"Il catalogo è questo"

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.

Henry Brown

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.

Scores Database

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.

N. cat. Titolo Sort descending Compositore Tipologia Organico Difficoltà Durata
134a 3 Pezzi Rinascimentali Strumentale 10-20 ensemble 2:00-5:00
042b 3 pieces (Entrata Reale, Rigadoun e Marcia) Handel, George Frederick Strumentale Quartetto Semplice
161a 3 Wedding Dances Ligeti, György Strumentale 10-20 ensemble Semplice 2:00-5:00
161b 3 Wedding Dances Ligeti, György Strumentale 10-20 ensemble Semplice 2:00-5:00
161c 3 Wedding Dances Ligeti, György Strumentale 10-20 ensemble Semplice 2:00-5:00
088b 4 Pezzi Bartok, Bela Strumentale 10-20 ensemble Intermedio 2:00-5:00
088c 4 Pezzi Bartok, Bela Strumentale 10-20 ensemble Intermedio 2:00-5:00
145a 4 pieces from Album for the Young Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilich Strumentale Quartetto Intermedio 2:00-5:00
105a 8 Instrumental Miniatures Stravinsky, Igor Strumentale 10-20 ensemble Intermedio 5:00-10:00
155a A Caccia dell'Orso Brown, Henry 7-10 piccola ensemble Semplice 2:00-5:00
164a A Musical Joke (1st, 2nd movements) Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Strumentale 5:00-10:00
096a A Trifle Blue Colledge Katherine Strumentale Quartetto Principianti < 2:00
096b A Trifle Blue Colledge Katherine Strumentale Sestetto Principianti < 2:00
151a Al Maya Trad. Strumentale Semplice < 2:00
153a Al Rozana Trad. Semplice 2:00-5:00
001a Alabamasong Weill, Kurt Strumentale 10-20 ensemble Intermedio 2:00-5:00
001b Alabamasong Weill, Kurt 10-20 ensemble Intermedio 2:00-5:00
001c Alabamasong Weill, Kurt 7-10 piccola ensemble Intermedio 2:00-5:00
002a Allegro Lully, Jean-Baptiste Strumentale Semplice < 2:00
066b America Bernstein, Leonard Orchestrale 5:00-10:00
030a Aquarium Saint-Saens, Camille Strumentale 7-10 piccola ensemble < 2:00
167 Atom Heart Mother Pink Floyd Orchestrale Avanzato > 30:00
003a Au Clair de la Lune Trad. Strumentale 7-10 piccola ensemble Principianti < 2:00
003b Au Clair de la Lune Trad. Strumentale 7-10 piccola ensemble Principianti < 2:00
099a Ausencia Bregovic, Goran Strumentale 7-10 piccola ensemble Avanzato 2:00-5:00