As ancient voices recall tales of forgotten glory, a sacred moment of reflection gives way to a stormy battle in the cello and bass section, building to a victorious key change to A minor. With just a
You can almost hear the choir in the background as you listen to the sentimentally beautiful Mountain Hymn. This work will give young musicians practice with lyrical playing and expressive
This powerful original work utilizes driving rhythms, harmonies laced with irresistible suspensions, and an emotional solo for violin in the middle section. Add the orchestral percussion and piano to have a
This wild piece calls for violins and violas to use a one-finger glissando, creating a very eerie effect. Cellos will get to strum three-note chords with their thumb while canonic passages make your
This jubilant overture is bristling with energetic ostinatos and heroic melodies for each section. Students will reinforce multiple slurs, syncopation, and basic shifting, and audiences will be inspired by
This soaring concert overture features shimmering ostinatos, chromatic harmonies, bold accents, and bracing grace-note runs. Melodies pass fluidly between sections of the orchestra before the central
Written in the traditional tango style, this work gives each section a chance to shine with many opportunities for stylistic playing. Students will develop bow control to sustain phrases and practice going
This fun alternative-style original works great with beginning strings and sounds much harder than it is. Students will love the energetic rock beat! The suggested drum part really drives the piece.
Geared to beginners, Royal Promenade uses only quarter note and quarter rest rhythms in D Major. Thematic repetition and contrasting dynamics and articulations make this piece easy to learn
Opening with a catchy theme, this work explores countermelodies as well as recurrences of the theme. Syncopated rhythms are common and are aided by running eighth notes that help subdivide the pattern. It's
Designed with early-intermediate orchestras in mind, this fun selection has a modern sound that will rock your next concert. It features great practice for dotted rhythms, basic syncopation and
This exciting work allows all parts to enjoy the driving force of a rhythmico ostinato. The catchy melodic content of this piece is shared by all. Written as a “sequel” to the ever-popular
An energetic introduction builds into triumphant and soaring melodies in this exciting piece for beginning to intermediate players. This selection features approachable rhythms and bowing, a wide dynamic
The driving beat of this work suggests the journey and struggle to overcome as the violins come in with the main theme. The bass and cello pick up an augmented version of this theme to keep the pulse
Here is a set of three stylistically different pieces that are perfect for your students' first concert. Pizzicato Party utilizes pizzicato on open strings. Noah's Arco again uses open
From the hard-driving rhythms to the almost comical pizzicato section, this work has a buoyancy and playful character reminiscent of Saturday-morning cartoons. The powerful main theme will motivate your
Add some Latin style to your next concert! This hypnotic tango includes a solo section with suggested melodies for violin and viola. Advanced shifting is required for first violins and cellos. It
This joyful selection is propelled by accented, syncopated eighth-note patterns. Each section takes its turn playing the accented accompaniment underneath a lively melody. After a tranquil middle section,
The winner of the 2008 Texas Orchestra Directors Association composition contest! This American tour de force has shades of Copland mixed with exciting fiddling motives and themes fit for a Hollywood
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