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Title: Duets for Bea  (from 40″ to 1′, 25″

Scored for: Viols (Tn. & B., or Trb. & Tn.)

Available from:  aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: AWP0002

Level: Elementary to upper intermediate          

Description: These 12 two-part pieces were written to be used in teaching.  They progress in difficulty and explore various technical aspects of playing in a musical setting.

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Title: Fragments from Fitzwilliam, Duets for Willie & Will

Scored for: Viols (Trb. & B.) – Parts available.

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: No. 6: AWP0006

Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced

Description: These 8 duets are all based, more or less, on bits and pieces of melodies taken from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Vols. I & II

  1. From: Allemanda (c. 2′, 10″)
  2. From: Felix Namque (c. 3′, 30″)
  3. From: Fantasia (Faire Wether theme) (c. 4′, 05″)
  4. From: A Gigg (c. 2′, 23″)
  5. From: Treg[ian’s] Ground (c. 4′, 30″)
  6. Variations on: Quodlings Deligh(c. 3′, 55″)
  7. From: Robin (c. 4′, 15″)
  8. From: The Carmans Whistl(c. 2′, 38″)

 

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Title: Reflections on Choral Tunes

Scored for: Viols (Trb.1, Trb.2 or Tn.1,Tn.2 & B.) – Parts available.

Available from:  aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: No. 7: AWP0007

Level: Upper Intermediate

Description: These three pieces are four-part settings of three of the most famous choral tunes.  They are rather free in form, each ending with clear restatement of the complete tune.

  1. Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott (c. 4′, 55″)
  2. O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (c. 4′, 22″)
  3. Nun danket alle Gott (c. 3′, 50″)

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Title: Music for Viol Consort a5, For Grace

Scored for: Viols (Trb.1, Trb .2, Tn.1, Tn.2 & B.) – Parts available.

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: No. 8: AWP0008

Level:  Upper intermediate to advanced.           

Description: This set of five-part consort pieces consists of four fantasias and a set of three dance pieces.

  1. Fantasia No. 1 a5 (c. 4′)
  2. Fantasia No. 2 a5 (c. 5′, 22″)
  3. Fantasia No. 3 (On Dowland’s “Weep You No More Sad Fountains”) (c. 4′, 32″)
  4. Fantasia No. 4 (On a phrase of Richard Zico (c. 4′, 55″)
  5. Three Dances a5
    1. Alman (c. 2′)
    2. Galliard (c. 2′, 15″)
    3. Pavan (c. 2′, 43″)

 

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Title: Preludes for Solo Viol  (from c. 1′, 15″ to 2′ or so)

Scored for:  Solo Viols (B. or Tn.)

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.comt

Catalog: AWP0009

Level:   Intermediate to Advanced           

Description: These solos are intended to be either in the form of improvisations (to “prelude”) or as etudes (to be used as study pieces).

 

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Title: Duets for Lisa and Friends (from c. 1′ to 2′ or so)

Scored for:  Viols (B. & B. or Tn. & Tn.)

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: AWP0010

Level: Elementary to High Intermediate

Description: These 12 two-part pieces were written to be used in teaching.  They progress in difficulty and explore various technical aspects of playing in a musical setting.

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Title: Fantasies on Dowland Lute Songs, Vol. 1

Scored for:  Viols (Trb.1, Trb.2, Tn. & B.) – Parts available.

Catalog: AWP0011

Available from:  aytonw1@gmail.comt

Level: High Intermediate to advanced   

Description: Four fantasias on four Dowland lute song melodies.  Also included are transcriptions for voice and viols (Trb.1, Trb.2, Tn. & B.) of the original lute songs.

  1. Shall I Sue (c. 4′, 25″)
  2. Flow My Tears (c. 5′, 25″)
  3. Dear, If You change (c. 5′, 10″)
  4. Weep You No More (c. 4′, 25″)

 

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Title: Music for Three Viols,

Scored for:  Viols (Trb., Tn. & B.) – Parts available.

Available from: prbmusic.com

Catalog: PRB Productions, Contemporary Consort Series No. 35

Level: High Intermediate  

Description: These three-part fantasias explore various approaches to harmony, meter and texture as well as thematic development.

