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Quartet for Two Violins, Viola, and 'Cello Right Hand

Dedicated to Billie C. Nelson - for Mother's Day.

The Story

My Mom ('cello) and I (viola) have been playing together for nearly 40 years in hundreds, if not thousands of various get-togethers of all shapes and sizes. So naturally I was concerned when I heard she had fallen and hurt left arm (the one that does the fingering). It was so bad that she couldn't lift it at all.

I had recently been writing a lot of musical theater music in the pop-music genre, and it made me realize that I could make some pretty fun grooves on 'cello with only open strings. And so, for Mother's day, I went ahead and wrote a string quartet.

I've played this string quartet with my Mom and her group and it works very well for amateurs. It's also great for anyone with good musical sense who would like to try the 'cello. Note that the 'cello part is no pushover, it requires a strong sense of rhythm.

(PS: Mom's arm is much better and she's playing just as well as before.)

Parts and Score


Note: The following MP3 files were generated by synthesizer using a piano patch. They are for practice purposes only. (If anyone makes a good recording, please send it to me and I'll post it!)


Performance Notes