This movement from the popular symphony is filled with the composer's unique harmonies that move slowly but inevitably to the final cadence. There are some brief solos throughout the orchestra as well as
In this fine arrangement of Vivaldi's "Concerto in C for Two Trumpets," the solo trumpet lines have been transferred to first and second violins. It's a stirring adaptation which retains the
An absolute classic for strings, this version is in C major to avoid forward extensions for viola and cello. There is nothing out of first position except for a simple shift for cello and bass in a brief
The guitar music of Gaspar Sanz retains its popularity to this day. This particular excerpt for string orchestra exudes rhythmic vitality and a fascinating use of hemiola. The Spanish influence gives it a
Here is a great example of a work that straddles the Baroque and Classical eras. It contains all the vigorous energy and motion of the Italian Baroque masters, mixed with the elegance and style of the early
Robert Longfield's masterful transcription of Tchaikovsky's classic score brings Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy into the range of good middle school string orchestras. The famous celesta part has
Fandango is one of Boccherini's most popular works. Its Spanish influence gives it a unique Classical sound, and it works beautifully for strings.
This timeless march is taken from Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro." In this edition, the well-known tune is made available to the string orchestra, with solid scoring throughout.
Verdi's music transcends the boundaries of its genre: an excerpt from "Aida" has become part of popular culture. This arrangement includes a significant number of bowings and fingerings to assist less
Brahms referred to these dances as arrangements rather than compositions. This particular dance exhibits a wonderful warmth of scoring that shows the dance to best effect. The many tempo changes will
Brahms considered his series of Hungarian Dances to be arrangements. He crafted this specific dance from the Emma-Csardas by Mor Windt and a folk song collected by Ignac Bognar. Going from the keys of D
Dvorak's orchestral setting of the American Spiritual Going Home is a cornerstone of the symphonic repertoire. This arrangement is slightly abridged for difficulty but still contains all the
This accessible arrangement of the March from "The Nutcracker" is a welcome addition to classic holiday literature for string orchestra at the easy level. Sensibly adapted to the capabilities of
Chromatic passages, basic shifting, and a variety of rhythmic patterns make for a challenging romp through one of Tchaikovsky's most-loved symphonic works.
The key has been transposed to G minor for better accessibility and the percussion parts have been retained. This will be an exciting addition to the string orchestra program.
From Mozart's iconic Symphony No. 40 comes this masterful edition of the third movement for string orchestra by Percy Hall. The masterful use of hemiola and chain suspensions are matched only by the grace
The second of the six symphonic poems from Smetana's masterwork Ma vlast describes the course of the Moldau River from its beginnings as two springs to its ends as a majestic and mighty river. The
Originally scored for violin and piano, this setting sounds completely comfortable and plays remarkably well. The melodic nature of this sensitive work makes the string orchestra sound totally natural when
Taken from Puccini's opera "La Boheme," the melody of this beautiful aria is placed in a lush setting for string orchestra. A gorgeous ballad for advancing players.
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For either viola or cello solo, this concerto is easily accessible to middle school players. In C major, with a few chromatic diversions, the solo part can be played in first position. All of the ornaments
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