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BATTLE MARCH by Kevin Berdine
NCI Publications has made it a point to provide excellent cello ensembles that are suitable for student groups. The Battle March by Kevin Berdine is the latest in that effort. Parts 1 and 2 shift -- but only into 4th position. Parts 3 and 4 are all in closed first position. The piece sounds great! Be sure to get this for your not-so-advanced cello groups.

JOHN NOTTLE is an Australian composer who has composed a great set of pieces for cello trio. Details are below. Take a look!

RICK MOONEY has arranged the "Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla. It's a lot of fun! See below.

DANIEL KREDER is a Swiss composer who has composed a great new cello quartet called "Commitment". Details are below -- Check it out!

BILL ALVES, one of our very favorite composers and arrangers has a new composition for students called "Slow Air and Jig". It is really, really good!

CAROLE GATWOOD has made a wonderful arrangement of "Gollywogg's Cakewalk" by Claude Debussy. You will want to get this one!

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Battle March by Kevin Berdine
NCI Publications has made it a point to provide excellent cello ensembles that are suitable for student groups. The Battle March by Kevin Berdine is the latest in that effort. Parts 1 and 2 shift -- but only into 4th position. Parts 3 and 4 are all in closed first position. The piece sounds great! Be sure to get this for your not-so-advanced cello groups.


Three Pieces for Cello Trio by John Nottle
These three pieces by the Australian composer John Nottle are a fantastic choice for your student groups. There is a little tenor clef but none of the parts goes beyond 6th position. Even though the notes are not too hard there are rhythmic and harmonic challenges that will keep your students interested and engaged. The first piece, "G Whiz!" has some really great but not too hard rhythmic interest. The second piece, "Tango" is really moody and interesting -- it sounds to me like a tango in a haunted house. The last movement, "Playground" uses all kinds of tonal effects like col legno, ponticello, Bartok pizz, etc. These pieces are really fun as well as a learning experience. Be sure to take a look!


Ritual Fire Dance arranged by Rick Mooney
The Ritual Fire Dance for cello ensemble -- how much fun is that? This is a great piece for intermediate/advanced players. Cello 1 gets up there in register but the other parts are not so hard. It is really fun and very successful in performance. Quatracelli! uses it routinely as an encore piece. Give it a listen!


Commitment by Daniel Kreder
Commitment is an excellent original composition by the Swiss composer Daniel Kreder. This piece, written for cello quartet, alternates between the lush, sonorous sounds that only cellos can make and lively, energetic, and exciting rhythmic passages. One of the things that we have worked very hard for at NCI Publications is to collect excellent music that sounds great on cellos and yet is not so difficult that students cannot be successful playing them. Commitment is a perfect example of this. Students of intermediate to advanced level will enjoy playing this piece but it has also been performed to great acclaim by professions ensembles. If you are looking for something original and different, check this one out!


Gollywogg's Cakewalk arranged by Carole Gatwood
Gollywogg's Cakewalk, from The Children's Corner originally for solo piano, has been beautifully arranged for cello quartet by Carole Gatwood. The quirky rhythms of the original, along with the homage to American jazz idioms, remain resplendent in this arrangement. Ms. Gatwood, a cellist herself, thoroughly understands cello technique so while this arrangement is not suitable for elementary groups, it is very accessible to intermediate level students. Quatracelli! has programmed this piece in many concerts and finds it fun to play and well received by audiences. This one is a winner!


Slow Air and Jig by Bill Alves
Bill Alves, composer and arranger of some of our favorite NCI Publications including the amazing and totally unique "California Mabommay"' has composed another tour de force with Slow Air and Jig for four cellos. This original composition is aimed mainly at student ensembles. The register is not too high none of the parts go beyond 4th position and while the rhythms rock with 2's against 3's they are not that challenging. The piece begins with a haunting melody played against sustained drone notes and then progresses into a lively, rollicking Jig. Quatracelli! has performed this piece and I have also used it successfully with student groups. This one is fantastic -- don't miss it!


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