Carlo Martelli has employed great skill in capturing the oriental flavour of the piece. Originally for piano duet but better known in its orchestral version.
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.
Originally written as a piano duet for children, this limpid music was later orchestrated and produced as a ballet. The music loses none of its beauty and charm in this masterful arrangement by Carlo Martelli for string quartet. For colleges, conservatories and professionals.
The work from which this arrangement for string quartet by Carlo Martelli was taken was originally a suite for piano, written in free imitation of the style of Couperin. It is perhaps best known in the orchestral version made by the composer.
The Rigaudon is a lively jumping quickstep for couples that was fashionable in 18th century France. This arrangement by Carlo Martelli is one of six movements of a suite composed for piano by Ravel in free imitation of the style of Couperin. Ideal for colleges, conservatories and professionals.
This arrangement by Carlo Martelli is one of six movements of a suite composed for piano by Ravel in free imitation of the style of Couperin. It is perhaps best known in the orchestral version made by the composer.