In this well-known Scottish ballad, a rider rides his horse away from home one sunny day. Later, his horse returns, but he does not. The melody of this ballad depicts his bride's emotional reaction to the
Using the familiar ancient English folk song melody, the arranger spins out a "fantastic" meditation on Greensleeves. Fragments of the melody tease the listeners' ear in the engaging introduction,
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
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
First published in 1855, this famous folk song originated in County Derry in what is now Northern Ireland. Though there are other settings for strings of this beautiful ballad already in print, this intense
From a plaintive and prayerful solo violin opening, this arrangement of a well-known spiritual builds in power and emotion with each successive verse. The melody passes between voices, and frequent and
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
Written in the 1800s, it is danced by a man and a woman with lots of stomping and heel tapping, while wearing traditional Mexican outfits. The man flings his sombrero (Mexican hat) to the ground, and the
This beautiful and moving setting of the emotional spiritual is known to have brought tears to Abraham Lincoln when he first heard it. Colorful harmonies, a wide variety of scoring techniques, and
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