This dramatic piece cranks right from the start! The work is set in E minor (but without any C naturals on the A string) with simple rhythms no more difficult than two repeated eighth notes. You will hear
As the title implies, the piece uses echo effects throughout. Based on the interval of a descending perfect fifth, it begins with a lush statement of the subtle "angel" theme, which is used throughout the
The title, Dorian's Barn, has a unique double meaning in that it is dedicated to a man named Dorian, and the music is set in Dorian mode. The addition of the word "barn" in the title also adds to
This piece depicts the tail of the mythical dragon as it swings around to fend off its enemies. The main themes are pointed and angular with lots of rhythmic drive.
A fresh, exhilarating piece for beginning string groups, Effervescence contains rich harmonies and melodic gestures reminiscent of the American School of composers such as Aaron Copland. Though it
This intense composition for the developing string orchestra is both sweeping and catchy. It has a contagious melody that the students will enjoy playing.
In Greek, the word ethos is used to describe the character and guiding beliefs or ideals that distinguish a community, nation or idea. The Greeks also used this word to refer to the power of music
Dedicated to the composer's young son, this piece was written with thoughts of his playful nature which can be heard throughout. The lush, emotional opening depicts the composer's awe at being a parent to a
This strong and ponderous piece is a musical depiction of Hannibal's epic journey through the Alps with his army of war elephants. The piece serves as a great vehicle to inspire the imaginations of the very
The title was taken from a Shakespeare song and represents the spirit of the open seas and the adventurous life of the pirate. The simple rhythmic combinations of two eighth notes and one quarter note offer
Highlander's Pride is a tuneful melody and well scored composition. This march-like piece draws from Scottish influences and is perfect for developing groups, with a variety of articulations,
Just as the title describes, this piece walks the high wire with driving rhythms, sonorous lyrical lines, and lush harmonies.
In Prospect is a tuneful processional piece. It can be used as a new and different march for festivals or graduation ceremonies for any level orchestra as it is easy to rehearse. It can also be
Incursion is a collaboration between the composer and students of the Westport, Connecticut Public Schools. Inspired by the students' desire for a dark and scary-sounding piece, aggressive rhythmic
Graceful flower dances are a beautiful part of Asian cultures, illustrated here with a flowing theme in first position. Beginning ensembles will find this work very playable with simple rhythms and melodies
Here's an easy original that is enjoyable for both the players and the audience! Using notes the students already know, the tune moves from D major to B minor, uses pizzicato, and other techniques to keep
Featuring a lovely and appropriate use of pizzicato with optional piano under the soloist opening section, Northern Lights is evocative, melodically distinguished, and cleverly scored to help a
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