The Danish String Quartet is a classical string quartet with a passion for Nordic folk music. They’ve brought their unique arrangements of Scandinavian folk tunes to the concert stage and recorded them on a highly successful CD. Now, due to popular demand, sheet music of these meticulously crafted arrangments is being made available for the first time in a carefully prepared edition. We hope you enjoy it.
We will be making the arrangements available for purchase individually via our webshop during the course of the coming week (26). In the mean time PDFs of both the complete collection and individual arrangements can be ordered by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The beautiful print edition, printed on high quality paper, can be yours for just the price of postage over and above the cost of the digital version.
Five Sheep, Four Goats
We have no idea how this old Danish tune got this name, but we simply love it. It is unpretentious and honest, just like the melody. A very important performance note for this tune is to maintain a strong feeling of the ‘backbeat’ all the way through.
This arrangement of Five Sheep, Four Goats is for string quartet. When we recorded Wood Works, we dubbed over ourselves so that what you hear is the sound of three string quartets. We have also made a version in which we have altered the three-string-quartet arrangement slightly to make it suitable for a string orchestra to play. There are two solo quartets, and it is built up so that parts 1–4 are for the more advanced players and parts 5–8 are slightly easier. Next to these two solo quartets, we have made orchestra parts that can be played by beginners.
Contact us at email@example.com for more information regarding hire of the version for two quartets and string orchestra.
Score: DKK 50,-
Parts: DKK 80,-
Score & Parts: DKK 100,- (Save DKK 30)
(All prices excluding sales tax)
We are first and foremost a classical string quartet, we spend most of our time playing music by masters such as Beethoven and Bartok. Alongside this repertoire though, we’ve been digging into the roots of our local music tradition – Nordic folk music. For us traditional Nordic folk music is unique. It may reflect a different, simpler time, but we find this music incredibly relevant and meaningful to play. For several years, we experimented with bringing this music to the concert stage as a classical string quartet.
In September 2013 we decided to spend a week in the Danish countryside arranging and recording a handful of our favourite tunes. The setup was simple: we had no recording label, no long term plan, and we just barely managed to cover the costs via a crowdfunding campaign. Following the completion of recording, we sent it to Dacapo Records, and they liked what they heard. Wood Works became a reality!
It is hard for us to believe that this project would go so far. We have performed the music from Wood Works in venues all over the world, from traditional folk music festivals and alternative clubs to the most distinguished classical venues and concert halls imaginable. We have performed it on television and radio programs in several countries, Starbucks is presently rotating the album in their coffee shops and there’s talk about using the music on the soundtrack of a Nordic-themed computer game.
Over time, we’ve received numerous requests to publish our arrangements. It took us a while to gather all the scraps of paper together, but we are now proud to present the sheet music for the arrangements of Wood Works – including an extra bonus tune.
Feel free to dig in! We hope you will enjoy these wonderful tunes as much as we do.