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The Juliet Letters
Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet were inspired to create a song sequence for String Quartet and Voice after discovering that a Veronese academic had been replying to letters addressed to 'Juliet Capulet'. The delicate and personal nature of the correspondence inspired a wonderful and poignant set of songs, written, arranged and originally performed by Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet.
Released in 1993, the album was met with critical acclaim for its creative mix of rock and classical style influences and intelligent sense of melody. Hal Leonard is proud to publish this 30th Anniversary Edition of the work, edited by Brodsky Quartet members Jacqueline Thomas and Paul Cassidy.
Exclusively published by Hal Leonard
Bach Solo Violin Sonatas BWV 1001,1003 & 1005
arranged for string quartet by Paul Cassidy
"My daily practice invariably involves spending some time with Bach’s ‘Six Solos for Violin without Bass Accompaniment’ (Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso accompagnato). I am a devout being and these are my bible. As in the case of all ‘holy’ books, the six solos open themselves to an infinite variety of interpretations, but whatever your approach, these miraculous pieces are endlessly cleansing and enriching for the body and soul, a balm for the spirit. Their challenging pages abound with multi-faceted characters whose succinct purity is a wonder to behold. They can move imperceptibly from being uplifting and euphoric one minute to heart-breaking and tragic the next.
It is bewildering that, during his life, Bach was more revered as an improviser than as a composer; terrifying to consider that much of his output therefore could have been overlooked or even lost. It was this legendary ability to improvise, and the fact that he regularly played these works in various guises on the keyboard, that gave me the courage to explore my own feelings about them.
Over the centuries it has often been through the divine intervention of musicians such as Joachim, Casals, Gould et al. that Bach’s extraordinary music has been unearthed and given a new lease of life – a resurrection which is still on an upward trajectory today.
If these arrangements help bring this hallowed music to even one more listener who may have missed them in their original form, that would already make the whole endeavour worthwhile. If the potential of the arrangements as an educational tool helped just one student understand the music better, that too would be hugely gratifying. For me personally, being able to spend more time with the music of Bach in whatever format is reward enough" - Paul Cassidy
Exclusively published by Fountayne Editions
All Brodsky Quartet arrangements from albums such as Moodswings, Petits Fours, Golden Oldies, Rocking Horse Road, and many more, available to purchase.
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