New scores from Victor Estrada

Posted: 12/11/2008 12:00:01 AM

From: Fresno, California USA

Joined: 3/26/2006

Victor Estrada has posted some new theremin scores on his web site at

English translation of text on page:


In this section you can find different types of scores, all original or improved by me for classical guitar and theremin. I freely offer these for all those who wish to perform them, but bear in mind that they are registered intellectual property and cannot be used for commercial purposes without my permission. Please contact me directly with any comments you wish to make, and if you wish to perform them.

Revisit this section from time to time; I will continue adding to the material and improving it little by little.


The theremin parts are fingered according to the school of Clara Rockmore, i.e. four positions plus certain special combinations of fingers as explained in my method. Thereminists who use another system of fingering must adapt the works.

Víctor Estrada
Russian Suite - Volgograd
Ejercicios progresivos para theremin volumen 1 (Versión 2.0)
Progressive Exercises for Theremin (English translation by Alan Barbour)

Bernard Herrmann
The Day The Earth Stood Still - Prelude
The Day The Earth Stood Still - Gort
The Day The Earth Stood Still - Space Control (1 theremin)
The Day The Earth Stood Still - Space Control (2 theremines)

César Frank
Panis Angelicus

Posted: 12/11/2008 4:38:45 PM
Brian R

From: Somerville, MA

Joined: 10/7/2005

Thanks for posting, Alan!

Though I can't help underlining the irony of the "intellectual property" clause with regard to the Herrmann selections... at best, there's no indication that Estrada's arrangements are authorized by the copyright holder.

Posted: 12/12/2008 8:43:24 AM

From: Spain

Joined: 10/25/2005

I just got the rights of the arrangement and not the composition, the thereminits who want to record or play my version of "The Day The Earth stood Still" have to deal with me not with the family of Herrmann.

Víctor Estrada

PS: excuse my English
Posted: 12/12/2008 6:01:14 PM

From: Kingston, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

Thank you so much Víctor!
These are very interesting arrangements,
and opens up one of the most famous pieces
of the Theremin Repertoire to further study.
Your theremin method/exercises and contributions help us all.
Posted: 12/12/2008 10:30:49 PM
Brian R

From: Somerville, MA

Joined: 10/7/2005

Victor, excusamente, non hablo español.

If the Herrmann estate granted permission for your arrangements, then it would be better to include that information in the score ("used by permission of...").

And it would be surprising for them to cede rights for commercial recording. Anyone recording your arrangements would still need to pay royalties to the Herrmanns (as well as a royalty to you, as arranger).

Herrmann died in 1975, so it will be many years before his music enters the public domain.


Posted: 12/14/2008 12:31:10 PM

From: Kingston, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

Yes Brian R, thank you, I think you are correct.

I discovered a while back, the film score itself is not even available except by special arrangement with the estate, and usually only to an established concert orchestra for a limited performance, it seems pretty locked down.

So these arrangements should probably just be used for private, non-profit study. None the less I find the guitar arrangement an interesting idea.

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