Traditional Fiddle Tunes: “Hunting the Hare”: For Cello

This very simple little traditional fiddle tune, here transcribed for cello, is presented in a sequence of four different interconnected variants (styles). The notes in the four variants are always identical but the tempo and the articulations of melody and accompaniment change, each variant being increasingly lively. We start off with a slow, very gentle, lilting dotted rendition and finish with a top-speed “ice-skating” version. It is as though our little rabbit (hare) starts off in a very peaceful, tranquil mood, but then has to run faster and faster to escape from the hunt.

The piece is presented here in several different versions:

Here below are the downloadable/printable sheet music parts. Print on A4-size paper with no margins for best results.

  1. For Cello and Chordal Accompaniment: CELLO PART
  2.       For Cello and Chordal Accompaniment: PIANO SCORE
  1. Equal Duo for Two Cellos
  2.     Equal Duo for Cello and Viola
  3.     Equal Duo for Cello and Violin
  1. Mix-and-Match Duos: CELLO PART
  2.   Mix-and-Match Duos: VIOLA PART
  3.   Mix-And Match Duos: VIOLIN PART

And here below is a play-along audio piano accompaniment which is intended especially for the solo cello version but is also valid for the duo versions: