This collection of well-known Christmas and Chanukah melodies is perfect for any gathering of string players, in any configuration. The most accessible keys have been chosen. Players opting for the string quartet or orchestra groupings will find that the melody is passed around so all members of the ensemble have "tune opportunity." Parts are conveniently sold separately, allowing performing groups to mix and match to their own specifications. The piano accompaniment can be used with all the versions. For string quartet or string orchestra.
Jingle Bells in D Major
Joy to the World
Away in a Manger
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Jingle Bells in A Major
Lo, How a Rose
O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
Title: Festive Strings, Edited by Joanne Martin, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
At last the excitement of traditional folk fiddling can be experienced by your entire string orchestra! Written by two renowned educators, this fun and motivating collection of 16 cross-cultural fiddle tunes is presented in a unique format that makes it perfect for players of any level or age. Each tune includes a solo version, followed by a 3-part "arrangement" for group performance. Chord symbols, for improvisation additional instruments (guitar, mandolin, etc.) are also included.
Title: Fiddlers Philharmonic, Edited by Dabczynski, Andrew H. and Phillips, Bob, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Folk Strings is a collection of folk melodies from around the world arranged for strings. This collection includes melodies in a variety of moods and with rhythmic patterns which are representative of their country of origin. The arrangements in Folk Strings can be effective with players at a variety of levels. Less experienced players can play the melody line. In order to provide maximum flexibility, the collection is available in a number of instrumentations. The melody is passed around so that all members of the ensemble can have the opportunity to play the tune. Score and parts are marked with "Melody" and "Harmony" to help players bring out the melody at the appropriate moment.
Title: Folk Strings, Edited by Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, Book 2 continues your student's musical journey by teaching with segmented presentation of new concepts and introducing ensemble playing. Isolating concepts and teaching them individually helps facilitate understanding of the more advanced material. Following the unique Sound Innovations organization by levels, the book contains four levels, each of which are divided into several sections that introduce concepts separately and provide plenty of practice and performance opportunities to reinforce each lesson. Visit www.alfred.com/soundinnovations for more information.
Sound Innovations is a revolutionary new method for string orchestra that combines time-tested educational concepts, input from thousands of teachers, and advances in modern technology. Using solid pedagogy that follows state and national music education standards, the method can be customized by teachers to use their own experiences in creating the best approach for their classroom.
Master Classes with expert musicians and teachers on DVD
Recorded melody examples and play-along accompaniments in mp3 format for every line of music
The first 100 lines of music are Free in SmartMusic
Clean page layout for quick identification of concepts
Clear, focused goals presented with each exercise
Six levels of lessons to provide benchmarks of progress
Uncomplicated approach to introducing and reinforcing rhythm and other concepts
Also available: Director's Choice Edition, which includes everything in the standard edition plus the opportunity to customize the method to suit your program's needs. Visit alfred.com/soundinnovations for more details.
New from the Philharmonic series, this collection is an absolutely perfect way to introduce Celtic fiddling to your youngest string players! Eleven tunes from the Celtic fiddling tradition are presented first in a simplified, very easy "Basic" version of the tune printed with note names in the note heads. The tune is also presented in an "Advanced", but still accessible version of the tune. Lyrics are included where applicable. The optional accompaniment CD features recordings of the Basic and the Advanced tune as well as a back-up track for play-along at home or in class.
Music for a Found Harmonium for String Orchestra (Grade 2.5)
Written in 1984 by English
composer Simon Jeffes (1949-1997), Music for a Found Harmonium has been
described as "minimalist folk music," and has been recorded by groups
ranging from contemporary music ensembles to Irish folk bands. It has
been used in movies, and is widely recognized for its appearance in the
soundtrack to the popular Napoleon Dynamite. In this arrangement, the
quirky but energetic melody is introduced by the violas and celli, and
is later echoed and elaborated by the violins. Joyful rhythmic figures,
challenging accents, syncopations, and a driving bass line all punctuate
the accompaniment throughout the piece. Here's a chance for the
orchestra to explore a fascinating musical style while stretching their
technique in an exuberant work that is bound to bring the audience to
Title: Music for a Found Harmonium for String Orchestra (Grade 2.5), By Jeffes, Simon, Edited by Andrew Dabczynski, Published by Highland/Etling, Item number: 24979