Prelude in B flat minor (Lyadov) [Version in A minor] (Piano & Solo String / Descant & Tenor Recorder)

By: Anatoly Lyadov
For: Solo Descant Recorder + piano
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Anatoly Lyadov
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Difficult (Grades 7+)
2 minutes
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A short while ago, I came across this little piano miniature by Russian composer Anatoly Lyadov.

I edited a version of which, which is now included in my PRB Music Piano Series on Score Exchange.

It is such a haunting little melody - a true 'song without words' - that I thought I'd arrange it for Clarinet and Piano. I have largely kept to the original, but have added a few embellishments, and minor tweaks to allow for the melody now being played on a wind instrument.

I then got to think that the melody really sounded fine, not just on the clarinet, but an other woodwind instruments, members of the brass, and saxophone families respectively.

What you have here is my original arrangement but transposed down a semitone to A minor. This key is better suited to Strings than a 5-flat key. This was also true for the Descant and Tenor Recorder, but the original key actually sits better with the Treble and Sopranino Recorders, and, by association, the Bass, for which I have included a separate part.The List of Parts currently show what is available in either transposition, but it is the simplest matter to provide a version virtually for any suitable instrument - appropriately transposed, and amended to fit their respective range and character. Just let me know if, for example, a part is missing, or, whether you might prefer a transposition based either on orchestral practices, or brass band conventions - or even any exotic instrument that Sibelius can accommodate!

It goes without saying that there are two Piano Scores - one in the original B flat minor, and the other in A minor. These must be used with the correct solo part, unless you're looking to 'spice' things up somewhat!.

The piece could provide a very short 'interval' in a longer programme, or even an encore, perhaps where two contrasting ones are given.

Here is a link to the original version in B flat minor.

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