The Wild Bears, here arranged by Carlo Martelli for String Quartet, is the last movement from Elgar's second Wand of Youth Suite and has become a favourite concert encore.
Carlo Martelli was born on the 12th December 1935 in London to an Italian father and an English mother. By the age of eleven Carlo had developed a passion for the symphony orchestra. Just before his twelfth birthday he started taking regular violin lessons and very soon began writing elaborate orchestral scores achieving a mastery in this field by the age of sixteen, by which time he had obtained a County Scholarship to attend the Royal College of Music in London, studying composition and viola. By the time he was 21 he had written a string quartet and had already had a great deal of success with several large scale serious symphonic compositions, notably his Second Symphony, which had many performances and broadcasts by several major orchestras in the few years after its completion. In the 1960's he turned to film music to make a living, and also worked steadily as a freelance viola player. His arrangements for string quartet, trio and other combinations number well over 250 and are played by hundreds of groups all over the world.
The central movement Nimrod of Elgar's most popular symphonic orchestral work, has in this arrangement by Carlo Martelli had its original key (E flat) transposed to C for the sake of the greater sonority thus attained.
This is an adaptation by Carlo Martelli for string quartet of one of six choral songs the composer wrote while holidaying in Southern Germany. The original version was for harmonium and 4 part chorus. Elgar later orchestrated three of the songs under the title Three Bavarian Dances. For colleges, conservatories and professionals.
This piece, arranged by Bill Thorp, forms part of a group of Edward Elgar's much-loved salon pieces, that are as fresh and exquisite as when first conceived over a century ago. Chanson de Nuit evokes the (appropriately) Edwardian golden age, and will be ever-popular because it is so beautifully written.
Arranged for string quartet by Carlo Martelli, this lively piece, better known in its orchestral arrangement, is the final movement of a suite of choral songs Elgar composed while on holiday in Bavaria. For conservatories and professionals.
In a lovely arrangement by Bill Thorp, this ever popular piece forms part of a group of Edward Elgar's much-loved salon pieces, that are as fresh and exquisite as when first conceived over a century ago. The wistful Salut d'Amour nostalgically evokes the (appropriately) Edwardian golden age, and will be ever-popular because it is so beautifully written.