Composed in 1772 for two oboes, two horns, and strings, this string orchestra arrangement has maintained the composition's original spirit while making it more approachable for students. It's a wonderful piece for teachers who are working on Classical style and technique.
This fiery overture in 6/8 time features bold, cinematic melodies that transform into passionate arias and back again. Seasoned string orchestras will be excited for the chance to show off part independence, shifting, chromatic harmonies and advanced bowing techniques including optional jete bowing. An optional advanced harp part is included to give the piece even more dramatic flair!
Imagine living in the 1920s and hearing an airplane flying closely over your home for the first time. Many folks would be very curious by such an event and delighted by the aerial spectacle that followed. These pilots were called barnstormers because they would often land their planes in a farmer's field close to a barn. The work features energetic rhythms and memorable melodies along with percussive clapping.
From its festive opening rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High" to a peaceful "Away In a Manger" and a majestic treatment of "O Come, All Ye Faithful," this delightful mini-collection will fill your audience with yuletide cheer! This yearly favorite has been carefully edited and re-engraved to work especially well at your next holiday concert.
Diversify your concert program with this captivating arrangement based on the 1913 Peruvian melody and inspired by traditional Andean mountain music. This arrangement will interest your students as it contains great expressiveness, gorgeous harmonies, a smooth and rustic contrast in the accompaniment, the quotation of the famous Dies Irae Gregorian chant, optional solo parts for violin and cello, and a dramatic ending.
Written in celebration of the 2014 World Cup Final, this epic duel is staged between the German national anthem (Haydn’s Emperor’s Hymn) and Argentina’s most famous tango (Carlos Gardel’s Por una cabeza). In the end, Germany reigns victorious and the piece closes with a triumphant rendering of their anthem.
In this modern twist on Mendelssohn's epic Hebrides Overture, low strings get to dig into energetic accented bass lines as two prominent themes weave through the orchestra. This arrangement is very playable in first position with a few simple accidentals. Every section of the orchestra is featured using the same melodic echoes that inspired Mendelssohn almost two centuries ago. Includes optional drum set.
The three songs of the Finnish Folk Song Suite were chosen for their common connection to nature. Everyone gets a chance at the melody in this collection of minor key folk songs that are reminiscent of Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, but much easier to play!
Get your students set for the winter season with this fun arrangement of Jingle Bells! Filled with energetic accompaniments to the main tune, this piece is a great chance for your students to build their chromatic fingering skills while allowing more advanced violins to begin practicing shifting. An appearance by a Tchaikovsky favorite at the end will give your students and your audience a surprise treat!
The eerie sounds of loons can be heard under the night moon. This original work in 3/4 echoes their bizarre calls into the night. When all the people are asleep, these lake birds have their own party, and the orchestra becomes an acoustic heavy-metal band!
This straightforward Baroque march works as either a processional or concert work for beginning to intermediate strings. It's a pleasing arrangement that reinforces many concepts such as dotted quarter-note rhythms, two-note slurs, and fourth fingers.
This programmatic work depicts a bullfight, beginning with the matador's fanfare entrance. After the various stages of the fight, the music comes to a rousing end. The many doublings of this intermediate work allow orchestras to play it with missing instrumentation.
Folk songs have a long and mysterious history. Their origins are unknown; they have come down to us mainly through an oral tradition passed from generation to generation. Many of the folk songs we have come to know and love are rooted in the ancient region of northern England and southern Scotland known as Northumbria. The three folk songs in this suite reflect this vibrant, wild and deeply historic region.
This finale was originally scored in F major for strings, oboe and continuo. The edition moves the key to D Major, adds a unique second violin part and provides added articulations to make the work more accessible for student musicians. Boyce's charming melody is reminiscent of a sailor’s hornpipe, with the slower section providing contrast and delicate beauty.
This compelling work captures the grandeur and imagery of Sequoia National Park. The hymnlike theme is powerful and yet relatively simple, nicely suited to beginning to intermediate students. It provides a great opportunity to develop a maturing tone with long and sustained bow strokes.
Take a trip back to Ancient Greece with this fun and energetic work! It contains many educational features to help improve technique. Students will encounter two-note to six-note slurs, pizzicato, staccato and legato bowings, rhythms in 3/4 time, and dynamic contrast, along with an emphasis on playing octaves. The powerful melody is carefully woven throughout all parts while the accompaniment reinforces anchoring the first finger for better intonation.
Firmly rooted in the standard violin repertoire, Symphonie Espagnole is a brilliant work that showcases the violin's lyrical beauty and technical virtuosity with a Spanish style. After keeping the opening solo passage, the powerful melodies are then passed throughout the orchestra. The first movement is arranged here for string orchestra, shortened and simplified for playability. However, Lalo's original fiery masterpiece comes through clearly. The timpani part is included, and highly recommended, to achieve the most authentic sound.
This arrangement condenses the instrumentation from full orchestra to string orchestra, but many of the original elements have been preserved. Although arranged in the key of G Major instead of the original B-flat Major, it allows greater accessibility for student ensembles. This impressive masterwork offers students great exposure to the late Classical era and to the legendary melodic writing of Franz Schubert.
Pleyel’s Symphony in D is a delightful work. It opens with in D minor with a highly dramatic, even operatic overture character, but then moves into a refreshing, spirited D major presto. Primary material has been drawn from the original (1792) string parts, augmented with substantial harmonic function and rhythmic momentum from the woodwind and brass parts.
Trailblazing is an exciting ride across the frontier plains! Set in first position and using only notes of the D and G scales, this catchy tune gallops forward with a steady eighth-note ostinato. A quiet interlude evokes scenes of campfires and slow-moving cattle drives before the race begins again. Every section gets melodic material in this spirited tribute to the Wild West.
"Ventus" is the Latin word for wind. This work depicts the beauty and fury of the wind through both E minor and G Major tonalities. Bow articulations range from powerful staccato and lyrical legato to energetic spiccato in the coda section. Dissonance is featured throughout to create a sense of tension and resolution. This triumphant-sounding piece is very approachable and fun to play, with all parts given meaningful contributions throughout.
Windchasers depicts the soaring flight of starling flocks twisting in the winds of a growing storm. As relentless staccato rhythms drive the melody forward, the whirlwind dies down for some pizzicato "rain" before the original theme rises again. This work helps reinforce low one- and two- finger patterns and half-position (bass) in the key of D minor, while staying in first position.