This spirited Allegro comes from the overture to Handel's 1738 opera "Serse" (Xerxes). Transposed to D major, this approachable arrangement provides students the opportunity to explore basic
A musical description of four of the wonders of the ancient world: the grandeur of the Temple of Artemis located in Ephesus (present-day Turkey); the majesty of the Great Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt;
The yearning, Irish-inspired melodies in A Ballad of Inis Mor (pronounced IN-ish more) evoke a sense of quiet reflection. The poignant theme begins in the cello section, rising
This short three-movement suite is a fresh addition to string orchestra repertoire. Though all original works, the folk-like melodies provide ample opportunity to explore suite form and the idiomatic style
Tuneful, energetic, and emotional, this piece presents a sonic kaleidoscope of playing styles that will challenge every section of the advanced string orchestra. The unexpected harmonies and exotic rhythms
Unique harmonic ideas and use of ensemble color are on display in this work for developing ensembles. Explore a dark frontier while reinforcing articulations and dynamic contrast.
Students will rise to the challenge of this fun, perpetual-motion-style selection. Using the notes of the D major scale, this piece will improve early readers' finger dexterity and note-reading skills. A
This racing, rhythmic string orchestra composition will give your young ensemble a mature sound. Appropriate for developing students, the melodic material is presented in all sections of the
It was 1999 when I first walked the halls of Boltz Junior High School as a 12 year-old with a undecided future. But my time at Boltz turned out to be a pivotal moment where the musical experiences and
A delightful musical visit to an imaginary pond. In creating this "amphibious" work, the composer used melodic intervals to depict leaping frogs, trills to represent buzzing insects, and the percussive frog
Inspired by the poem Come, My Soul and Let Us Try by Joseph Hart, a work as profoundly touching today as when the poem was written in 1759. This raw and emotional music depicts a personal
This work for strings and piano opens with a haunting chord progression. A melancholic melody in the violins moves to the cellos before gradually fading back to the opening theme. Develop your students'
Ironwork alludes to both the heavy metal music genre and the art of blacksmithing, an ancient craft from prehistoric times. The opening unison riff is a great exercise in the Locrian mode, and the
Here is an appealing string arrangement of one of Gioachino Rossini's famous overtures. Careful scoring and performance options make this approachable yet appropriately challenging. Rossini's lighthearted
This outstanding pair of contrasting movements shifts from a plaintive Larghetto to a joyful Allegro. An exceptional opportunity to work on the music of Handel while providing a wealth of
An exciting piece for beginners that portrays the shaking of the surface or interior of the planet Mars, as recently recorded by NASA. The piece uses an intense minor melody and introduces tremolo technique
Hauntingly beautiful, soaring melodies are passed to all players, featuring the violas prominently. Solos for all sections make this a great teaching piece for the developing string ensemble, with a rubato
A fourth addition to the popular "Mystical" series, and this one is the easiest of them all - perfect for developing string orchestras. A "mage" is another word for magician or sorcerer, and this shadowy
This arrangement embodies the full sound and spirit of the original overture yet is orchestrated to take full advantage of the string orchestra palette. A fabulous choice as an opener, closer, or
This thrilling arrangement features bold and assertive melodies that are as fun to play as they are to listen to. Great for developing and refining the staccato bow stroke and tone development.
In the late summer months, the Scottish countryside is covered by heather. Purple in color, the flower makes the otherwise harsh landscape a place of tranquil beauty. This adaptation of the Scottish folk