Posted by Owain on
When I had the opportunity to tackle this piece with a school ensemble (it's not often there's three violas good enough available!), I realised that a major problem with the parts we had access to was their dense notation, full of editorial amendments such as complicated bowings. By presenting the pupils with this edition instead, with the minimum of extra information, they were able to tackle the notes without feeling too intimidated. We were then able to add some more details later on. Although clear and clean scans of published parts have since become available on IMSLP, including the keyboard part which I omitted here, I thought that as the original Finale file might allow people to make their own alterations and amendments as necessary. Also of use when teaching young players this piece is this video, full of life and brightness, and delightful ensemble playing: