Tuesday, February 27, 2018

First Sale of "Reconstructed" Haydn Announced!

Ben Ayotte of Ayotte Custom Musical Engraving sent out the good news over Facebook on 27 February: << Shout out to my friend Lenny Cavallaro, whose reconstruction of Haydn's Clavier Concertino in C Major (Hob. XVIII: 5) just sold its first unit on Sheet Music Plus! >>

While other compositions, notably my English horn (cor anglais) pieces, have had a number of sales, I take particular joy in this one. It was my desire to see this particular work in print that prompted me to seek publishers more than seven years ago, and I am both profoundly grateful and truly gratified by this result. I hope others will follow!

Friday, November 3, 2017

My "Reconstructed" Haydn Concerto Is Now Available!

Ayotte Custom Musical Engraving accepted my submission and has recently released my "reconstruction" of Haydn's Clavier Concerto in C Major, Hob. XVIII:5. It is available here: https://www.ayottemusic.com/products/4166-haydn-clavier-concerto-in-c-major-hob-xviii-5-reconstructed-by-lenny-cavallaro/

I am most delighted by this latest publication, as it was very much on my mind when I began the project more than nine years ago. I submit my Preface to the volume below.

Joseph Haydn's keyboard concerti include some rather short works, for which the designation "concertino" is probably more accurate. I have even heard the less flattering term, "toy concerto." Nevertheless, this C Major composition is a charming little piece and truly deserves an occasional performance, if only as a novelty. 

Haydn scored the "orchestra" simply for first and second violins plus cello. Since it is quite likely the concerto was intended for harpsichord, the accompaniment may have required as few as three musicians. Naturally, I had a somewhat larger force in mind, thinking originally of seven (paired first and second violins, with one each of viola, cello, and bass), and I eventually performed the concerto accompanied by 28 strings. That said, it would surely "work" with just a string quartet, even as Mozart's 12th, 13th, and 14th piano concerti are sometimes played!

My changes were generally rather minimal. I "corrected" a couple of chords from the original score (Nagels Edition), mostly in the second movement. The bass part is merely the cello part, doubled an octave lower, while the viola part either doubles an inner voice or enriches the harmony. 

My only audacious gesture comes in the first movement. In m. 76, Haydn's development passes very briefly through a six-four chord, resolving quickly to the dominant harmony and proceeding thence into the recapitulation in the tonic key at m. 77. I extended the passage by inserting a ritardando a few beats earlier and then placing a fermata over the six-four chord. This enabled me to interpolate a piano cadenza, very much in the style of Haydn, though hardly where we should expect to find it! However, there was no other place to add one without damage to the structure of the movement.

The bowings for strings are somewhat inconsistent in the Nagels original, and while I have copied these precisely (save for the viola part), I feel they are best left to the good judgment of the conductor and/or concertmaster. I have also changed one figuration from the original, in the interest of simplicity. Where (in the first movement) we find a half-beat consisting of two thirty-second notes plus a sixteenth-note, I have rescored these as three sextuplets. [NB: Some musicologists maintain that the figuration I replaced should in fact be executed precisely as I have revised them!]. 

These points aside, the music remains Haydn's. I can only hope that my modest efforts have elevated the work somewhat closer to full "concerto" status.

Friday, August 18, 2017

"Suggested Changes" to 4th of Schubert's Moments Musicaux

My "suggested changes" to this work are at long last available (a free pdf file). Again, I shall thank any keyboard players who wish to give them a try. Here's the link:


Thursday, August 17, 2017

My "Suggested Changes" to B Minor French Suite

My audacious "suggested changes" to the B minor French Suite (Bach) are now available (and free) online. I shall, of course, welcome any comments. Many thanks in particular to the keyboard players who may wish to read through this.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Nine Songs by Alfonso Cavallaro Uploaded

At long last, these "trifles," as my father described them, are ready to share.  The descriptions on my Youtube channel provide considerably more information.  The links are as follows:

Six Neapolitan Songs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHfG_JqJjYI

There English Songs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gFVCV2-9WE

I should note that I transcribed one of the Neapolitan Songs -- "Canzone a Maria" -- for piano solo, and two of the English songs -- "Tears" and "A Man-Child's Lullaby" -- for oboe (or flute) and piano.  In fact, my father's Op. Posthumous 1 includes yet another song, "Far Away," also for oboe (or flute) and piano.  This, however, was never recorded for voice because of problems with the text.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Partita in B-flat for Unaccompanied Bassoon Is Online

Robert Rønnes has recorded my partita, and both he and I have uploaded to our respective Youtube channels:

Robert’s performance is, of course, quite romantic in nature, perhaps more than I had in mind for a baroque composition.  On the other hand, he offers some wonderful nuances on the repeats and plays most expressively. 

I should append that the work has also been arranged (with minor modifications, including a transposition to D Major) for unaccompanied bass.  This alternative has not yet been recorded. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Partita #1 in E Minor Is on The Handel Harpsichord Room!

I am truly honored that Fernando de Luca has included my work along with those of my distinguished colleagues, all writing baroque music in the 21st century.  If the viewer hits the "Play All" link on the left (just below the art work), he/she will find some amazing "new" old compositions!  Also worth catching is the introduction (in English, as well as Italian!) link, which offers background information about Fernando's "Handel Harpsichord Room" and his many recordings thereon.
(1) The link to compositions:   http://www.saladelcembalo.org/archivio/a2016_06.htm

(2) The link to the introduction (and other links):  http://www.saladelcembalo.org/intro.htm