Traditional Pieces


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Traditional Pieces
  • Four pieces arranged for piano, chamber ensemble, and orchestra
  • Running time: 14 minutes

The Fiddler of Balleykeel (running time 2:30)
Tiefer und Tiefer (running time 2:50)
Ewig Du (running time 3:50)
Ehemals (running time 5:00)

Versions for string quartet, string quintet, or string orchestra. May be performed separately. Solo piano versions are available.

Raise the colors (running time 1:50)

Orchestration: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 3 percussion. A solo piano version is available. 

Tiefer und Tiefer

Conrad Tao, piano


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“Getty’s lovely Four Traditional Pieces opened the program in a performance of disarming sonorities. Each episode in the quartet explores harmonic conventions through a distinctly nostalgic lens; the music’s echoes of vivacious dance tunes and sweet, folk-tinged melodies recall the parlor songs of a bygone era.”

Georgia Rowe
San Francisco Classical Voice, 2012

“A beauty is Tiefer und Tiefer for strings. What a splendid intense sounding simplicity…With The Fiddler of Ballykeel he refers catchingly to a neighbourhood near Belfast where his ancestors came from. Raising the Colors is a beautiful fanfare-like encore for brass, virtuoso finished with wood and strings.”

Hans Visser
Gooi en Eemlander, 2010