Rhythm Dances

Unleash your orchestra with this wild dance that includes moments of lightheartedness, unabashed lyricism, and intense rhythmic outbursts. A riveting performance will take an audience on an emotional roller coaster.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Brian Balmages

Difficulty: Grade 4

Duration: 3:30

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

Bowings: Yes

 

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Celtica

Celtica was conceived as a piece for young orchestras that wish to feature an advanced violinist within the orchestra or invite a guest soloist. The work finds its inspiration in the beautiful, lyrical lines and powerful, driving rhythms of Celtic music.
The soloist is encouraged to add appropriate embellishments for a more authentic feel. Two solo parts are included – an easier part for the many orchestras that would like to feature their young star, and an advanced part for orchestras that wish to invite a guest artist. The work was premiered by the Jeffers Hill Elementary Advanced Orchestra with Soon Hee Newbold on violin.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Brian Balmages

Difficulty: Grade 1

Duration: 3:20

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): YES.

Bowings: Yes

 

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A Solitary Wish

This emotional and reflective work paints a stunning picture of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a homeless person on a street corner. While people walk by the shopping bags, this homeless person only has one holiday wish – to be noticed.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Brian Balmages

Difficulty: Grade 3

Duration: 4:45

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): YES.

Bowings: Yes

 

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Prelude and Fugue

This exceptional work is written in the style of J.S. Bach and is designed to introduce students to counterpoint without being overly demanding. Young musicians will be able to study style and technique, and the scoring will make your group sound like a p
Inspired by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, this work celebrates the elaborate contrapuntal technique that was used in such famous works as The Art of the Fugue and Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Written strictly in the Baroque style, this work is designed to introduce young musicians to counterpoint without being overly demanding. It gives students an opportunity to study style and technique and offers a wide variety of teaching opportunities.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Brian Balmages

Difficulty: Grade 1

Duration: 1:45

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): YES.

Bowings: Yes

 

 

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Burst!

Open your concert with an explosion of energy!
This aggressive work will immediately command your audience’s attention as it combines bold and powerful lines with moments of delicacy and lyricism. Violin players are introduced to the G string and get to explore limited divisi.
An outstanding concert opener!

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Brian Balmages

Difficulty: Grade 1.5

Duration: 1:30

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No. Violin 2= T.C Viola

Bowings: Yes

 

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Velocity

Energize your students and audience with this powerful and dynamic work. Opening in rhythmic unison, the piece quickly projects blocks of sound and a flurry of rhythmic activity. The music comes across as very technical when, in reality, it is quite accessible. The perfect way to take your audience by storm!

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Brian Balmages

Difficulty: Grade 1.5

Duration: 1:45

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): YES.

Bowings: Yes

 

 

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Mantras

This fascinating original by Richard Meyer incorporates easy mixed meter, modal scales and driving syncopations to create a level of excitement not often found in works at this grade level. The energetic Allegro sections surround a Largo section of intense beauty. An ideal concert and contest selection.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Richard Meyer

Difficulty: Grade 4

Duration: 4:45

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

Bowings: Yes

 

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Incantations

“Energetic” and “hard-driving” best describe this tour de force for high school orchestra. Two solo violins and a solo viola introduce this piece with a haunting, lyrical theme. The theme is subsequently taken up by the entire orchestra and expanded, gradually morphing into a fast and frenetic second theme that is aggressive and virtuosic in nature. This second theme is developed in an equally vigorous pizzicato section. The two themes are then heard at the same time, each vying for attention. The pace slackens momentarily before a wildly frantic coda closes the piece. Full of color and intriguing tonalities, this highly original work gives every section of the mature string orchestra a chance to shine.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Richard Meyer

Difficulty: Grade 4

Duration: 4:45

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

Bowings: Yes

 

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Ninja

There’s a ninja on the loose and he’s sneaking through the orchestra. But not for long!
Your students will love making up storylines for what happens next in this colorful Asian-flavored piece that uses only the notes of the D Major scale.
There are plenty of great teaching opportunities here for your first-year students, including pizzicato, accents, crescendos, and melody/accompaniment balance. Fun for everyone! 

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Richard Meyer

Difficulty: Grade 1

Duration: 2:15

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): Yes

Bowings: Yes

 

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Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space

They’re baaaaack! Treat your string orchestra to the sequel of the wildly popular Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space.
New special effects and a delightful “zombie love theme” are added to this highly original tribute to the monster-movie soundtracks of the 1950s.
This sequel is sure to be a favorite of your students and will delight (and terrify!) your audience.
This time, listen to what it sounds like when hungry zombies attack! Fun for everyone!

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Richard Meyer

Difficulty: Grade 3

Duration: 3:30

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

Bowings: Yes

 

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