This chart-topping Ariana Grande hit from her groundbreaking album Thank U, Next combines elements of rap and pop music as well as the "Sound of Music" classic My Favorite Things. Written for
This exciting contemporary work will engage and challenge your advanced orchestras with its constant deviation of time signature, rhythmic intensity, modern harmonies, and variety of counterpoint. Students
Selections from Handel's iconic Water Music Suite, premiered July 17, 1717 for a regal celebration with King George on the Thames.
This arrangement features four movements from Tchaikovsky's famous "Album for the Young." Includes Morning Prayer; The Hurdy-Gurdy Man; Sweet Dream and March of the
"All hands hoay" actually means all hands on deck for some serious work! It's time to get those fingers working as all sections share the melody. With its use of three sharps, this fun musical pirate's tale
A traditional American lullaby set in the Aeolian mode (natural minor). While the true origin of the song in unknown, American writer Dorothy Scarborough was first to record one of the best-known versions
An excellent choice for concert or festival, this exuberant movement in the key of G major features simple quarter- and eighth-note rhythms with a recurring melodic theme shared among all instruments.
The third movement of Symphony No. 8 by John Marsh (1752-1828) has been adapted in this stellar version for string orchestra. Ideal for contest, festival, and concert programs. Optional harpsichord adds a
This jubilant original work with an infectious melody features a tied rhythm pattern. A contrasting pizzicato section showcases lower string sections before building back up to the joyous theme again. A
This familiar classical arrangement is rewritten in the key of D major. It features simple eighth-note patterns, dynamics, articulations, and accidentals. The piece retains the charm and elegance of the
This spirited Allegro comes from the overture to Handel's 1738 opera "Serse" (Xerxes). Transposed to D major, this approachable arrangement provides students the opportunity to explore basic
Though overshadowed by his famous brother, Michael Haydn is a composer worth introducing to your orchestra. This piece is an arrangement of the first movement of his Flute Quartet in D Major.
A folk-like, mature theme is shared across the sections in this approachable yet sophisticated arrangement for strings. Minimal rhythmic independence builds confidence, and limited shifting is required of
This dramatic work for symphony orchestra is a perfect opener or closer. From mysterious and dark melodies to driving rhythmic lines, the music provides an opportunity to showcase the power of your
This Americana-themed fanfare gives every section of the orchestra an opportunity to shine - complete with foot stomps, instrument slaps, pizzicato, and rosin-smoking fiddle passages.
A musical description of four of the wonders of the ancient world: the grandeur of the Temple of Artemis located in Ephesus (present-day Turkey); the majesty of the Great Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt;
This piece celebrates the wonder of every living creature, including humankind. The opening melody, beautiful yet simple, portrays the miracle of birth in all its mystery. The energetic theme that follows
Originally composed for string quartet in 1922, Andante festivo was rescored by the composer in 1938 for string orchestra with timpani. The work emphasizes the warmth and rich sonority of the
This ancient Basque Christmas carol originates from the 13th century and tells the story of the Angel Gabriel's Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. This carol is also known by the title Gabriel's
This well-known American fiddle tune is great for young string ensembles. Students will enjoy an introduction to easy shuffle technique, the interesting bass line, and melodies passed to every section of
This work is a metaphor likening the mining and refining of silver to the rehearsal process, where the "raw material" is gradually honed into a sparkling, refined performance. The music starts with a murky
This iconic piece by Giuseppe Verdi is presented here in B minor and G major. This allows the violins to really shine while all parts have melodic interest. True to the original, the optional percussion
Set in E minor, this performance piece reinforces a myriad of teaching concepts. The anvil part will be popular, and playable by a member of the ensemble on brake drum or bass drum.
The folk-style melodies of old-time Appalachian music are captured in this lively work for string orchestra! Strummed rhythms, syncopation, and an exciting accelerando lend excitement and energy
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