Freedom Rhapsody is a set of brief variations, based on the spiritual Follow the Drinking Gourd. There are four sections to the composition, marked The Yearning to Be Free;
Here is the authentic edition direct from John Williams and exactly as played in the film. Although this is the original film music, it is understated and remains at the medium-easy level. The string parts
This authentic and energetic arrangement of the Hebrew folk song uses a solo quintet and percussion instruments to expand the palette of the traditional string orchestra. Percussion instruments used include
This multicultural piece explores world music using a unique and exciting format. Two side-by-side orchestras share one conductor, with one group performing traditional American songs and the other playing
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
This piece is "hello," with a smile on your face. It is meant to be simply delightful for the youngest of string students. The melodic material is based on the pentatonic scale, and all of the material is
Korobushka ("The Peddler") is a Russian folk song and dance based on a poem written in 1861 by Nikolay Nekrasov. The music was written sometime in the late 19th century, although the composer is
La culebra is a traditional Mexican folk dance that depicts a story of a group of men working in the fields. As they are working, their wives are on their way to the fields to pay a visit. On their
In the style of a habanera, the characteristic and distinct rhythm reflects the fusion of Cuban and Spanish cultures. Many sections of your string orchestra get a chance to play the memorable melody from
Lady Jane Stuart's Rant is a spirited reel in G major going back to 17th-century Scotland. Filled with memorable melodies and rollicking rhythms, it fits well on any program. Playable in first
For a special touch at your next concert, feature one of Canada's most popular folk songs. It's often sung around campfires and makes a perfect cross-cultural study.
This enchanting minor-tonality piece for string orchestra is about fish in a river that swim by Mary, Joseph and the newborn child, Jesus. The fish swim back and forth in the river hoping for a glimpse of
A matryoshka, or Russian doll, is a set of figurines carved so that smaller ones fit within larger dolls of various sizes. They generally are beautifully hand painted in brilliant colors representative of
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