Louise Farrenc—Trio, Op.45—Viola in lieu of Cello

Noteworthy Sheet Music has just published a transcribed viola part for Louise Farrenc's Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano
SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Jan. 29, 2021 - PRLog -- Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC (NSM) is an online sheet music publisher with a catalog of ~180 editions. NSM specializes in sheet music for flute and alto flute. They offer original works by distinguished contemporary composers, re-notated versions or facsimiles of rare historical scores, and unique arrangements of pieces from the classical repertoire. Selected NSM publications are offered as professionally-printed hard copy editions, and most are available as convenient pdf downloads from the NSM website.

Louise Farrenc (1804-1875, née Jeanne-Louise Dumont) had a long, trail-blazing career as an eminent pianist, composer, and professor.  By all accounts a brilliant pianist, she was the only woman ever to hold a permanent position as an instrumentalist at the Paris Conservatory during the 19th century; she taught piano there for 30 years, from 1842 to 1872.  Her compositions include some 45 works with opus numbers and several without.  Her Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano, Op.45 is a big romantic piece, at times stirring, sweet, stormy, sad, dramatic, or lively, but always compelling throughout its entire four movements.  As a flutist, I have enjoyed playing the Farrenc Trio many times.  I was therefore especially intrigued and delighted to receive a request from flutist Peter H. Bloom for a Noteworthy Sheet Music transcription of the cello part for viola, so that his group Ensemble Aubade could perform a flute/viola/piano version of the piece.  The group was looking for new repertoire, especially for works written by women composers, when they hit upon the excellent idea of performing the Farrenc Trio with viola in lieu of cello.  As Peter Bloom commented, the Trio is "not just a good piece to have been written by a woman in the 19th century; it's a very good piece for anyone to have written anytime."  The Trio actually feels perfect for the viola, as most of the original cello part lies within viola range, and sections that do not can be modified for the viola tessitura without straying significantly from the composer's musical intent.  This new edition likely will expand Farrenc's Op.45 fan base to include violists, both professionals and experienced amateurs, as well as their colleagues, coaches, and listeners. Visit the NSM website listing at https://noteworthysheetmusic.com/score-descriptions/46-strings/820-farrenc-trio-op-45-viola for additional information about the composer, the piece, and the viola transcription. —C.A.Vater

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