Using only the notes of the D
major scale, Richard Meyer has fashioned a medieval-sounding piece that
is sure to fascinate your beginning string students. The minor key,
modal harmonies and driving rhythms give this piece a very mature sound.
The aggressive main theme is introduced by violins and violas, with
cello and bass in counterpoint. The theme later returns in canon, with
cellos and basses being chased (hunted) by the violins and violas. Very
dramatic from start to finish! This title is available through
Listen closely and you'll hear them coming . . . it's the Cello Squadron
to the rescue! This fun and exciting section feature has it
all---roaring airplane engines (on cello C strings of course!),
"dive-bombing" glissandos, and a heroic main theme based on Wagner's
famous Ride of the Valkyries. Designed to give everyone in the
orchestra a chance to learn and practice their triplet rhythms, this
piece is sure to spark the imagination of all of your students.
Correlates with String Explorer Book Two, unit 5. This title is available through SmartMusic.