  1. Fantasia on ‘La Rosa Enflorece’ (c. 2′, 50″)
  2. Fantasia on an Iberian Theme (c. 3′)
  3. Prelude and Fugue (c. 3′, 15″) & (c. 5′, 35″)

 

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Title:  Four By Four, Four Consorts for Viol Quartet

Scored for:  Viols (Trb., Tn.1, Tn.2, & B.) – Parts available.

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Catalog: PRB Productions, Contemporary Consort Series No. 39

Level: High Intermediate to Advanced   

Description:  These four-part pieces explore traditional contrapuntal techniques, studies in variation form, and techniques of thematic paraphrase.

  1. Fantasia (c. 3′, 45″)
  2. Echoes From The Irishe Ho-Hoane (c. 4′, 10″)
  3. Fantasia on a Theme of Henry Purcell (c. 5′, 05″)
  4. Fantasia on If My Complaints (theme by John Dowland) (c. 3′, 10″)

 

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Title:  Four Song Settings

Scored for:  Mezzo Sop. Voice & Viols (Trb., Tn. & B.) – Parts available.

Available from: prbmusic.com

Catalog: PRB Productions, Contemporary Vocal Series No. 7

Level: High Intermediate    

Description: These pieces are settings of famous melodies presented with new accompaniments  for viols.

  1. Go Crystal Tears (melody by John Dowland) (c. 4′, 40″)
  2. Rest Sweet Nimphs (melody by Francis Pilkington) (c. 4′, 20″)
  3. Coventry Carol Fantasia (melody by Robert Croo) (c. 3′, 49″)
  4. Go Down Moses (Spiritual melody) (c. 2′, 25″)

 

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Title: Meditations for Solo Bass Viol

Scored for:  Bass Viol

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: AWP0012

Level: Advanced

Description: These Meditations are, as it were, written-out improvisations.

  1. Meditation No. 1 (c. 3′, 05″)
  2. Meditation No. 2 (c. 2′, 35″)
  3. Meditation No. 3 (c. 4′)

 

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Title: Trios for Friends (from c. 1′, 20″ to 2′, 12″ or so)

Scored for:  Viols (Trb., Tn. & B.)

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: AWP0013

Level: Progressive – Elementary to high intermediate.

Description: These 12 three-part pieces were written to be used in teaching.  They progress in difficulty and explore various technical aspects of playing in a musical setting.

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Title: Trios for G.W. & W. (from 1′, 40″ to 2′, 45″ or so)

Scored for:  Viols (Trb., B.1 or Tn. & B.2)

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: AWP0014

Level: Progressive – Elementary to high intermediate.

Description: These 12 three-part pieces were written to be used in teaching.  They progress in difficulty and explore various technical aspects of playing in a musical setting.

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Title: Duets for G. & W.  (from c. 1′ to 3′, 45″ or so)

Scored for:  Viols (B.1 & B.2 or Tn.1 & Tn.2)

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: AWP0017

Level: Progressive – Elementary to high intermediate.

Description: These 12 two-part pieces were written to be used in teaching.  They progress in difficulty and explore various technical aspects of playing in a musical setting.

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Title: Four Fantasias on Four Favored Tunes

Scored for:  Viols (Trb.1, Trb.2 or Tn.1, Tn.2 & B) – Parts available.

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Catalog: AWP0023

Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced.

Description: These fantasias are based on some of the most well known tunes of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance

  1. Ah Robin (c. 3′, 35″)
  2. Three Ravens (c. 3′, 25″)
  3. Pastime With Good Company (c. 3′, 30″)
  4. In Nomine (c. 5′, 25″)

 

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Title: Fantasia on “Ah, Robin” (c. 3′, 35″)

Scored for:  for Viols (Trb.1, Trb.2 or Tn.1, Tn.2 7 B.) – Parts available.

Available from: pnviols.org; aytonw1@gmail.com (Also included in Four Fantasias on Four Favored Tunes.)

Level: Intermediate to Upper Intermediate

Description:  This fantasia was written for the Composer’s Round Robin, at the VdGSA 2011 Conclave.  It based on the famous English Renaissance tune of the same name.

 

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Title: Fantasia on “Pastime With Good Company” (c. 3′, 30″)

Scored for:  for Viols (Trb.1, Trb.2 or Tn.1 , Tn.2,  & B.) – Parts available.   

Available frompnviols.org; aytonw1@gmail.com (Also included in Four Fantasias on Four Favored Tunes.)

