Working with two principal motives, the composer has crafted a compelling work that steadily builds to an exciting conclusion. The included percussion parts are optional, but they definitely add to the
This creative original samba utilizes only open strings and pizzicato, making it especially accessible for beginners. The piano part is essential as it sets up the samba style. A really fun piece that will
Inspired by the music of a ghost show on TV, the composer borrowed a fragment of the chord progression he heard and used it as the basis to create this composition. Techniques that give the work interest
Based on two rhythmic motifs, this tightly-knit composition is aggressively exciting from start to finish. Adding to the excitement are the composer's brilliant driving percussion writing and creative use
When watching a jet in the sky, one imagines the rush the pilot must feel when kicking in the afterburners, that sudden burst of speed. This piece seeks to capture the emotions of flight in a supercharged
In this very original work, the composer (from Ecuador!) creates a mystical soundscape using pensive harmonies and non-chord tones, including an effective pedal-point. Engage your students on this
Capturing the feel of the undead creeping ever closer, the composer has incorporated a variety of non-traditional string techniques, including playing behind the bridge, glissando, and instrument body
Written as a catharsis for a deep loss experienced, the composer chose to remember the positive and uplifting aspects instead of focusing on the depressing side. Beautiful brief motifs unfold in a lovely
This piece seeks to combine the tranquility of a lullaby with the grace of a dance. Written in a waltzing triple meter, an original melody is passed around the sections of the orchestra. As the work
Marked "intense," this piece is intended to be an exciting opener or closer for string orchestra and percussion. Rhythmic drive, a minor mode, and exciting percussion writing should get your audience and
An exciting rhythmic journey in B minor, the recurring motif is introduced in the cello and bass and eventually passed around to every section. Contrasting the simple opening statements is an imitative
The piece stays entirely in the range of the lowest octave of G Major and has a flowing "in 2" feel when played more uptempo. This very easy work is made to sound mature with a variety of musical
The originality of the composer's thought process and compositional approach is clearly evident in this meditation on the nature of time as it intersects with transcendent musical moments. Long ropes of
Written for the composer's son, Wondrous Flight alternates between insistent syncopated rhythms and flowing melodic passages. As the piece progresses, an increase in tempo drives the melodies
With Fire features a blazing tempo, liberal use of pointillistic technique, extremes of range and dynamics, and driving rhythms and accents that push the piece forward with intensity. If your
Hoist the sails and cast off with this rollicking hornpipe for strings and optional piano. Written to give younger students exposure to changing time signatures and accidentals, it starts and ends in 3/4
A New Dawn is a lilting and joyful work that celebrates new life, growth, and new beginnings. Written in a neoclassical style, this melodic piece gives everyone a chance to shine. Weaving back and
Starting with a catchy pizzicato melody reminiscent of a ticking clock, the piece continues to grow in interest as it moves along. It contains much melodic interplay between parts, unexpected dynamic
Ahoy seafaring mates! Hop aboard this upbeat and lively sailors' tale of the high seas. Written in A minor, all parts have memorable melodic lines, with some pizzicato and hooked bowings. The piano part
A nebula is an interstellar cloud where new stars are formed, and this piece captures the beauty and mystery of these cosmic bodies. Stark motives are presented in simple forms early on in the piece, and
The varied harmonies and poignant dissonances make this a rewarding musical experience for mature players. It begins with a haunting refrain in the violas and cellos which becomes the accompaniment for a
This engaging minor-key piece spins an intriguing musical story of a cat-and-mouse game between a very clever pickpocket and the new inspector in town. In a fugue-like middle section, the two characters
Having taught in the New York City area for most of his career, the composer's writing is indelibly marked by his experiences in that great city. The work opens with a quiet principal theme depicting a city
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