Dance from Peer Gynt Suite

Oday

3+bass

 

Military quartet book of arrangements - good

Skolnik

Arabesque

 

4 Bb

1:45

Not difficult - OK to perform - short

Roost

Arghulesques #1 #2 #3

 

3+bass

6:00

Middle-eastern sounds - good opener or closer - belly dancing music

Handel

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Kenny

4 Bb

 

Optional part for Bass

 

Gounod

Ave Maria

Smith*

3+bass

2:15

 

 

Fraoil

Ballad

 

3+bass

5:00

Good. Audiences like it.

 

Rossini

Barber of Seville

Dorff

3+bass

 

 

Brubeck

Blue Rondo a la Turk

Sweric

3+bass

3:17

Good – difficult to play at tempo

Bach, J S

Bourree from English Suite

O’Day

3+bass

 

Military quartet book of arrangements - good

Carter

Canonic Suite#1 #2 #3

 

4 Bb

6:32

A classic, very good, tricky at times

 

Albeniz

Cataluna

Gore

4 Bb

Not difficult

 

Mack

Charleston

Gale

3+bass

2:36

Dixieland

 

Williams

Cantina Band

Vedder

3+bass

1:48

Pops – from Star Wars.

Debussy

Clair de Lune

Donatelli

3+bass

4:05

Great, audience pleaser

 

Roach

Clarinet Quartet

 

3+bass

7:09

OK

 

Stalpers

Clownery

 

3+bass

7:52

Good opener/closer

 

Cooke

Concertante

 

3+bass

13:50

Good - very long - medium difficulty

Telemann

Concerto #1 #2 #3

Simon

4 Bb

 

Easy to play

 

Chaminade

Dance Creole

Bueris

3+bass

2:22

3+bass or 4Bb

 

Debussy

Danse

Thilde

3+bass

5:46

Can be tricky in places

 

Dorff

Dark Romance

 

3+bass

3:15

Good - like Summer Etchings

Bloch

Denneriana

Williams*

3+bass

6:10

Very nice arrangement

 

Uhl

Divertimento

 

3+bass

 

Good

 

Willis

Divertimento #1  #2

 

3+bass

8:45

Very good to perform

 

Polack/Ory

Dixieland Medley #1 #2

Smith*

3+bass

 

Simple stuff

 

Mozart

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik #1 #2 #3 #4

O’Day

3+bass

16:00

Good but very long

 

Fucik

Entry of the Gladiators

Holcombe

3+bass

2:49

 

 

Dorff

Fast Walk

 

3+bass

 

Cute

 

Mendelssohn

Fingal's Cave

Smith*

3+bass

11:30

Long, but fun to play

 

Gaal

Four Romantic Pieces#1 #3 #4

 

3+bass

 

Good - audience pleaser - light - tricky rhythms

Desportes

French Suite #2 #3 #4

 

4 Bb

 

A classic, difficult

 

Piazzolla

Fugata

Eig

3+bass

 

 

 

Gounod

Funeral March of a Marionette

Dorff

3+bass

1:30

Nice – combine with Ave Maria

 

Appeldorn

Gestures #1 #2 #3

 

3+bass

7:13

A terrific quartet – fun to play and good for audience

 

Debussy

Golliwog's Cakewalk

Holcombe

3+bass

2:50

Easy - short

 

Kanno

Gravity from Wolf’s Rain

Vedder

3+bass

3:40

Kid’s games. Fun!

 

Fraioli

Italy / USA / Italy

 

3+bass

3:38

Nice!

 

Dorff

It Takes Four to Tango

 

3+bass

 

 

 

Steele

High Society

Smith*

3+bass

3:06

Famous Dixieland March, with A Picou solo

 

Pizzolia

Histoire du Tango #1 #2 #3

 

3+bass

 

Very good.

 

Brahms

Hungarian Dance #5

Janssens

3+bass

2:30

OK – works for recital

 

Cacavas

Impressions

 

4 Bb

 

Like "summer Etchings" OK – a little corny

Frioli

Italy-USA-Italy

 

3+bass

3:38

Nice!

 

Dorff

It Takes 4 to Tango

3+Bass

 

 

Traditional

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Gale

3+bass

 

Dixieland

 

Granados

Jota

Gore

4 Bb

 

Not difficult

 

Rosssini

Largo Factotum

Fraioli

3+bass

5:03

Good

 

Milhaud

le Bouef sur le Toit / Ox on the Roof

Smith*

3+bass

3:10

Fun to play – audiences like it

 

Dvorak

Legends #10

Smith*

3+bass

3:56

We like this one

 

Dvorak

Legends #5

Smith*

3+bass

 

 

 

Dvorak

Legends #6

Smith*

3+bass

5:00

Time is approximate

 

Kondo

Legend of Zelda

Vedder

3+bass

3:42

From Kids videos. Fun!

 

Mozart

London Symphony #31

Smith*

3+bass

8:38

 

Mozart

Marriage of Figaro

Sweric

 

Greig

Morning from Peer Gynt Suite

Oday

3+bass

 

Military quartet book of arrangements - good

Smith*

Name that Tune

 

3+bass+perc

8:22

19 movie themes in 8 minutes.

