Students love receiving their first piece of sheet music and this work is a win-win for reinforcing everything they have been learning during their first year of study. It’s robust, lively, and entertaining. A wide range of dynamics are included to teach musicality and more advanced use of bow weight, speed, and distribution. D Major.
This beautiful setting in G of the great Scottish tune encourages first-year students to play with good expression, intonation, balance and blend. The shortest note value is a quarter note, and the song repeats without alterations or variations so the amount of new material beginning players must learn is extremely reasonable (the repeat is written out on all parts).
Composer Bud Woodruff continues to present compositions that students will love to perform and will learn from playing. The title, Dorian's Barn has a unique double meaning in that it is dedicated to a man named Dorian and it is in the Dorian mode. The addition of the word 'barn' in the title also adds to the music a fun country backwoods aesthetic.
Imagine the fire-spewing, eyes-blazing, slimy-scaled mythical creature in this dramatic new work! This excellent teaching piece features many techniques including hooked bowings, slurs, lifts, accents, pizzicato, tremolo, and a few high 3rd fingers in the upper string parts. Written in the keys of a minor and e minor, all parts have interesting moving lines and melodies, and also wonderfully rich chordal harmonies. Sure to be a crowd pleasing addition to any concert or festival!
A lively and exhilarating new piece for beginning string groups, Effervescence lives up to its title but is so much more. It also contains lush harmonies, sweeping melodic gestures reminiscent of the America school of composers like Copland.á It is a sophisticated musical presentation, but with limited technical demands, making it easy for young students, but very musically satisfying.
Perfectly scored for young players in the keys of G and A Dorian, this fun and energetic piece, "Reel Time" by Bob Phillips, is comprised of two original fiddle tunes. "Middletown Reel" is an old-time style reel while "Orange County Reel" has an Irish flavor. The melodic content is passed throughout all sections, and the piece culminates in a bravura ending that will make for a great concert closer
Using Haydn-styled light melodies, this original work offers a perfect introduction to 18th century classical music to middle schoolers who are still early in their training. Delightful and warm, Divertimento in G is suitable for festival and concert opportunities.
Escapadesáis an adventurous and energetic composition written by David Hinds. A variety of articulation styles gives the piece character. The moving inner parts will appeal to every section of the orchestra, including the basses. This is a versatile piece suitable for concerts, festivals,áand contests.
From the famous Carnival of the Animals, this very simplified version of "Fossils," arranged by Andrew H. Dabczynski, allows students in their second year of study to perform a familiar, yet challenging, classic favorite. Complete with special musical effects---including pizzicato, Bartók pizzicato, col legno, and optional percussion parts---"Fossils" will enliven any string orchestra concert program!
Twist and turn through a labyrinth of shadows to reveal pieces and passages from classical music's most mysterious themes, including In the Hall of the Mountain King; Night on Bald Mountain and Ritual Fire Dance! All woven together with a few reminiscent strains by Bach and Beethoven, this creative work helps students play confidently in several minor keys and offers a glimpse into some of the greatest masterworks of all time.
"Sparks" by Chris M. Bernotas will light up the concert hall with energy and excitement. A variety of textures and techniques are featured, and everyone in the string orchestra has an important role. Suited well as a concert closer or festival piece, your students will want to play this one over and over again! Correlated to Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, Book 2, level 2.
Let your students show off their very best lyrical playing using this gorgeous arrangement of a traditional Scottish love song. Parts for all instruments have melodic interest as the melody flows through various sections of the orchestra, and singing countermelodies enhance the musical tapestry.
Enjoy the intensity and intricate harmonies of the "Legend of Asturias" in a shorter playable version that captures the spirit and feel of the original work. Written first for piano and a favorite of virtually every guitarist, this beloved piece has been effectively scored at grade 3 by composer/arranger Victor López for concert string orchestra, complete with the original high-energy with a multicultural flair!
