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A new piece for piano four hands is available called Mostly Dorian

Original Music Compositions
by Carla K. Bartlett, Ph.D.


Piano Music

Mostly Dorian

Mostly Dorian is an intermediate to advanced level piece for piano four hands appropriate for recitals. It is an excellent vehicle for introducing your students to Dorian mode. You can also analyze the piece for the sections that venture into the melodic minor.
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Inspirations in C (includes free study guide)

Inspirations in C is a collection of fourteen pieces for pianists at an intermediate level that explore the tonal center of C and its related modes across contemporary styles.

While Number One is intentionally repetitive in a Minimalist style, the fourteen pieces express numerous influences - the sweet, often plaintive folk song flavors of Bertok; Mahler's delicious harmonic shifts from major to minor; Kabalevsky's playful bright staccato; the exotic tinge of a Golijov piece.
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A Paris Christmas

Third in the Musical Travel Journal series, A Paris Christmas opens up a world of holiday adventure in the brilliant French city through sparkling melodies and contemporary harmonies. Stories introducing each piece help students imagine scenes that inspired the music. These Christmas-inspired pieces are a nice supplement to traditional carols on a winter recital.
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Ripples in a Pond

A collection of fourteen original piano pieces inspired by the composer's travels in China. With a blend of pentatonic and diatonic elements, enchanting melodies, and modern harmonies, these colorful soundscapes evoke sites from Beijing to Hong Kong. Introduced by descriptions and photographs of locations in China, the book includes a CD by the composer.
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Paris Suite

First in a series of "musical travel journals," this suite presents six character pieces incorporating French Impressionism, Baroque dance, folk song, and contemporary elements. Introductions and scenic photographs set the Parisian context for each piece.
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Friendly Letters

A Collection of 10 Piano Solo Pieces

Composer Carla K. Bartlett writes “musical letters” to tell her friends how special they are. This collection assembles ten of her compositions – in styles from samba to rock and country to jazz – at the intermediate to early advanced level. The CD features Carla performing the pieces.
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Piano Postcards

A Collection of 10 Piano Solo Pieces.

These early intermediate to intermediate “piano postcards” from Carla K. Bartlett use use light classical and popular music styles to communicate feelings and hopes. The CD features Carla performing the pieces.
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Ensembles

The Long White Limousine for Percussion Ensemble

This ensemble is designed for a group of players at a variety of playing levels. Marimba player 2 has a simple ostinato figure that varies only once (measures 41-44) and at the very end. The two xylophone parts, on the other hand, have continual running sixteenth note lines that call for dexterity and precision. The vibraphone player should have experience using the sustain pedal. The other parts are at an intermediate level of difficulty.
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The Day You Left (Elegy for Kava)

Having spent 27 happy years with my beloved pet, a small Pioñus parrot named Kava, I was virtually inconsolable when she died. As is commonwith composers, an important event or an intense emotion can triggera creative response.
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Lullaby for Woodwind Quintet

The same warm, engaging lullaby for flute ensemble is here arranged for traditional Woodwind Quintet (flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, French horn, and bassoon). Each instrument gets its time to shine in this intermediate level composition. Purchase includes score and all parts.
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Lullaby for Flute Ensembles

A delightfully soothing ensemble piece for five flutes, "Lullaby" is also scored for three flutes, alto and bass flutes. At an intermediate level, the piece challenges players to internalize the subdivision of the beat and to listen carefully for balance and blend. The melody is shared by all the parts at one point or another. Purchase includes scores for both ensembles' instrumentation and all parts.
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Morning Birds

Lyrical, elegant bird song spirit is depicted in this trio for flute, Bb clarinet, and piano. The piece was composed in the last months of the life of a beloved pet bird, and her beauty and essence is reflected here. A quote from one of Barbara Kingsolver's books also provides an apt visual image for the piece: "It was a rare sort of afternoon.
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Scaramouche for Percussion Ensemble & Piano

Scaramouche (from Italian scaramuccia, literally "little skirmisher"), is a stereotypical clown character of the commedia dell'arte, the comic theatrical arts of Italian theatre. The role combined characteristics of the Zanni (servant) and the Capitano (masked henchman). Usually attired in black Spanish dress, Scaramouche was often beaten by the character Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice.
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Band & Orchestra

The Day You Left (Elegy for Kava)

Having spent 27 happy years with my beloved pet, a small Pioñus parrot named Kava, I was virtually inconsolable when she died. As is commonwith composers, an important event or an intense emotion can triggera creative response.
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Rose Parade Cha Cha for Concert Band

Looking for something spirited and fun for your intermediate concert band? Here it is a piece originally composed for the Alhambra Unified School District Band's appearance in the 2009 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and revised and expanded for concert band. As one of the directors of the AUSD Band, I wrote to amuse the young musicians with a light piece full of rhythmic verve and a moment in the sunshine for each instrument section.
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Solfeggiana

Solfeggiana is a piece for full orchestra designed for students in a school orchestra who have been studying or wish to study solfege to increase their ability to audiate, to sightread, and to play in tune.
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Music for Brass

Five Minutes of Play for Solo Bb Trumpet

I first became interested in short trumpet pieces when I responded to a call for scores from Jason Taurins, the trumpet player and composer behind the One Minute Music Project on YouTube. He was soliciting pieces of one minute duration, and I tried my hand at the challenge. And challenge it is, to create a meaningful, or perhaps at least fun, composition of 60 second duration. Here are five such attempts, all of a playful,tongue-in-trumpet spirit.
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Theme and Variations for Bb Trumpet and Tenor Trombone

This theme and set of four variations is an ideal piece for study and as a concert selection.
While contemporary in tone and harmonic content, the composition is accessible to musicians with less experience in the vagaries of modern music.
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Inspirations for Brass Quartet

This set of four pieces was taken from a collection originally composed for solo piano, Inspirations In C (Truluck Music 2015), created around the tonal center of C major and its related modes. Rendered for the rich colors of the brass quartet-- two trumpets, French horn, and tenor trombone--it is ideal for players at an intermediate level of difficulty. The pieces can be studied for their compositional interest or as concert repertoire, performed together as a suite or separately.
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Fanfare and March for Brass Octet

A spirited addition to the concert repertoire for Brass Octet, this piece includes a solemn Fanfare with a balance of consonance and dissonance, and a spunky March that opens with a jaunty theme that later veers into irregular meter and a waltz-like section before returning for an upbeat ending. Movements are appropriate played separately or together. Parts include optional 3rd trumpet for the first French horn. Intermediate/Advanced level, appropriate for advanced high school and college ensembles.
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Brass Circus for Brass Nonet

Brass Circus is an ensemble for brass nonet, 3 trumpets, 2 French horns (with alternate 4th trumpet), 2 trombones, euphonium, and tuba. It was inspired by artwork depicting the Circus in Montmartre, Paris at the turn of the 19th Century. Artists such as Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, created a mélange of action, color, and vibrant energy depicting the circus clowns, acrobats, and aerial performers of the famous circus.
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