 

Bliss

Nefinofo

 

3+bass

7:26

Commissioned for our quartet

 

Hidtoshi

Neon Genesis

Vedder

3+bass

3:50

From Kid’s video games, Nice!

Tschaikowsky

Nutcracker Suite Selections #1 #2 #3

Smith*

3+bass

 

OK for Christmas pops

 

Piazzolla

Oblivion

Eig

3+bass

5:35

Percussion added

 

Beethoven

Pathetique Sonata #1 #2 #3 #4

Oday

3+bass

 

Military quartet book of arrangements - good

Faure

Pavane

Ghidoni

3+bass

5:41

Nice arrangement – not difficult

 

Dubois

Petit concert devient grand#1 #2 #3

 

4 Bb

5:58

Good - tonal/classical

 

Erickson

Petite Suite

 

4 Bb

4:00

OK - pretty good

 

Chopin

Prelude 6

Williams*

Trio 2Bb+bass

Simple trio – sounds good

 

Marc - Charles

Prelude and Danse #1 #2

 

4 Bb

8:30

Good/difficult at tempo

 

Miller

Prelude and Scherzo

 

4 Bb

4:30

Good

 

Frescobaldi

Preludium and Fugue #1 #2

Oday

3+bass

 

Military quartet book of arrangements - good

DeBussy

Quartet Op 10

Anon

3+bass

6:40

A great quartet!

 

Barber

Quartet Op 11

Smith*

3+bass

4:56

Tough to get the intonation right.

Mendelssohn

Quartet Op 12 #1 #2 #3 #4

Simon

3+bass

Crusell

Quartetto #1 #2 #3 #4 #5

Kovacks

3+bass

20:00

Rossinni

Quartetto #3 Moderato

Frioli

3+bass

3:15

 

Dubois

Quartuor #1 #2 #3

 

4 Bb

7:17

Good for recital

 

Brahms

Rhapsody No 1 - Op 79

Williams*

3+bass

7:59

Very nice arrangement

 

Brahms

Rhapsody No 2 - Op 79

Williams*

3+bass

4:40

Very nice arrangement

 

Mozart

Romanze from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Leonard

3+bass

4:54

One movement only

 

Yost

Rondo

 

3+bass

3:50

Fun to play

 

Traditional

Royal Garden Blues

Nagle

3+bass

2:50

Dixieland

 

Debussy

Sarabande

 

3+bass

3:50

Short, but good to combine with other Debussy

Stack

Scherzo

 

3+bass

4:00

Good - 5/8 - very difficult to coordinate in spots

Albeniz

Sevilla

Karabell

3+bass

 

Not difficult

 

Dvorak

Slavonic Dances#1 #2 #3 #4

Spink

3+bass

 

 

 

Bach, J S

Sleepers Wake

Oday

3+bass

 

Military quartet book of arrangements - good

Ingram

Smile Smile Smile

Verred

3+bass

4:02

From the Little Pony

 

Schubert

Sonata for Piano - movt 1

Ellis-McLeod

3+bass

 

OK

 

Schubert

Sonata for Piano - movt 2

Ellis-McLeod

3+bass

 

OK

 

Schubert

Sonata for Piano - movt 3

Ellis-McLeod

3+bass

 

Good for performance

 

Kabalelesky

Sonatina

Holcombe

3+bass

5:00

 

 

Kibbe

Sonatina

 

3+bass

5:00

OK to perform - good music - not difficult

Smith

Spooky Action at a Distance

 

3+bass

2:30

Part of a Halloween program.

 

Smith

Suite #1 #2 #3

 

4 Bb

7:45

 

 

Bowles

Suite for 4 Clarinets

 

4 Bb

5:32

We like it, since two of us studied with Bowles

 

Desportes

Suite Italiene #2 #3

 

4 Bb

 

OK – but we like French Suite better

 

Mendelssohn

Suite Op 72 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5

Wilkinson

4 Bb

7:32

Can use bass instead of 4th Bb

McKay

Summer Etching#1 #2

 

4 Bb

4:15

OK for recital

 

Frioli

Take the Cavallini Caprices

3+bass

5:02

Fun. Audiences like it.

 

Pollak

That’s a’Plenty

Smith*

3+bass

 

Dixieland

 

Villa Lobos

Three Fairy Tales

Schmidt

3+bass

 

Abreau

Tico Tico          w/percussion

Smith*

3+bass

2:58

Everybody has recorded it.

Schumann

Traumerei

Oday

3+bass

 

Not as good as Williams Arrangement

Schumann

Traumerei (trio)

Williams*

2+bass

2:24

Good

 

Tomasi

Trois Divettissments #1 #2 #3

 

4 Bb

6:00

A great quartet !

 

Cervantes

Two Cuban Dances#1 #2

Denwood

3+bass

 

 

 

Tchaikovsky

Waltz from Serenade for Strings

Oday

3+bass

 

Military quartet book of arrangements - good

Tschaikowsky

Waltz from Serenade for Strings

Sacci

3+bass

4:10

 

Tschaikowsky

Waltz from Symphony #5

Gee

3+bass

 

 

 

Turner and Layton

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Gale

3+bass

2:05

Dixieland

 

Granados

Zarabande

Gore

4 Bb

 

OK – not difficult