Little Pieces for strings, op. 19b (1960)
first performance of the Three Little Pieces took place in May 1960 as
part of the Whitsun Conference of the Institute For Contemporary Music And Music
Education in Darmstadt. It was performed by an orchestra of students of the Darmstadt
Music Academy, conducted by Walter Kolneder.
N. Simrock Hamburg-London (Boosey & Hawkes) EE 5329 / ISMN M-2211-2120-2
EE 5329, 2006)
order to provide his young cello pupils with an effective performance piece, Bertold
Hummel wrote his Little Suite for cello and piano
in the year 1956. Since its publication in 1976 (Simrock EE 2954), the work has
been one of the most successful set pieces in this genre, along with Hummel's
adaptation for viola and piano written in
1990 (Simrock EE 2954a).
In 1960, my father extended and orchestrated the work
in compliance with the wishes of the publisher, Bernhard Bosse, who edited it
for strings in the same year under the title Three Little Pieces. The striking
themes and rhythms of the three unequal character pieces, now entitled Intrada
- Melodia -Capriccio, allow both performers and listeners to get into the
swing of contemporary music. The moderate level of the work enables even musicians
with limited command of their instrument's ranges to enjoy playing in an ensemble.
this new edition, the numerous youth and amateur orchestras that are looking for
music which not only sounds good but also meets their level once again have such
work at their disposal. It is a work that, even 50 years after it was written,
has not lost any of its freshness and vitality.
Three Little Pieces for strings are an early work, composed by Bertold
Hummel out of pure joy in music-making. This composition is deliberately kept
at a technical level that enables an amateur orchestra to perform it.
the programme of the Chamber Orchestra of Basle Chemicals, Muttenz, 12.11.1975)
Little Pieces for Strings are an early work, composed by Bertold Hummel for the
joy of music-making. The degree of difficulty of this composition has intentionally
been kept such that it can easily be performed even by amateur orchestras.
was not beneath the composer to write for the young people three little pieces
suitable for strings and tailor-made for the perfectly developed tonal body,'
wrote the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
The carefully revised
and newly edited work, published by Simrock, will be a real find for curious chamber
musicians and concert organizers.
2007, Boosey & Hawkes / Schott)
Allgemeine Zeitung, 18th November, 1977
composer from Würzburg was not too fine for the practical task of providing
the young players with three tailor-made pieces for lively music-making, written
well for the strings of the astonishingly accomplished ensemble.