Chopin - Prelude in C minor for String Quartet
by Frederic Chopin
String Quartet - Digital Sheet Music

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String Quartet Cello,String Quartet,Viola,Violin - Level 3 - Digital Download

SKU: A0.748694

Composed by Frederic Chopin. Arranged by Mark Reeves. Contemporary,Romantic Period,Wedding. Score and parts. 8 pages. Mark Reeves #3820163. Published by Mark Reeves (A0.748694).

Chopin - Prelude in C minor Op 28 No 20 (extended version) for String Quartet
Although Frédéric Chopin composed music almost entirely for solo piano, many of his works lend themselves to being performed on other instruments. This arrangement is a good example, where the strings create a different texture from that of the piano, adding a new dimension to the music and bringing the enjoyment of playing Chopin's piano music into the domain of string players.

This extended version begins with a transcription of the entire prelude but without its closing chord. The cello then repeats the opening phrase alone, joined shortly by the viola, then after a few more bars the violins add the remaining accompaniment. All the parts in this middle section have been swapped around, creating an interesting effect which develops into the final climactic iteration of the prelude.

Carl Mikuli's edition of Chopin's Preludes provided the source for this arrangement, owing to its accuracy and faithfulness to the composer's original score. The tempo mark, added by the arranger, is based on a performance by the legendary pianist Artur Rubinstein, renowned for his interpretations of Chopin's piano music. Bowing marks and other technical directions have been left to the discretion, expertise and preference of the individual performer.

About the Arranger
Mark Reeves is a professional pianist, piano teacher and music arranger, with many years of experience. More of his arrangements for piano, choir and other instruments can be downloaded here:

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