The composition of the first string quartet "From My Life" was preceded by a period of fateful changes in Smetana's life. In 1874 he lost his hearing. Two years later he moved with his family to Jabkenice in the countryside, which seemed to him like an expulsion; he suffered from his deafness and missed contact with like-minded company. He presented the string quartet as a conversation within a close circle of four friends who discuss what is tormenting them. It is a kind of passionate and resigned dialogue between a spirited person and his destiny. Smetana's first string quartet soon became one of the most frequently performed works in the quartet repertoire.
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.
Bach: Three Chorales for String Orchestra (Grade 3)
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise, Sleepers Wake and How Brightly Shines the Morning Star are just three of more than 300 chorales that Bach harmonized. These are great pieces for warm ups (each chorale is in a different key: D, G and C) as well as concerts. Excellent for teaching balance, blend, intonation, musical style, phrasing, and attacks and releases.
Title: Bach: Three Chorales for String Orchestra (Grade 3), By Bach, Johann Sebastian, Edited by Shirley Strohm Mullins/Anne McGinty, Published by Queenwood/Kjos, Item number: Q442035
These easy to play pieces are versatile for string quartet or string orchestra. Young players can develop their practice routine while having fun rehearsing these tantalizing pieces. These tangos are great for concert-performance and wonderful for festive occasions.
Title: Tango for Strings (String Quartet), By Speckert, George A., Published by Barenreiter, Item number: BA9415
Composer/Author: Peter Loel Boonshaft.
Teaching Music with Passion is a one-of-a-kind, collective masterpiece of thoughts, ideas and suggestions about the noble profession of music education. Both inspirational and instructional, it will surely change the way you teach (and think) about music. Filled with personal experiences, anecdotes and wonderful quotations, this book is an easy-to-read, essential treasure! One of the most 'real' writings I have read during my 35 years in music education. - Mel Clayton, President, MENC: The National Association for Music Education
Title: Teaching Music with Passion, Published by Hal Leonard, Item number: 317129
This urtext edition represents the first complete scholarly-critical edition of Mendelssohn's three violin sonatas, including two early sonatas and both versions of the Sonata in F Major (1838/1839). Includes preface, facsimiles, and critical commentary. Edited by Hiromi Hoshino and Takeshi Kiriyama.