The 'Be-de, be-De' Quartet in G Major

The' Be-de, be - De' Quartet in G major - Flute, 2 x Clarinets and 'cello 'Tony Alcock
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The 'Be-de, be-De' Quartet in G Major - Flute, Clarinet, Viola and 'celloTony Alcock
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This straightforward, polyphonic composition by AMA was initially conceived for four saxophones,

but I think its genteel and inoffensive nature makes it more suitable for performance by a classical string quartet. However, one version provided here is an adaptation for a quartet comprising a concert flute, two clarinets and violoncello; the second version provided (with photo of AMA) is an adaptation for a quartet comprising a concert flute, one clarinet, viola and violoncello.

This pleasing photograph of a concert flutist, two clarinet players and a 'cellist was taken in summer 2017, consequently the musicians shown are not playing this piece, as it was not written then.

Concerning the choice of title - for 'Be-de. be-De',

think of a 'semiquaver, dotted quaver, semi-quaver, quaver' rhythm; all set within one 3/8 beat.

For pronouncing 'Be-de. be-De', think of the french pronunciation of the letters, 'B & D',

Suitable for  performance by students, Grade V, or above.

Spring 2018