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.