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This collection of scores results from my conviction that many music teachers, conductors and musical associations are constantly searching for repertoire suitable for their students.. The musical material I prepare for Prima Materia could be useful in other situations and rather than leave it to gather dust (or the equivalent inside a computer) publishing it online could save someone, somewhere many hours of work.
Prima Materia thinks about music in a social context. We encourage young and “diversely young” musicians to make music together right from the beginning – at least in this way the 3-4 notes that one musician can play can be linked to another 3-4 notes played by another. In addition the scores reflect the choice of musical instrument made by the student, resulting in unusual ensembles with sometimes surprising sonorities. Not only do the scores stem from the musical forces available in that particular academic year, often they can be linked to specific performers in the sense that maybe I have an expert oboist (or marimba player) on hand. For this reason it is highly unlikely that the scores as they stand are useful to anyone: in fact the different arrangements of the same piece are a clear sign of the necessity to adapt constantly to new circumstances. This is a “work in progress” which can, and should, be continually updated – I await your suggestions.
Lastly, Prima Materia is in constant need of financial support. These scores are freely available but any contribution is gratefully received. Remember that if these scores help you save time – time is . . . time is energy, time is taking care, time is the space in which music lives.
If you require a version of a score to fit your particular needs and you have difficulty in producing it maybe we can help. Contact us.
Have a good browse and let us know your opinions.
p.s. There is now a site: henrybrownmusic.com dedicated to my own compositions and to arrangements which are made for concert settings. The scores are not free but all proceeds from sales will go directly to Prima Materia. Take a look.
Consult this database using the drop-down menus below to narrow down your search. The free search fields "titolo" ("title") and "strumenti" ("instruments") allow you to search for a specific piece, or an arrangement that contains one or more specific tools (pay attention to how you type the words).
Click on the title of a piece to access complete information and related score files. Click on a column heading to sort the results according to that attribute.