Red Hot Dots for Five Violas or Four Violas and Bass


August 13, 2018

You can get a PDF on this page of the IMSLP.

You can also listen to the version for five violas here, and the version for four violas and bass here.

Sleep Thou for Flute and Soprano


August 6, 2018

You can listen to a recording here, and you can find a PDF on this page of the IMSLP.

Mary Jane Waltz


August 4, 2018

The Mary Jane, a peanut-butter and molasses taffy, was invented by the Boston-based candy maker Charles N. Miller in 1914. In 1989 the Miller candy company was sold to Stark Candy, and the recipe and rights for the Mary Jane were sold to the NECCO candy company. NECCO made the candy in Revere, Massachusetts until the factory closed abruptly in July of 2018. This "Boston" waltz (with its slight hesitations) seems appropriate to celebrate the Boston-based treat.

You can listen to this piece here.

The score and parts are available on this page of the IMSLP.

Scarborough Fair Fantasy for String Quartet


July 17, 2018
This is a string quartet adaptation (and expansion) of a piece I wrote for string orchestra and harp.

You can listen to a computer-generated recording of it here, and download the score and parts here.

The music can be found in the transcription tab on this page of the IMSLP.

Adaptation: Bach Prelude in E flat major BWV 1010 for String Quartet



This final installment in my series of six string quartet settings of the Preludes from the Bach Cello Suites will soon appear on this page of the IMSLP.

You can also download a PDF of the score and parts for this Prelude here, and listen to a computer-generated recording here.

Here are links to entries for the other Preludes:

#1, BWV 1007 in G major
#2, BWV 1008 in D minor
#3, BWV 1009 in C major
#5, BWV 1011 in C minor
#6, BWV 1012 in D major

UPDATE: The whole set is now "bound" together, so you can download the whole "book" through this link.

Adaptation: Bach Prelude in D minor, BWV 1008 for String Quartet



You can listen here, and get the music here.

You will also find the score and parts on this page of the IMSLP.

UPDATE: The whole set is now "bound" together, so you can download the whole "book" through this link.

Adaptation: Bach Prelude in C minor, BWV 1011 for String Quartet



You can find the score and parts here, and listen to a computer-generated recording here.

The music is also available on this page of the IMSLP.

UPDATE: The whole set is now "bound" together, so you can download the whole "book" through this link.

Adaptation: Bach Prelude in D major, BWV 1012 for String Quartet



This installment in my Bach Prelude Project can be found on this page of the IMSLP, and can also be downloaded directly through this link.

You can listen to a computer-generated recording here.

UPDATE: The whole set is now "bound" together, so you can download the whole "book" through this link.

Adaptation: Bach Prelude in C major, BWV 1009 for String Quartet



You can listen to a computer-generated recording here, and you can get the music here.

You can also find it on this page of the IMSLP.

This is part of an ongoing transcription project. You can find my string quartet transcription of the G-major Prelude, BWV 1007 here.

Adaptation: Bach Prelude in G major, BWV 1007 for String Quartet

These are two settings, one with the original cello solo for the cello, and with the original an octave up for viola. Here's a link to the score and parts for the cello-dominant version, and here's a link to the score and parts for the viola-dominant version. You can also listen to computer-generated recordings of both versions (the cello-dominant version is first, and the viola-dominant version, which is set at a slower tempo, is second).


June 10, 2010

UPDATE: The whole set of all six Bach Cello Suites arranged for string quartet is now "bound" together, and you can download the whole "book" through this link.

Transcription: Pachelbel Canon for Viola Solo or Violin Solo

It is always useful to have a solo version of the Pachelbel Canon, particularly during wedding season. This G-major transcription sounds best on the viola, but it works on the violin as well (in the original key).






You can find a PDF for both versions here. You can also find it on this page of the IMSLP (look all the way at the bottom of the transcriptions).

Scarborough Fair Fantasy for Strings and Harp


December 31, 2017

This can be played as a chamber piece or as an orchestral piece, and there is a second cello part, in case a bass player is not available.

You can listen here, and the music is on this page of the IMSLP.

Transcription: Maria Theresia von Paradis Siciliene for String Quartet


May 20, 2018

This is the piece that cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018. It is definitely not by Maria Theresa von Paradis (those Kreisler-like early 20th-century harmonies give it away). The piece was "discovered" by the violinist Samuel Dushkin, and published in 1924. I imagine that it will become an often-requested wedding piece, so, inspired by Kanneh-Mason's beautiful playing, I made this arrangement for string quartet.

You can find the music here, and on this page of the IMSLP.

Pasticcio for Four Violas and Bass, or for Five Violas

Through the magic of invertible counterpoint, this pastiche has two viol-consort-like settings:


May 6, 2018

You can listen to the above version here.


May 6, 2018

You can listen to the five-viola version here.

You can find the music on this page of the IMSLP. There is also a set of treble clef parts there for people who aren't comfortable reading the alto clef (i.e. non-violists).

Birthday Piece Number 10


April 16, 2018

Fifty-nine measures for fifty-nine years. My viola d'amore is in the shop getting some repairs done, so this year's birthday piece can be played on either viola or viola d'amore. You can get the music on this page of the IMSLP.

Leap Frog for Two Violas




March 23, 2018

This piece, commissioned by Robin Kearton, is available on this page of the IMSLP. You can also listen to Robin and me play a rollicking game of leap frog here.

New Year's Greeting for Two Trumpets

I'm greeting 2018 with a piece for two trumpets (which can also be played by two clarinets, two French horns, or two euphoniums).


December 30, 2017

You can listen to it here played by computer-generated trumpets, clarinets, French horns, and euphoniums.

You can get a PDF on this page of the IMSLP.

Three Dances for Horn and Viola


December 14, 2017

You can find the score and parts on this page of the IMSLP, and you can listen to a computer-generated recording here.

Talia Trio for Oboe, Viola, and Piano


November 27, 2017

The music is available on this page of the IMSLP, and you can also listen to the first movement here, and the second movement here.

Transcription: Elgar Salut d'Amour for String Orchestra



The score and parts can be found on this page of the IMSLP, or you can get the music without having to scroll through the many transcriptions here.

The Jumping Competition


May 27, 2017

You can get the score and parts and listen to a recording on this page of the IMSLP. You can also listen to a recording here.

The Collar


May 5, 2017

This is an adaptation of a story by Hans Christian Andersen for solo cello (or solo viola, or solo bassoon) with narration. You can find the music on this page of the IMSLP.

You can listen to a recording of the viola version with me playing viola and narrating here.

Transcription: Rachmaninoff Sonata, Opus 19



I love playing the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata on the viola, and I'm happy that the International Music Company liked my transcription (which can be used with the original piano part)! You can get it through the International Music Company's online shop.

Woodwind Quintet No. 2





April 6, 2017

This ten-minute-long piece for woodwind quintet would be interesting and entertaining for school-age children (and hopefully adults and wind players as well). The four movements relate to the four winds: west, east, south, and north. The cover art is a painting by my mother, June Fine.

The music can be found on this page of the IMSLP, and you can hear a computer-generated recording here.

Birthday Piece Number 9



March 30, 2017

When I turned 50 I decided to add to the viola d'amore literature by writing a new piece for viola d'amore and piano every year. My 58th birthday is coming up at the end of April, so this year's piece has 58 measures.

You can find the music and a computer-generated recording on this page of the IMSLP.