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Holiday Music for String Orchestra
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Hanukkah Music for Orchestra
Pop and Show Music for Orchestra
Classical Music for String Orchestra
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Resplendence is an exclamation of joy and serves as the fanfare for a glorious return. An uplifting theme in G major briefly moves into E-flat major, developing the motif through modal shifts and expanding accompaniments. Variations in the relative minor build to a spectacular climax, driving the accelerating melody to a triumphant conclusion.
In this multi-level arrangement for string or full orchestra, both new and experienced students get to enjoy the excitement of Offenbach's famous dance. The piece can be performed with strings only, with parts for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Or, add optional advanced wind, brass, and percussion parts for a full orchestra concert- combined levels or advanced players only. A grand finale to your pyramid concert that will motivate young musicians with a great sense of pride!
Magical Ireland has been the setting for countless captivating adventures in literature, art, film, and music. This enthralling work will lead your students to the edge of their musical imaginations. From the proud Celtic heartbeat of the bodhran (Celtic drum) to the heartfelt and noble middle section, this uplifting 6/8 piece for intermediate orchestra will be an enchanting journey for all.
The overture to "Cesare in Farmacusa," an opera that tells of the boy Julius Caesar's journey by sea in a treacherous storm to Farmacusa, near Sicily. The plot abounds with pirates, gypsy lovers, and of course, Roman gods, all of which provided much entertainment to the audiences at the time.
Premiered in 1937 by the Philadelphia Orchestra, this symphony, subtitled "Song of a New Race," infuses elements of blues and jazz into the classical form, creating a uniquely blended sound to reflect Stills' vision of an increasingly diverse American culture. Originally composed for full orchestra, this slightly abridged second movement for string orchestra includes the original harp part, honoring the legacy of one of America's greatest composers.
The Andante movement features a lyrical melody that is first heard in the violins and then echoed by the violas, cellos, and basses. The first violin part requires shifting as high as third position, and fingering suggestions are included. The second violin part is active and requires strong players. Both movements should use tapered phrasing and light, clean, off-the-string bow strokes. The cello part includes viola cues that can be helpful if there is a smaller viola section in the ensemble.
This lively Rondeau from Bologne's Six String Quartets, op. 1 is a classic seven-part rondo in G major, D major, and G minor. As was typical of the Classical style, the melody is heard mainly in the first violin while the other sections provide supporting harmonic and rhythmic roles. The essence of the string quartet scoring is retained by having the bass double the cello part, resulting in a charming and accessible concert selection.
Long a favorite for orchestra concert and contest events, two of the enigmatic "Capriol Suite's" most famous movements, Basse-Danse and Mattachins (Sword Dance), are adapted here for intermediate orchestra, allowing younger students to experience the high-energy melodies and unique harmonies of these popular dances.
A rare transcription of the extraordinary music of German composer Emilie Mayer (1812-1883)! While most of her compositions remained unpublished, Mayer's works were acclaimed in Germany and she toured frequently performing her music during her lifetime. This stormy final movement from her second symphony reveals Mayer's bold and confident style. This arrangement for string orchestra and timpani was painstakingly drawn from the handwritten score.
This sure-to-be concert favorite is a medley of three "timeless" songs: Summertime; As Time Goes By and Time After Time. Although arranged for full orchestra, this piece is perfectly playable by strings alone. The strings also get the rare opportunity to swing! Scored for six percussionists but playable with five. The perfect highlight on your next concert program!
With stunning music as intriguing as the motion picture's storyline, this arrangement can be performed by string orchestra alone or with any combination of winds and percussion up to a full orchestra. Featuring these highlights from the score: The Secrets of Dumbledore; Lally; Countersight; The Room We Require and Hedwig's Theme.
Your orchestra will rock the audience with Kenny Loggins' hit Danger Zone from the movie "Top Gun." This flexible arrangement will work for string orchestra alone or with as many added winds and percussionists as possible, up to full orchestra. A perfect choice for a combined ensemble collaboration or any pops concert.
This dramatic work for symphony orchestra is a perfect opener or closer. From mysterious and dark melodies to driving rhythmic lines, the music provides an opportunity to showcase the power of your ensemble, the beauty of your soloists, and the talent of your percussion section. Many cues are provided for groups without full instrumentation, making this accessible to many. Riveting!
Written for more advanced full orchestras, this stunning original cinematic overture will transport your orchestra to the movie soundstage. The scene is set with a dramatic, rhythmic ostinato joined by the melody and builds to an intense peak before slowly fading away. This piece provides plenty of technical displays for your string and woodwind sections as well as the perfect opportunity to showcase the power and range of the brass. (3:45)
This dynamic concert opener can also be used for graduations or other ceremonial events that evoke the atmosphere of a stately processional. This piece portrays the majesty of Mount Olympus calling out from on high as mighty heroes heed the summons and assemble. Brilliant fanfares flourish and the thunder of percussion captures the drama and triumphant victories echoing throughout the ages. A great showcase for a strong horn section!
Many fictional works portray the moon as a living being, alone in space while looking at the Earth. This lullaby honors this "living moon," portraying various emotions including the loneliness of watching us from space and the moments of comfort as the moon proudly watches over us.
This piece combines elementary, middle school, and high school string orchestras, each playing age-appropriate material, making for the perfect closer to an all-city multi-level concert. During the course of this energetic rondo, each group is featured on their own melody. As the piece unfolds, the melodies are creatively combined, keeping all the players on their toes. Grade levels for the three groups are: elementary - Grade 1.5; middle school - Grade 2.5; high school - Grade 3.5.