Shadows in the House for String Orchestra (Grade 2)
Grade 2. This fast swing piece in G minor is reminiscent of the "Young Frankenstein" soft-shoe "Puttin' on the Ritz" (Cole Porter) or that wonderful spy-oriented animation from the early 1960s. Playfully sneaky, with a catchy, singable tune, this work features a tutti pizzicato section, as well as some melodic moments for bass and celli. All parts remain in first position, with a couple of "funky" accidentals thrown in for fun. The swing-eighth feel keeps the mood appropriately shadowy!
Grade 2. This piece for middle school students features a musical portrait of pirates and crashing waves. The 6/8 A section is in D major, featuring hooked bowings and good arpeggio exercises. The B section, in 2/4 and D minor with melody initially in the low strings, has the character of a sea chantey. It can be played all in first position and will require extensions to C sharp for upper strings and cello.
Grade 1. Imagine a hot summer afternoon, a park filled with people, and a big red balloon drifting over the crowd. The balloon man blows up balloon after balloon and hands them to the children. These vivid images are painted in this charming and delicate work. A rare Grade 1 in 3/4, it is perfect for developing counting and pizzicato skills. Written in D major, all four strings are used, and rhythms are simple. All parts use high 2s (except briefly in Violin 1) with a fun harmonic glissando special effect. At the very end, the balloons pop one by one.
Dances of Dido: Fear No Danger and Come Away for String Orchestra (Grade 2)
Ed Zunic has arranged this elegant piece by Henry Purcell for intermediate orchestra. The harmony parts play some chromatic figures (allowing for the introduction of extensions), and dotted rhythms allow the use of hooked bowings. This new arrangement is a lovely way to teach Baroque style to young students. Number of parts: 8-vln1, 8-vln2, 5-vla, 5-cello, 3-bass, score. Grade 2.
Another winner from Robert S. Frost! Rondo form provides three distinct
melodies and contrasting musical opportunities. Uses D and G Major and a
hint of B minor. Fantastic Learning Bank! Includes conductor's score and parts. 2:48
Bach: Chorale and Variation for String Orchestra (Grade 3)
Based on a 15th century Latin hymn, this piece provides great teaching material. An authentic Bach transcription, it is excellent for working on balance, blend, intonation, musical style, independence and phrasing. A great introduction to Bach and the Baroque era. Now 40% off! This item is in slightly less than perfect condition. Cover has a small tear and bent edges.
Title: Bach: Chorale and Variation for String Orchestra (Grade 3), By Bach, Johann Sebastian, Edited by Shirley Strohm Mullins; Anne McGinty, Published by Queenwood/Kjos, Item number: Q442019