With its playful scalewise motives and exciting dynamics, this lively dance is reminiscent of "In The Hall Of The Mountain King." The melodious B section in D major is set to chromatic harmonies which are uniquely Grieg, and will provide a welcome challenge to grade 3 players. Each set includes three copies of the 3rd Violin/Viola T.C. parts
n Beethoven’s words, “The Pastoral Symphony is more an expression of feeling than painting... pleasant feelings which awaken in men on arriving in the countryside.” A perfect introduction to Beethoven’s major works, the music is exquisitely orchestrated to retain the true nature of Beethoven’s original masterpiece
Composed by Bruce W. Tippette, Driftingáutilizes musical passages to allude to the image of something drifting down a river in the woods. It journeys through twists and turns, placid streams and roaring rapids, eventually making a grand entrance into open waters.
The music from this blockbuster film has captured the imagination of the entertainment world, including countless awards and nominations. From the songwriting team who brought us Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land, the movie musical The Greatest Showman is based on the true story of P.T. Barnum with Hugh Jackman in the title role. Includes The Greatest Show, A Million Dreams, Never Enough, This Is Me and Tightrope.
Reflecting the energy and drive of the furious winds of November on Lake Michigan, this original work will resonate with anyone ever caught in a storm. The strong Dutch heritage of West Michigan bestows the name Meer Winden, "lake winds" in Dutch, and provides a story to the technical and musical elements of the piece. All sections play the melody and the driving accompaniments. Violins and violas use third position; violas and cellos use fourth position. "Meer Winden," by Bob Phillips, provides ample opportunity for working on tone within the ensemble.
Surge is a rhythmically high-powered piece for string orchestra, full of syncopated rhythms that keep it perpetually driving forward. Surprising and frequent abrupt dynamic changes will also keep your students on their toes in this work. In the key of E minor, this Surge races from start to finish, only breaking after a sudden unexpected grand pause. A brief, slow section builds into familiar, fast material, finishing with a strong unison conclusion.
Here's a terrific showpiece for your students to enjoy many of the great musical effects that only string instruments can achieve. A delightful, slightly sinister sound in a dance-like movement makes it delicious for Halloween programs.
Brahms captures the fire and passion of the Roma culture in these folk songs set to dance styles. Intensity and drama is created with dynamic exaggeration, abrupt tempo changes and contrasting bow styles. An excellent way to forge the relationship between student and conductor as they learn to engage all of the wonderfully rich sections of the piece
Though not as popular as his famous 8th and 9th symphonies, Dvorák's Symphony No. 7 in D minor is a masterpiece worthy of serious study and performance. The scherzo movement has been abridged and simplified from 6/4 to 6/8 for playability, but the spirit of Dvorák comes through clearly. Full of the composer's trademark hemiola, this arrangement by Todd Parrish gives melody and countermelodies to all parts and ends with an exciting, powerful conclusion. The optional timpani part gives even more strength to your performance
This is the ninth and most often performed work of Sir Edward Elgar's famous Enigma Variations of 1899. It pays tribute to his close friend, A.J. Jaeger, whose surname in German means hunter (according to the Bible, Noah's great grandson, Nimrod, was a gifted hunter). The overall success of this work depends heavily on a group's ability to observe dynamic nuance and play with good tone quality, blend and balance. The divisi 1st Violin part provides better players with welcome challenges.
The Thieving Magpie is one of Rossini’s most memorable and exciting opera overtures. After an aggressive and militaristic introduction comes the drama and intrigue surrounding a story centered on the theft of a silver spoon! Students will explore a full range of expression and bow strokes in this expertly orchestrated arrangement.
"The Elements" by Richard Meyer is a colorful depiction of the four basic elements---earth, air, water, and fire---and is sure to challenge and delight every member of your advanced string orchestra. Impressionistic harmonies and fascinating rhythmic nuances give this piece an other-worldly feel with each element coming alive as a unique and wondrous tone painting. Technical challenges include 5/4, 9/8, and 7/4 meters and a refreshing variety of diverse key signatures and modes