The double bass section frequently has the melody in this lovely ballad. It shows a singular sense of creativity from both the composers and the arranger.
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Inspired by the beauty and power of the American southwest, specifically the Grand Canyon State, this work features two sections allowing players to improvise. In the key of A Major, it's based on a
Written as a tribute to the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach, it showcases the beauty of 17th century music with a more contemporary rock feel. The rock aspects of the work are in the harmonies, and in
The image of a cat dancing to its own private music is intriguing and beguiling. Some half positions, left-hand pizzicato, and interesting turns of melody make this a great choice for young string
This piece comes from a personal visualization of flying while improvising music. It combines classical and American rock styles, while creating a vehicle for musicians to "spread
Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars) will be a standout moment on any concert program. The arrangement for strings and jazz rhythm section is an effective contrast to strings alone. Conservative
Containing brilliant melodic writing, exotic harmonic twists, and the added color of a jazz rhythm section, this arrangement can't miss.
This happy jig incorporates a small chromatic twist in the tune and affords a fabulous opportunity to teach both hooked bowing and 6/8 meter. Everyone plays the theme at some point, and the tapping of toes
Alternating between the keys of G and D major, this light dance incorporates dotted rhythms. Every player uses hooked bowings and gets to play the melody. All instruments except double bass stays in first
Shiver me timbers, matey! What a terrific training work for the young string orchestra with its syncopation and carefully marked bowings and fingerings. And wouldn't you, the conductor, make a great
You can add percussionists to your orchestra. Just give them a couple wooden spoons and step back! That's because anyone can play kitchen utensils in this spooky, imaginative offering from Thom Sharp.
Viola, cello, and bass sections are featured in this C major work, but no one gets left out. Offbeats and syncopation are the centerpiece of a happy, bouncy piece. Stretch your upper strings with the use of
This work is all about learning bow control, the transition from arco to pizzicato, and just a little about counting. The title speaks for itself!
Two sets of string parts make this work accessible to first- and second-year students. There are even two piano parts, one for rehearsal and one for performance, as well as some light percussion.
Delibes' music for the ballet "Sylvia" was often considered more interesting than the ballet itself. The scherzettino known as Pizzicati is an excellent example of how Delibes dictated action, as
No bows required! This unison pizzicato piece for beginning strings and piano is perfect for the very first concert. Using only quarter rests and quarter notes of the D major scale, the upbeat tune gives
Drum set is featured with your orchestra in this e minor modal rock tune. Quarter and eighth notes are the rhythmic foundation with plenty of rests to make counting interesting.
This upbeat piece has it all: an energetic key (G major), simple syncopation, a variety of bow strokes to work on, melodic interest in all parts, and even a passage where you may allow violin 2 and viola to
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