Level: Intermediate to Upper Intermediate

Description:  This fantasia was commissioned by Pacific Northwest Viols to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their founding.  It is based on the famous English Renaissance tune of the same name.

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Title: Fantasia a4, In Homage to Henry Purcell (c. 5′, 25″)

Scored for:  for Viols (Trb.1, Trb.2, Tn. & B.) – Parts available.

Available from: vdgsa.org

Level: Upper intermediate to advanced

Description:   This fantasia explores the various techniques found in Renaissance Fantasias for viol.

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Title: Fantasia on ‘Ye Sacred Muses’ (c. 5′, 45″)

Scored for:  Viols (Trb., 1, Trb.2, Tn. 1, Tn. 2 & B.) – Parts available.

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Catalog: AWP0019

Level: High Intermediate to advanced

Description: This fantasia is based on William Byrd’s elegy on the death of Thomas Tallis.

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Title: Lachrimae Fantasia

Version 1 Scored for:  Viols: (Trb.1, Trb.2 (or Alto), Tn., B.1 & B.2.) & Lute. (c. 6′, 40″)

Version 2  Scored for: Viols (Trb.1, Trb.2 (or Alto), Tn., B.1 & B.2.) – no lute. (c. 7′, 40″)

– Parts available.

Inquire at: aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: AWP0021

Level: Advanced

Description: There are two versions of this fantasia, one with lute and the other without lute.  This fantasia is based on the famous Lachrimae theme by John Dowland.

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Title: Variations On A Theme by Jean (c. 5′, 25″)

Scored for: Viols (Trb. &  B.) – Parts available.

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Catalog: AWP0022

Level: Advanced

Description: This is a set of variations upon a theme given to me by Jean Henderson.

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Title: Fantasies on Dowland Lute Songs, Vol 2

Scored for:  Viols (Trb.1, Trb.2, Tn. & B.) – Parts available.

Catalog: AWP0028

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.com

Level: High Intermediate to advanced   

Description: Four fantasias on four Dowland lute song melodies.  Also included are transcriptions for voice and viols (Trb.1, Trb.2, Tn. & B.) of the original lute songs.

  1. Who Ever Thinks Or Hops of Love (c. 4′, 25″)
  2. It Was A Time When Silly Bees (c. 3′, 40″)
  3. His Golden Locks (c. 4′, 25″)
  4. Go Crystal Tears (c. 7′, 15″)

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Title: Clouds (c. 6′, 50″)

Scored for:  Viols (Trb., 1, Trb.2, Tn. 1, Tn. 2 , B.1 & B.2) – Parts available.

Available from: aytonw1@gmail.com

Catalog: AWP0037

Level: High Intermediate to advanced

Description:  This starts out with an a4 Pavan.  The Pavan then repeats with a new vagan line for another bass viol.  In the third section, the pavan and the bass vagan line repeat with a new vagan line for another treble viol.

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Title: Six Fantasias for Six Viols

Scored for:  a6 Viols (Trb., 1, Trb.2, Tn. 1, Tn. 2 , B.1 & B.2) – Parts available.

Catalog: PRB Productions, Contemporary Consort Series No. 88 & No. 93

Available from: prbmusic.com

Level: Advanced   

Description:  These six fantasias for viols were inspired by Martha Bishop.  They owe much to the legacy of Jenkins and Lawes, and other wonderful composers of the English Renaissance viol consort tradition.

Volume 1 (No. 88 in the series)

  1. Fantasia a6 no. 1 (c. 5′, 40″)
  2. Fantasia a6 no. 2 (c. 4′, 50″)
  3. Fantasia a6 no. 3  (c. 5′, 45″)

Volume 2 (No. 93 in the series)

  1. Fantasia a6 no. 4  (c. 5′, 05″)
  2. Fantasia a6 no. 5  (c. 6′, 40″)
  3. Fantasia a6 no. 6  (c. 4′, 45″)

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Title: An AMB-itious Undertaking, Ayton, Mead & Bishop

Scored for:  a3 Viols (Trb., Tn. & B)

Available from: The Viola da Gamba Society of America

Level: Advanced

Description: These three connected fantasias were written “by committee” for the VdGSA’s Operation Build a Bass Viol.  Each employs the basic theme of (sol re la mi sol ut mi fa la mi sol – as realized by Sarah Mead) in various ways. As the title indicates, the three composers were Will Ayton, Sarah Mead and Martha Bishop.

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