All the research reinforces the positive effect of performing a "first concert" with your beginning string players as soon as possible, and this collection was written to help you create a successful and exciting event. All of the compositions in this book use only the notes and skills covered in the first 10 - 12 pages of most typical method books. Of the thirteen pieces, five are pizzicato, and four others may be performed pizzicato or arco, providing you with the flexibility to select material that matches your students' abilities.
Title: Jumpstart First Concert for Strings, Edited by Robert Woods, Published by Lorenz Corporation
Baroque, Classical and Romantic favorites. 25 arrangements. Contents include: (Bach, Johann Sebastian) Arioso from Cantata #156;
Brandenburg Concerto #6 in Bb Major Adagio;
Brandenburg Concerto #6 in Bb Major Allegro;
Brandenburg Concerto #6 in Bb Major Finale;
My Heart Ever Faithful Aria from Cantata #68;
Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata #208;
(Beethoven, Ludwig van) Ode to Joy;
Piano Sonata #8, Op. 13 'Pathetique' Adagio;
(Borodin, Alexander) String Quartet #2 in D Major Nocturne;
(Chopin, Frederic) Prelude from Op. 28, #15;
Prelude from Op. 28, #4;
(Faure, Gabriel) Pavane;
(Franck, Cesar) Panis Angelicus from Messe Solonnelle, Op. 12;
(Handel, George Frederick) Fireworks Music La Rejouissance;
(Haydn, Franz) Joseph String Quartet in F Major, Op. 3, #5 Andante;
(Mendelssohn, Felix) A Midsummer Night's Dream Wedding March;
(Mouret, Jean-Joseph) Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares;
(Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus) Andante from K. 316 for Flute and Orchestra;
(Puccini, Giacomo) Crisantemi;
(Purcell, Henry) Trumpet Tune;
(Schubert, Franz) Ave Maria;
(Schumann, Robert) Kinderscenen Am Camin;
(Tschaikovsky, Peter Ilyich) Romeo and Juliet Love Theme from Overture-Fantasy ;
(Vivaldi, Antonio) Four Seasons Allegro from Spring.
Title: Music For Four: Volume 2, Published by Last Resort Music Publishing
This is an original collection of multi-level pieces with flexible scoring that can be played by any combination of violin, viola, and cello. Each trio has two easy parts and one part for a teacher or advanced student. The optional piano accompaniments provide additional musical color to the ensemble.
Title: Trio Tapestry, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
String Quartet No. 1 (Inspired by Leo Tolstoy's Kreutzer Sonata)
In October 1923 the Czech Quartet invited Leos Janacek to "compose something for them". This provided the stimulus for his first string quartet. The work was inspired by Tolstoy's "Kreutzer Sonata" (which he had written influenced by Beethoven's famous violin sonata).
Janacek had also read Tolstoy's story earlier in the original Russian and already at that time it had inspired him to compose a piano trio in 1907 which was later lost.
Janacek's string quartet is a masterwork by the almost 70-year-old composer. The work sparked a creative impulse which continued with the composition of the second string quartet "Intimate Letters" in the last years of the composer's life.
Porgy and Bess for Strings Arranged for String Quartet or String Orchestra
This collection, arranged for string quartet or string orchestra by William Zinn, includes the titles SUMMERTIME; IT AIN'T NECESSARILY SO; BESS, YOU IS MY WOMAN; I GOT PLENTY OF NUTTIN'; A WOMAN IS A SOMETIME THING; THERE'S A BOAT DAT'S LEAVIN' SOON FOR NEW YORK; OH LAND, I'M ON MY WAY; MY MAN'S GONE NOW.
Title: Porgy and Bess for Strings Arranged for String Quartet or String Orchestra, By Gershwin, George, Edited by William Zinn, Published by IMP Limited
All in first position with simple rhythms, string-friendly keys, and a variety of bowing styles, this book is the perfect companion to any elementary method. Offering seven original duets, this collection features vivid personality and character for elementary strings.
1. Starry Night
2. Almost Together
3. Jamaican Spice
7. Mimi the Cat