Thursday, June 2, 2016

Celebrating Elgar’s Big Music with Small Ensembles

Two new arrangements to mark the anniversary of Elgar's birth!

Sea Pictures, op. 37 for mezzo and string quartet

"Composer Kim Diehnelt uses subtle tricks of her craft to evoke full orchestral nuance."

…”this will make the “Sea Pictures” available for singers unable to perform with an orchestra and bring the work to a wider audience. - Hyde Park Herald - M.L. RANTALA

The details: Each instrument part includes a small clued staff above showing the vocal line and lyrics. This makes rehearsal and performances much easier to coordinate without a conductor.

Arranged for string quartet and voice. The string parts include mention of when the player is playing the line of a distinct instrument to help the player create an appropriate character and blend. For example, when the viola player is playing a solo clarinet line the part is marked with “(clar)”; the marking “loco” designates a return to string playing.

The arrangement strives to create the colors and textures of the original orchestral version. It uses sometimes ingenious combinations to achieve these colors and textures. 

“Replacing a sprawling orchestra with just four string players is a big task ….. But the arrangement is true to the original and engaging in its own right.” Hyde Park Herald - M.L. RANTALA

For advanced players as the work makes full use of each instrument, double stops, and extended ranges. Each movement sold separately and contains both score and parts.

Movements 1, 2, 4 were first performed March 2016 at the Elgar Society (North America Branch) Conference in Chicago, by the Grant Street Quartet.

This sheet music is available world-wide via Sheet Music Plus 

Symphony No. 1 in A flat Major - “Adagio” arranged for string quartet

“Even with only four voices, she was able to maintain a splendid multi-layered texture that captures the tension and the grace of the music. “Hyde Park Herald - M.L. RANTALA

The Details:  
Includes performances instructions pertaining vibrato, bow placement etc. to help achieve the sound and characters of non-string instruments.

Score and parts sold separately. For advanced players as the work makes full use of each instrument, double stops, and extended ranges.

The “Adagio” was first performed March 2016 at the Elgar Society (North America Branch) conference in Chicago, by the Grant Street Quartet.

This sheet music is available world-wide via Sheet Music Plus


It is my hope to introduce more players and listeners to the music of Elgar, and to make these beautiful works more easily programmed by singers and ensembles. 

Happy Birthday, Elgar!  

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Beacon highlights cellist Lucie Ticho

Listen to “The Beacon” radio show tomorrow, presented by the Chicago Lighthouse, on WCPT 820 AM, 7-8 am tomorrow, Saturday April 30.  My composition “Wintram” is on the program that Lucie Ticho will be presenting on Saturday May 7, 2016.

Here are the full details directly from The Chicago Lighthouse:

Our friends at “The Beacon” wrap up the month of April tomorrow (Saturday) morning with another stellar broadcast on issues of interest to people with disabilities, seniors and Veterans.  The show can be heard from 7 am to 8 am on WCPT 820-AM.

Host Bill Jurek welcomes Jim Chilsen of the Citizens Utilities Board (CUB), who’ll give us an update on what’s happening this spring in the world of utilities.  Jim will also discuss pending legislation and its impact on consumers.

Then “Beacon” contributor Sandy Murillo, who authors her own blog, conducts a thoughtful interview with Dr. Ben Ticho, a local ophthalmologist and Lighthouse supporter, and his daughter Lucie, a talented musician who is performing at a special concert on May 7th, 2016.  They will give a preview of the concert, which will be Lucie’s last in Chicago before she heads east to study in a combined Columbia University-Juilliard School program, an honor given to just 12 musicians this year.  Lucie’s family is underwriting the cost of tickets to her May 7th performance, which will take place at 6 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan Avenue.  Lighthouse staff members and program participants are invited to attend as their guests.  To RSVP and for more details, visit

Up next will be another talented “Beacon” contributor, Lainie Williams-Kleemann, who will talk about tasty and healthy smoothies on her popular “Lettuce, Turnip, the Beet” segment.

In addition, we’ll make our weekly call on “Tom’s Corner” with Tom Perski, senior vice president of rehabilitation services, and “Beacon” producer Brian Hawkins.  This week, Tom talks about free updates to the Prodigi Duo and Connect 12 devices.  Produced by HumanWare, both products are especially designed to enable people who are visually impaired to enjoy reading again.  They are among the most advanced personal vision assistants; easy to use, adaptable and portable.  Rounding out the segment will be a preview of upcoming road shows in Romeoville on May 3rd, Glenview on May 17th and Worth on May 24th.

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