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A collection of ensemble sheet music is available for downloading. Click a link in the Score and Parts column below to display a PDF for the score or for an individual part. To save a PDF to your computer, choose Save As... from the File menu in Adobe Reader. To print a PDF, choose Print... from the File menu in Adobe Reader. Or you may print from your computer after saving the PDF. If you do not have Adobe Reader, click here to download and install the latest version.

These files are provided courtesy of Pacific Northwest Viols for all lovers of viol music. They may be freely downloaded and copied for educational or personal use; for non-commercial use only. Click here to submit questions or comments about the sheet music offered in the table below.






Index to Music by Composer
Composer, Selection Description Score
and Parts
Ayton, Will

Fantasia on
“Ah, Robin”

This fantasia on the famous canon, “Ah, Robin” by William Cornysh, was written for the Composers’ Round Robin class at the VdGSA 2011 conclave. Anyone unfamiliar with the original may find several sheet music versions on the CPDL website, and a performance may be heard on YouTube. The second line was intended for a treble viol, but it is also within tenor range if the player isn’t daunted by the high E-flat.

  Score

  Treble 1 and Treble 2

  Treble 1 and Tenor 1

  Tenor 2 and Bass
Ayton, Will

Fantasia on “Pastime With Good Company”

This piece was commissioned by
Pacific Northwest Viols to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of our founding. The theme was selected from among ones suggested by the members. Its first performance was conducted by the composer at the final Play Day of our 2007-2008 anniversary season.

  Score

  Treble 1

  Treble 2 or
  Tenor 1

  Tenor 2

  Bass
Barron, Marshall

She’s Like a Swallow

A gentle arrangement for tr/tr/Tn/B viols of a haunting Celtic Newfoundland folk song. Performing score.

  Score
Bishop, Martha

Ceremonial March
of the Gambas

A stately march scored for a quartet consisting of two treble viols, tenor viol, and bass.

  Score
Bishop, Martha

Reverie for Viols

This gentle piece has been a workshop hit wherever it has been played.

  Score

  Treble 1

  Treble 2

  Tenor

  Bass
Bishop, Martha

Saraband for Three Bass Viols

Composed for a class “Beautiful Basses” at Mountain Collegium for varying levels of players. The middle line is the easiest. The second score, “Sarabande for Friends,” is a performing score for treble, tenor, and bass viol provided as an alternative to the three-bass version.

  Score 1

  Score 2
Bishop, Martha

Weeping Viols

Composed for an all-bass technique class, this meditative paraphrase of the “Lachrymae” theme works well with tenors on the top and middle lines. It is also possible to play the top line with a treble viol, giving it a chance to use those expensive lower strings that rarely get bowed.

  Score

  Treble 1 or
  Tenor 1

  Tenor 2 or
  Bass 2

  Bass 3
Campian, Robert

Never
Weather-Beaten Sail

One of Campian’s most haunting lute songs in an easy arrangement for viol quartet. Performing score.

  Score
East, Michael

Duets for Bass Viol
from “The Seventh Set of Books” (1638)

The eight two-part fantasias from East’s final set of part books, published in his lifetime, are lively dialogs in which the two instruments are treated as equals. Performing score.

  Score
Fauré, Gabriel

Pie Jesu
from
Requiem in D Minor
Marie Dalby’s beautiful arrangement of this 20th Century masterpiece was an instant hit when it was played in the Student Concert at the 2009 VdGSA Conclave. She has generously offered to share it with us, for all to enjoy.   Score

  Treble 1

  Treble 2

  Tenor 1

  Tenor 2

  Bass 1

  Bass 2
Morley, Thomas

Canzonets, Vol. 1

Six conzonets from the first volume of “Short Songs to Three Voices” composed in 1593.

  Treble 1

  Treble 2

  Bass, Alto clef

  Bass, F8 clef
Morley, Thomas

Sacred End
Pavanne and Galliard

When Ray Nurse presented these rare pieces to our group at the March 8, 2008 Play Day, they were a huge hit. He has generously made the performing score available with an interesting historical note.

  Historical Note

  Score
Nagel, Charles

Spring Sunrise

This little mood piece was written as a “birthday present” for the PNV fifteenth anniversary celebration. It was suggested by the sun rising over Puget Sound and the gradual dispersal of the mist as it appeared above the Cascade Mountains.

  Score with
alto clefs


  Score with
G clefs


  Treble

  Tenor 1

  Tenor 2

  Bass
da Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi

Quia Vidisti Me, Thoma

For the text of this lyrical motet for four voices, Palestrina has used John 20:29:

“Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.”

The second line fits well on either a treble or tenor viol.

  Score

  Treble 1

  Tenor 1 or

  Treble 2

  Tenor 2

  Bass
da Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi

Sicut Cervus

The text of this serene motet is a Latin translation of Psalm 42:

“As the deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O Lord.”

This piece is regarded by some as one of the finest examples of late Renaissance polyphony.

  Score

  Treble

  Tenor 1

  Tenor 2

  Bass
Scarlatti,
Allessandro


Exultate Deo
(Psalm 81)
Scarlatti uses a minimum of text in this sunny baroque motet. The literal Latin translation is:

“Praise the Lord, our helper /
Alleluia / Rejoice for the God of Jacob.”


The English version in the King James translation is the more familiar “make a joyful noise...”
  Score

  Treble 1

  Tenor 1 or

  Treble 2

  Tenor 2

  Bass
du Tertre, Estienne

Three French Dances

These French dances, reconstructed from lute pieces, were probably composed for the wedding of Queen Mary of Scotland to the Dauphin of France. Performing score.

  Score
de Victoria,
Thomás Luis


Veni Creator Spiritus
(Come Holy Ghost, Creator...)
This hymn for four voices is Victoria's extended musical meditation on a Gregorian chant, “Veni Creator.” The 39-measure trio for two tenor viols and bass viol in the center of the piece is like a rich, dark chocolate truffle filling of a splendid confection.   Score

  Treble

  Tenor 1

  Tenor 2

  Bass

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