Johnstone Creations – JOHANN STRAUSS J and J. – Pizzicato Polka – this music has been specially produced for Four Cellos. Also with the possibility of being rehearsed/performed by Cello Orchestra / use in the Cello class etc.
Download Contents or Instructions:
PDF 1 – All individual cello parts (14 pages in all)
PDF 2 – General Score (10 pages in all)
The tempo indication is – Allegro giocoso
General difficulty of the music – other brief Information:
“Pizzicato Polka” is a very popular piece of orchestral music.
Johann Strauss II composed it with his brother Josef in 1869 for a trip to Russia. It was published in 1870. The polka was written for string orchestra and glockenspiel, though percussion is often omitted today as it solely appears for the first half of the central section. It was hugely popular from the outset, especially in Italy, where it was always included on every programme Strauss played there. The piece consists of four fragments of melodies and the work is arranged in ternary form (A-B-A). The piece, as the title indicates, is scored for plucked (pizzicato) strings.
David Johnstone first arranged this for four cellos in his mid-2os for the London-based group ‘The Cello Company’. There it stood unchanged for over two decades although performed in many different countries by different cello ensembles. Recently however, he began to feel that the high registers of (especially) the first cello were not of optimum sonority for cello in pizzicato, so in 2017 he has slightly changed the playing registers, particularly in the central (trio) section. This should suit far better most groupings, whether of four players or a whole cello orchestra. Now little thumb position work is called for, the first part only extending to ‘C’ just above the ‘A’ harmonic. So have fun!!
Any known possible links of this music (audio, video, article etc.):
These two examples are of the previous (harder/higher) version – the present version is ‘easier’!
CELLOCyL 2012 –
Zealous Cellists – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUMJkvyAHsE
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Enjoy the music !!
STRAUSS, J. & J. – Pizzicato Polka, for FOUR CELLOS or CELLO ORCHESTRA (arranged by David Johnstone)
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