Planning on getting hitched this year? Then you might fancy having a string quartet playing at your wedding. And if you do, then doubtless your quartet will need some music…
Look no further, come and visit Westminster Music Library, because we’ve just added some of the most famous and best loved classical works of all time to our printed music collection, each one brilliantly arranged for string quartet by Carlo Martelli. Born in London in 1935 into a working-class family (his father – born in 1887 – came to Britain in 1907 from Northern Italy to seek work as a waiter), Carlo was brought up in Walworth and Richmond. He became one of the most admired young composers in Britain while still in his teens, and for many years, his string quartet entertained diners at the original ‘Pizza Express’ restaurant in London’s Soho.
He set about arranging music for his string quartet, arrangements that are now widely recognised as some of the finest around. Here are just a few of the titles we have available:
- J.S. Bach Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring
- Beethoven Adagio from piano sonata no. 8 (“Pathetique“)
- Debussy Clair de lune
- Ravel Bolero
- Saint–Saëns The Swan
- Tchaikovsky Nutcracker ballet suite
- Wagner/Mendelssohn Wedding marches
And even if you’re not getting married, there are plenty of other reasons to enjoy them - why not take up the violin and play them yourself?
PS: Just spotted that there’s a discount offer for Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies at the historic Marylebone Old Town Hall until the end of February!
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