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Maggiolata-Hubay-string octet

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By Jeno Hubay

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String Octet; Violin solo, 4 Violin parts, 2 Violas, 1 Cello - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Jeno Hubay (1858-1937). Arranged by Phil Beaman. Romantic Period, Classical Period, Repertoire, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 17 pages. Published by Phil Beaman (S0.688165).

Item Number: S0.688165

Maggiolata is the Italian name of an ancient Spring Festival celebrated on May 1st, hence the subtitle Song of May. Jeno Hubay, Head of the Violin Dept at the Budapest Academy of Music, wrote this piece to be as light and celebratory as a perfect spring day. My arrangement abridges and slightly simplifies this classical standard which was originally written for Viola and Piano. I reduced it from 6 1/2 minutes to 2 1/2 minutes by focusing on the recapitulation of the main theme but also included opening and closing cadenzas.
I have scored it for a String Octet; 1 Violin Solo, accompanied by 4 Violins, 2 Violas, 1 Cello. The one Violin has the melody throughout. The other Violins and Violas have occasional countermelody, but mostly pulse ensemble rich chords while the Cello sits on pedal tones. Overall, it creates a rich, balanced string sound. Fairly easy, but sounds more advanced with its full chords and the dramatic interpretation markings I have added.

9 page score, 1 page parts; 17 pages total
5 minutes with repeat

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