Collection includes "Comme Il Faut" and "Francini". The elegant tango "Comme Il Faut" was written by the great player, composer, and bandleader Eduardo Arolas (also known as "El Tigre del Bandoneon") between 1917 and his untimely death in 1924. Crisp rhythmic eighth notes and beautiful singing melodic lines converge to create this clean and proper tango. A tribute to violinist and bandleader Enrique Mario Francini (1916-1978), "Francini" captures the beautiful style and tone of the tangos written by its namesake. All members of the string quartet share the limelight at different times throughout the piece. Score and Parts.
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.
The perfect romantic tunes for a wedding or ball, these charts deserve a permanent spot on your setlist. From the first chord, your audience will swoon to "At Last", the signature pop hit for R&B singer Etta James. Playfully, yet gently, perform the smooth, languid sounds of the Edith Piaf classic "La Vie en Rose" at your next gig, and party guests will be transported to a charming bistro in Paris. Bring yourself and your musical colleagues to that place of wonder - share that je ne sais quoi (or ethereal feeling) with quartet members and audience alike.
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.
This arrangement of the widely known Civil War-era fiddle tune "Soldier's Joy" will be a hit with your ensemble or school string program. Challenge yourself and your fellow musicians with the traditional melody of this American hoedown. "Whiskey Before Breakfast" is yet another fun addition to your repertoire. Covered by the likes of Doc Watson and the String Cheese Incident, this tune has strong roots in the British Isles. This lively arrangement offers an accompaniment that takes on a traditional American "boom-chuck" bowing pattern. Score and Parts.
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.
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.
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.
Incorporate these Scottish airs into your set as a nice break from faster tunes. Arranged for advanced beginning or intermediate string orchestra, these two slow tunes in the key of G are somber, yet neither is in a minor key. "Tonight My Sleep Will Be Restless" is a traditional Argyllshire air of unknown authorship first printed in a 1784 book. The easier of the two pieces, "Lamentation for James Moray of Abercarney", should be played with a great deal of rubato. Enjoy its simple beauty.
Full Score (1)
Violin I (8)
Violin II (8)
Violin III - opt. Viola Treble Clef (8)
"Red-Haired Boy" is a traditional Irish reel that has become a standard tune in the American old-time and bluegrass musicians' repertoire. This arrangement combines non-traditional phrase structures and an extended introduction as well as syncopated accompaniment patterns and variations on the basic melody. "Deer in the Headlights", based on the traditional American fiddle tune "Forked Deer", is a "hoe-down" contrasted with a funky ostinato melody, featuring prominent pauses - the deer caught in the headlights. This tune is a favorite with composer and arranger Carlson's audiences.
Includes: Score, 8 Violin I, 8 Violin II, 3 Viola, 8 Violin III (Viola substitute), 5 Cello, 3 Double Bass
Tango, the dance form that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the early 20th century, has been brought back to the forefront of string players' consciousness with these two expressive compositions. Play "Four Tango Postcards" with attitude. This snappy piece consists of four exciting movements: vivace, allegro vivo e molto ritmico, moderato espressivo, and vivo. And execute the modern-flavored "Tango Nuevo" with fun and precision. In it, you'll engage in passionate lines and a bravura finish. Score and Parts.