With a completely unique take on this classic, Inverno transforms the beauty of the second movement of Vivaldi's famous Winter Concerto and weaves it into the excitement of the first movement. The perfect selection for your winter concert!
Legends of Glory features a majestic theme that weaves through contrasting sections in the key of E minor. As ancient voices recall tales of forgotten glory, a sacred moment of reflection gives way to a stormy battle in the cello and bass section, building to a victorious key change to A minor. With just a little third position in first violin, it's an accessible and exciting work for developing players!
This three-movement suite of Bizet's megahit "Carmen" is carefully arranged to work well with your high school string orchestra. Each movement is musically interesting and preserves the passion of the original score. Use the optional percussion part for added intensity.
This original work uses "blue" notes, jazzy riffs, and an ostinato bass line (lower strings) to build to a nice full sound. A conductors' favorite, newly revised for 2015.
This inspired holiday medley begins with a fiddle tune and quickly introduces the familiar songs of I Saw Three Ships, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and eventually Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming. Tunes are brilliantly woven together to make an exciting collage of sound.
You can almost hear the choir in the background as you listen to the sentimentally beautiful Mountain Hymn. The piece is dedicated to the composer's two nieces who came from Mexico to be baptized at a small church near her home in the Ecuadorian highlands. This work will give young musicians practice with lyrical playing and expressive dynamics, all within a piece in D major that falls very easily on young musicians' fingers.
Christmas in the Renaissance uses three songs originating during the Renaissance: Riu, Riu, Chiu; Dadme Albricias Hijos d’Eva and Ding, Dong Merrily on High. All three songs began their lives as dances, so the music should be light and energetic. The percussion part adds to the character of the music.
This jubilant overture is bristling with energetic ostinatos and heroic melodies for each section. Students and audiences will be inspired by its triumphant, romantic style. This is among Doug Spata's most exciting works, and it definitely belongs in your music library!
This wild piece calls for violins and violas to use a one-finger glissando creating a very eerie effect. Cellos will get to strum three-note chords with their thumb while canonic passages make your group work together as never before. Wicked!
Momentium is a powerful original work utilizing driving rhythms and harmonies laced with irresistible suspensions and includes an emotional solo for violin in the middle section. Add driving orchestral percussion and fiery ostinatos and you have a superb choice for concerts.
Written in the traditional tango style, this work gives each section a chance to shine with many opportunities for stylistic playing. Students will develop bow control to sustain phrases and practice going from arco to pizz. The syncopated rhythms are easily taught and fun to learn.
Fleetwing is a soaring concert overture featuring shimmering ostinatos, chromatic harmonies, bold accents, and bracing grace note runs. Melodies pass fluidly between sections of the orchestra before the central development section breaks the motifs down and introduces a greater degree of part independence. The main themes then regroup and culminate in an exciting, satisfying finish.
The first movement of the Pastoral Symphony depicts the composer's “awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside.” This arrangement, intended for the second-year student, keeps Beethoven's timeless melodies while remaining in first position.
Geared to beginners, it uses only quarter note and quarter rest rhythms in D Major. The use of thematic repetition along with contrasting dynamics and articulations make this piece easy to learn yet interesting for all beginning players.
Opening with a catchy theme, this work explores countermelodies as well as recurrences of the theme. Syncopated rhythms are common and are aided by running eighth notes that help subdivide the pattern. It's a powerful, technically challenging work that students will love to play.
This wonderful arrangement for beginning orchestra combines both Silent Night and The First Noel. Set in D major, it has been arranged so that violin, viola, and cello sections use only the D and A strings, while the bass section uses just the G and D strings. This fundamental arrangement is free of slurs and dotted rhythms yet still retains the spirit and charm of the original carols.
From the hard-driving rhythms to the almost comical pizzicato section, this work has a buoyancy and playful character reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons. The powerful main theme will motivate your group of minions to achieve musical excellence. Your students will love playing this one!
This exciting work allows all parts to enjoy the driving force of a rhythmico ostinato. The catchy melodic content of this piece is shared by all. Written as a “sequel” to the ever-popular Blue Rhythmico.
This fun alternative-style original works great with beginning strings and sounds much harder than it is. Students will love the energetic rock beat! The suggested drum part really drives the piece.
This exuberant finale from Symphony No. 104 is Haydn at his best. The memorable theme is given to each section, and edits were made to give high school orchestras the best sound possible. Introduce your students to this master symphony writer to help reinforce classical style, bow technique, shifting, and dynamics.