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Read, Ronald

Read, Ronald

Ronald Read was born in London in 1924. After serving in the Royal Navy during World War II he completed a degree in mathematics at the University of Cambridge and took up a position at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. In 1970 he accepted a post as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada - a post which he held until his retirement in 1990. A keen amateur musician from an early age (he started to learn the violin at age 6) he has been active in many kinds of music: solo, chamber, orchestral and early music. He also plays several instruments including strings, piano, guitar and lute. Since retiring he has devoted much more time to music and now has diplomas in Theory and in Composition from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, where he teaches piano and music theory, as well as playing viola in the local symphony orchestra and in a string quartet. His compositions include three works for orchestra and a number of pieces for small ensembles.

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Hill - Happy Birthday Theme and Variations (String Quartet Parts)
Order Code: B&D11501p

An extremely popular series of 12 variations by Ronald Read on the well known 'Happy Birthday' theme. Each variation is in a distinctive classical or popular style. The final variation is a 'Fughetta' with a surprise ending. All parts are of medium difficulty, although there is a 'cello cadenza that might require a little practice.

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Hill - Happy Birthday Theme and Variations (String Quartet Parts) - Parts Digital Download
Order Code: B&D11501 Parts Digital Download

An extremely popular series of 12 variations by Ronald Read on the well known 'Happy Birthday' theme. Each variation is in a distinctive classical or popular style. The final variation is a 'Fughetta' with a surprise ending. All parts are of medium difficulty, although there is a 'cello cadenza that might require a little practice.

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Hill - Happy Birthday Theme and Variations (String Quartet Score)
Order Code: B&D11501s

An extremely popular series of 12 variations by Ronald Read on the well known 'Happy Birthday' theme. Each variation is in a distinctive classical or popular style. The final variation is a 'Fughetta' with a surprise ending. All parts are of medium difficulty, although there is a 'cello cadenza that might require a little practice.

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Hill - Happy Birthday Theme and Variations (String Quartet Score) - Score Digital Download
Order Code: B&D11501 Score Digital Download

An extremely popular series of 12 variations by Ronald Read on the well known 'Happy Birthday' theme. Each variation is in a distinctive classical or popular style. The final variation is a 'Fughetta' with a surprise ending. All parts are of medium difficulty, although there is a 'cello cadenza that might require a little practice.

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Ronald Read - Melody for a Summer Afternoon (Alto Recorder & Piano)
Order Code: B&D11502

A leisurely pastoral piece with gentle and smooth sounds. This was an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 6 exam piece between 2000 and 2008.

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Ronald Read - One Octave Polka (Recorder Quartet)
Order Code: B&D11504

This work was originally written for ocarinas, and in consequence each part is restricted to a range of just one octave, hence the title. It is a lively little polka in which the melody is continually being passed from one to the other of the upper parts. A fun piece that is reminiscent of a fairground organ.

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Ronald Read - Samba for Strings (String Quartet)
Order Code: B&D11503

A fun light hearted vivacious piece in samba rhythm for string quartet by Ronald Reed that is both enjoyable to play and to listen to.

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