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from Flute Quartet No. 2

By Domenico Cimarosa

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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 - Grade 3
From Flute Quartet No. 2. Composed by Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801). Arranged by Doris Gazda. FS - SWS. Concert String Orchestra. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 24+6+24+15+15+6+15+16 pages. Carl Fischer Music #CAS49. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.CAS49).

Item Number: CF.CAS49

ISBN 9780825869686. 8.5 X 11 inches. Key: G major.

Sinfonietta is an exceptional piece from a lesser-known classical composer, Domenico Cimarosa. Doris Gazda's expert arrangement has provided string orchestras the opportunity to play this wonderful work originally written for flute quartet. It is a multi-movement work of substantial proportions, and would function nicely as an alternative classical piece for contest/festival.
Domenico Cimarosa was an Italian opera composer who lived from 1749-1801. He came from a poor home, but his parents wanted their son to have a good education, so they sent him to a free school at a monastery in his home town of Naples. The organist of the monastery realized that he had an interest in music and started giving him lessons. Soon after, he received a scholarship to a musical institute, where he studied several instruments and composition. When he was twenty-three years old, he started writing comic operas for various theaters in Italy. Usually he wrote, produced and conducted his operas. His work was extremely successful in Italy, and he became known throughout Europe. Eventually he was invited to be a court musician for Empress Catherine II of Russia. It was while in Russia that he wrote many chamber music works, possibly including the flute quartet upon which the Sinfonietta is based. After four years he was invited to go to Vienna, where he once again was able to write many operas for performance in the famous Viennese theaters. After hearing a performance of this piece played by a flute quartet, I felt that it would be a wonderful piece for string orchestra. I hope that you enjoy this arrangement of a chamber music piece by Cimarosa as you play it with your string orchestra. --Doris Gazda.

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