The 1986 smash hit and worldwide Number 1, ‘The Final Countdown’ by Sweden’s Europe. This arrangement for cello quartet (with optional double bass) is perfect for school groups and professional ensembles. The Cello 1 part has tenor clef (approx Grade 6 standard), but has an ossia part underneath an octave lower in bass clef making the whole ensemble playable by grade 5 and under. There are challenges in most parts, and the double bass part sounds great played on electric bass (just ask a drummer to join you for a full rock band effect). Arranged by professional cellist, arranger and teacher Dury Loveridge, this is a tried and tested arrangement.
Leonard Cohen’s beautiful ‘Hallelujah’ carefully transcribed for cello or lower string ensemble. This arrangement is written for four cellos with an optional double bass part, but you could also omit cello 2 to form a cello trio. The cello 1 part has tenor clef in it (approx. Grade 6 standard), but there is an ossia for the highest section written an octave lower. The arrangement has a gentle sound, but the arpeggio cello 3 part is reminiscent of the Jeff Buckley version. This is a tried and tested arrangement perfect for schools, arranged by professional cellist, arranger and teacher Dury Loveridge.
The Mark Ronson / Bruno Mars hit arranged for cello quartet or lower string ensemble. All four cello parts (with the fourth part included as an optional double bass part) are in bass clef throughout, and go no higher than 4th position and the octave harmonic. Arranged by a professional composer, cellist and teacher, this a a true-to-the-original arrangement that works well for school groups and professionals alike.
The Black Eyed Peas massive hit ‘I Gotta a Feeling’ arranged for cello quartet. Perfect for school groups, adults or professionals, this is true to the original song with a driving beat throughout. There are some bars in tenor clef in the cello 1 and cello 2 parts, but nothing higher than an octave above middle c (Grade 6/7). Arranged by professional cellist, arranger and teacher Dury Loveridge.
Ed Sheeran’s massive hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’ arranged for cello quartet. The first cello part is in tenor clef to help with reading, but goes no higher than the ‘b’ above the harmonic so is suitable for grade 6/7 players. This remains true to the simplicity of the original song with little added, but is perfect for concerts and school ensembles.