As ancient voices recall tales of forgotten glory, a sacred moment of reflection gives way to a stormy battle in the cello and bass sections, building to a victorious key change to A minor. With just a
Ventus is the Latin word for "wind," and this work depicts the beauty and fury of the wind through both E minor and G Major tonalities. Bow articulations range from powerful staccato and lyrical
You can almost hear the choir in the background as you listen to the sentimentally beautiful Mountain Hymn. This work will give young musicians practice with lyrical playing and expressive
Windchasers depicts the soaring flight of starling flocks twisting in the winds of a growing storm. As relentless staccato rhythms drive the melody forward, the whirlwind dies down for some
Take a trip back to Ancient Greece with this fun and energetic work! Students will encounter two-note to six-note slurs, pizzicato, staccato and legato bowings, rhythms in 3/4 time, and dynamic contrast,
This wild piece calls for violins and violas to use a one-finger glissando, creating a very eerie effect. Cellos will get to strum three-note chords with their thumb while canonic passages make your
Geared to beginners, Royal Promenade uses only quarter note and quarter rest rhythms in D Major. Thematic repetition and contrasting dynamics and articulations make this piece easy to learn
This fiery overture in 6/8 time features bold cinematic melodies that transform into passionate arias and back again. Seasoned string orchestras will be excited by the chance to show off part independence,
This jubilant overture is bristling with energetic ostinatos and heroic melodies for each section. Students will reinforce multiple slurs, syncopation, and basic shifting, and audiences will be inspired by
This compelling work captures the grandeur and imagery of Sequoia National Park. The hymnlike theme is powerful and yet relatively simple, nicely suited to intermediate students. It provides a great
Designed with early-intermediate orchestras in mind, this fun selection has a modern sound that will rock your next concert. It features great practice for dotted rhythms, basic syncopation and
Here is a set of three stylistically different pieces that are perfect for your students' first concert. Pizzicato Party utilizes pizzicato on open strings. Noah's Arco again uses open
This powerful original work utilizes driving rhythms, harmonies laced with irresistible suspensions, and an emotional solo for violin in the middle section. Add the orchestral percussion and piano to have a
This fun, alternative-style original works great with beginning strings and sounds much harder than it is. Students will love the energetic rock beat! The suggested drum part really drives the piece.
This exciting work allows all parts to enjoy the driving force of a rhythmico ostinato. The catchy melodic content of this piece is shared by all. Written as a “sequel” to the ever-popular
Written in the traditional tango style, this work gives each section a chance to shine with many opportunities for stylistic playing. Students will develop bow control to sustain phrases and practice going
Opening with a catchy theme, this work explores countermelodies as well as recurrences of the theme. Syncopated rhythms are common and are aided by running eighth notes that help subdivide the pattern. It's
This soaring concert overture features shimmering ostinatos, chromatic harmonies, bold accents, and bracing grace-note runs. Melodies pass fluidly between sections of the orchestra before the central
Full of energy and motion, this exciting piece requires a strong rhythmic sense and beat. Students will enjoy playing the driving rhythms in this excellent, accessible teaching piece for syncopation.
An energetic introduction builds into triumphant and soaring melodies in this exciting piece for beginning to intermediate players. This selection features approachable rhythms and bowing, a wide dynamic
This beautiful ballad is going to impress your audiences every time you play it! Deep resonant cello and bass lines provide the foundation for the upper strings to soar above. A true taste of summer any
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