Pop Songs from the Twilight Saga for String Quartet
Play two dreamy tunes from the bestselling soundtrack of he Twilight Saga: New Moon - "Shooting the Moon" and "Slow Life". Arranger Eric Gorfain translates the folksy, psychedelic sounds of the indie-rock bands Grizzly Bear and OK Go into string arrangements that are sure to energize a school recital or bring a contemporary touch to any casual gig.
Christmas Songs for String Quartet: Silent Night and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Celebrate the holiday season with unique arrangements of two much-loved Christmas carols. "Silent Night" is a compilation of wintry night-related tunes, including passages by Mozart and Borodin. The Baroque/disco-rock arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" delivers solo opportunities and a fresh, alternative approach to a holiday favorite. Score and Parts.
Play music from Elvis Presley's musical film Blue Hawaii, including an arrangement of the title song that evokes the tropical nights and cool breezes of Waikiki, and an arrangement of "Hawaiian Wedding Song" that captures the romantic essence of Elvis' version. They're a perfect addition to any string quartet's wedding book. Score and Parts.
Whether it's coping with overuse problems, conquering performance anxiety, or just keeping your body in great string-playing shape, experts from the pages of Strings magazine will help you in all areas of player wellness. This handy guide includes helpful tips from performers, teachers, students and doctors to keep you playing at your best.
Title: Healthy String Playing, Published by String Letter Publishing, Item number: 00695955
Eastern European Dance Music for String Quartet: Klezzified and Hora Mare
Get your audience up and dancing. They'll be unable to resist clapping along to these two festive compositions. Klezzfied is an original medley of two klezmer-style tunes, one a Romanian-style hora, and the second an upbeat "freylach". Hora Mare is a dramatic and lively traditional Romanian dance tune. Score and Parts.
Collection includes "Paranoid Antroid" and "House of Cards". Orchestral in scope, but rock by instrumentation, Radiohead pushed the musical limits of rock music with its 1997 landmark album OK Computer. This arrangement of the album's epic track "Paranoid Android" will challenge any string quartet. Tricky rhythms and time-signature changes are just the tip of the iceberg for this complex piece of music. Polar opposite in tone to "Paranoid Android" is the Grammy-nominated song "House of Cards" (In Rainbows, 2007), an uncharacteristically relaxed Radiohead love ballad. Melodically deadpan, the crux of the song lies in the rhythmic groove created by the guitar figure faithfully played in this string quartet arrangement by the viola. Score and Parts.
Pop Hits for String Quartet: New Slang (The Shins) and Yellow (Coldplay)
Two of alternative rock's best known ballads are translated into concise arrangements that capture the dynamic power of Coldplay's "Yellow" and the quiet melodicism of the Shins' "New Slang". Score and Parts arranged by Eric Gorfain.
Title: Pop Hits for String Quartet: New Slang and Yellow; Published by: String Letter Publishing, Item number: HL00842384 or 00842384
Arranged for a beginning string group, these easy-to-play folk hymns are recommended for school programs, worship services, and recitals. This textured arrangement of "Amazing Grace" features four variations. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has recorded "Simple Gifts", a folk hymn that has become part of the classical music tradition, and he performed the tune with violinist Itzhak Perlman and others at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.
Score and Parts.
Latin-Jazz Songs for String Quartet: Besame Mucho and Song for My Father
Add the Afro-Cuban and Latin beats of Bésame Mucho and Song for My Father to your repertoire. When Consuelo Velasquez wrote Bésame Mucho ("kiss me a lot right now") before her 16th birthday, she had never been kissed. This popular song was written in 1940 and has been recorded by the Beatles, Nat "King" Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, and many others. Jazz pianist Horace Silver wrote the jazz standard Song for My Father in 1964 in tribute to his father, a native of the Cape Verde Islands. Score and Parts.
Rock Originals for String Quartet: Grounded and Crazy in October
Mix it up with original rock tunes from composer Anna Stafford. Keep it light while playing Grounded, a charmingly simple rock 'n' roll piece best played with a classical approach. Bring a bit of twang to your rock mood with the dreamy Crazy in October. Explore unique, intriguing themes with these dynamic, expressive, and conversational compositions. Score and Parts.
"Grand Mamou" and "Allons a Lafayette" are two tunes from the great tradition of Louisiana Acadian dance music, which draws on French, German, and African-American influences. The Cajun fiddle tradition can be immensely inspiring and rewarding for any string player to explore, with its rhythmic energy and unique, expressive vocabulary.
Includes parts for 8 Violin I, 8 Violin II, 3 Viola, 8 Violin III (Viola substitute), 5 Cello, and 3 Double Bass.
Turn your orchestra into a big band for the night with Duke Ellington's swing classics. The loping bass line, the sinewy horn parts, and the intricate harmonies of "Echoes of Harlem" are translated into an artful arrangement for string orchestra. The warm, chocolaty tones of the viola really shine in this piece. In this delightful rendition of "I'm Just a Lucky So and So", the violist plays the saxophone and trombone parts while the second violinist sings. The lighthearted song has been recorded by everyone from Tony Bennett to Ella Fitzgerald to Diana Krall. Includes a full set of score and parts.