The Romanian Folk Dances were composed in 1915 as a suite of six short piano pieces, which Bartok subsequently orchestrated for small ensemble. In these editions, Hywel Davies has arranged the
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This lively Icelandic vikivaki folk song calls for foot stomping while it tells the tragic tale of Olaf and his deadly encounter with an elf maiden. Includes open drones that support the melody, which is
Based on a centuries-old Spanish theme and harmonic progression, this alluring music reads easily and makes for delightful listening. The theme and the two subsequent variations increase in rhythmic and
The striking melodies, the simple and meaningful words, and the many ways the music can be interpreted create an immortal song that touches us all. This beautiful setting allows for adjustment of the
This classic Russian folk dance in the traditional bottle dance format is carefully crafted for developing string ensemble. A terrific opportunity to teach and perform music, style and tradition from
Offering variety and multicultural flavor, this upbeat, joyous folk song will be at home on any concert program. Though scored for less-experienced players, there is a remarkable fullness and sophistication
Allowing students to explore a full range of expression, this arrangement further develops musicality as individuals and as an ensemble. The beautiful yet plaintive melody weaves seamlessly through several
This classic, beautiful hymn is a great introduction to tone production, phrasing and ensemble sonority for developing strings. It is sophisticated yet accessible and is sure to be a welcome addition to
Based on a Newfoundland folk song, She's Like the Swallow refers to a lyric of lost love. Carl Strommen gives us a beautiful setting that contains a solo string quartet to begin the work, which
Golden Slumbers is based on the poem Cradle Song from the Thomas Decker 1603 comedy "Patient Grissel." The poem was set to music by Peter Warlock in 1918 as a lullaby. There are
From a plaintive and prayerful solo violin opening, this arrangement of a well-known spiritual builds in power and emotion with each successive verse. The melody passes between voices, and frequent and
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Composed in the style of a Scotch reel, here is a lively quickstep march honoring Simon Fraser, the fourteenth Lord Lovat. This arrangement is a fusion of march and fiddle tune that lies perfectly under the
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