Marked "Heavy Speed Metal," this piece is an intense cello and bass driven rocker that makes the "string metal" genre accessible to younger players. This exciting, edgy work adapts heavy metal guitar
This creative original samba utilizes only open strings and pizzicato, making it especially accessible for beginners. The piano part is essential as it sets up the samba style. A really fun piece that will
Working with two principal motives, the composer has crafted a compelling work that steadily builds to an exciting conclusion. The included percussion parts are optional, but they definitely add to the
This "throwback"-style string work was inspired by the many great can-cans, galops, and quick-steps that populate the music repertoire. This work strongly exemplifies the interplay of drama and humor that
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Inspired by the music of a ghost show on TV, the composer borrowed a fragment of the chord progression he heard and used it as the basis to create this composition. Techniques that give the work interest
When watching a jet in the sky, one imagines the rush the pilot must feel when kicking in the afterburners, that sudden burst of speed. This piece seeks to capture the emotions of flight in a supercharged
Based on two rhythmic motifs, this tightly-knit composition is aggressively exciting from start to finish. Adding to the excitement are the composer's brilliant driving percussion writing and creative use
Originally written for handbell choir, this string orchestra setting uses dorian mode, very catchy melodies, and infectious asymmetric rhythms to create a compelling and memorable listening experience. This
Intended to evoke the feel of a seductive dance, the use of asymmetrical meter and a slightly Spanish flavor will add exoticism to any concert program. Optional percussion (castanet, vibraslap, triangle and
Images of gypsies in celebratory dance around a campfire are easily conjured up when listening to this delightful work that hearkens to Eastern Europe. Contrasting the dance-like opening, a more serious
In this very original work, the composer (from Ecuador!) creates a mystical soundscape using pensive harmonies and non-chord tones, including an effective pedal-point. Engage your students on this
Capturing the feel of the undead creeping ever closer, the composer has incorporated a variety of non-traditional string techniques, including playing behind the bridge, glissando, and instrument body
Written as a catharsis for a deep loss experienced, the composer chose to remember the positive and uplifting aspects instead of focusing on the depressing side. Beautiful brief motifs unfold in a lovely
Hoist the sails and cast off with this rollicking hornpipe for strings and optional piano. Written to give younger students exposure to changing time signatures and accidentals, it starts and ends in 3/4
This piece seeks to combine the tranquility of a lullaby with the grace of a dance. Written in a waltzing triple meter, an original melody is passed around the sections of the orchestra. As the work
Marked "intense," this piece is intended to be an exciting opener or closer for string orchestra and percussion. Rhythmic drive, a minor mode, and exciting percussion writing should get your audience and
An exciting rhythmic journey in B minor, the recurring motif is introduced in the cello and bass and eventually passed around to every section. Contrasting the simple opening statements is an imitative
The piece stays entirely in the range of the lowest octave of G Major and has a flowing "in 2" feel when played more uptempo. This very easy work is made to sound mature with a variety of musical
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