Medieval Kings

Reminiscent of the Dark Ages when kings ruled and knights protected, this fantastic work for beginning strings has an epic sound. Optional percussion adds a regal feel and sets the perfect mood for life in medieval times. Outstanding!

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: Soon Hee Newbold

Difficulty: Grade 1

Duration: 1:45

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No. (2nd violin treble clef viola)

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Grandioso♩= 100

Key: E Minor

Publisher: The FJH Music Company Inc

 

 

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Medieval Sketches

Medieval Sketches MP3

A Dorian chant melody provides the basis for this work in three parts: Plainsong, Aria, and Gigue.
Modal harmonies surround the chant, and you’ll find that this piece was carefully composed to sound more difficult than it actually is.
The 6/8 Gigue provides an energetic, exciting finale.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: Elliot del Borgo

Difficulty: Grade 3

Duration: 6:00

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No. 

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Con Spirito♩. = 112

Key: E Minor

Publisher: Elliot Del Borgo Publications

 

 

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Impulse (String Orchestra)

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For the very youngest musicians, this highly energetic piece does not use any eighth notes, is based on a one-octave D Major scale, and uses mostly stepwise motion throughout. Almost all string crossings involve an open string.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: Brian Balmages

Difficulty: Grade 0.5

Duration: 1:15

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No. (2nd violin treble clef for viola)

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Driving and Spirited♩ = 144

Key: E Dorian (##)

Publisher: The FHJ Music Company Inc.

 

 

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What’s Next on String Orchestra Sheet Music

1. I am arranging Elgar’s Nimrod for multiple level string orchestra.

I’m dividing the string orchestra into many sections: violin 1, 2 and 3, violas 1 and 2, cellos 1 and 2 and double bass. 
Many string orchestra teachers have complained that there aren’t many pieces covering many levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced). 
This is an experiment, as always. 
I will send you Nimrod as soon as it’s ready (right out of the oven).

2. I am writing an original piece for string orchestra called Totality.

It will include a comic like Medieval Warrior and Epic Angel.  And I will create a bundle of all three pieces.
Totality will be about the total solar eclipse I experienced in August 2017 (USA).
I traveled many miles to experience one of the most incredible spectacles ever!
It was my dream since I started doing amateur astronomy in 2005.
The piece will tell the story of how our ancestors saw the eclipse and how different we see it today.

3. I am writing a book for violin on bow technique.

Like my Third Position Studies for Violin, this book will consist of original compositions that are meant to be exercises and etudes while providing interesting melodic and harmonic material to students.
My students have enjoyed the book and I look forward to seeing how this new book will improve their sound and overall bow technique.
Right now, I’m studying all 6 books of the Sevcik op.2 on bow technique. Cool Stuff!

That’s all for now. Until next post!

Aboriginal Rituals (String Orchestra)

Rhythmic fervor best describes this exciting new work for intermediate orchestra.

With wind parts eliminated for a string-only performance, this selection retains its energy while developing different textures.

This piece is contemporary in nature yet offers maximum flexibility for both instructional and performance opportunities.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: Elliot del Borgo

Difficulty: Grade 2.5

Duration: 4:40

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Con Brio♩ = 138

Key: G minor

Publisher: Belwin Music

 

 

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Heart of Fire (String Orchestra)

 

Inspired by those incredible figures in history whose passion and perseverance are legendary, this bold work is a tribute to those fiery hearts that have left a legacy of a better life for us today.

The opening sixteenth note pulse in the strings immediately grasps the audience’s attention as the music propels forward.

A haunting lyrical melody becomes the focus of the second section, which features solos in both violin parts, viola and cello.

A brief transition brings back the aggressive themes from the opening as the work comes to a powerful conclusion!

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: Lauren Bernofsky

Difficulty: Grade 3

Duration: 5:00

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): Yes

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Allegro ♩ = 96-120 Ad. lib.

Key: A minor

A word for this piece: Ardour

Publisher: FJH Music Company Inc.

 

 

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Medieval Wars (String Orchestra)

Medieval Wars takes us back to the popular tournaments of the Middle Ages when knights would compete against each other in various events – most notably, jousting.
The opening theme seemingly emerges out of silence and soon indicates the entry of the knights into the stadium.

One can picture the procession of these noble knights, riding their magnificent horses and dressed in spectacular armor while carrying their weapons of choice.

The tournament soon begins and we are plunged into the midst of battle, as knights gallop toward each other with swords and spears in hand then meet on foot to further the battle.

The fast pace of the music leaves no room to relax as tension heightens during this dramatic series of events.

Finally, as the music continues to build, the opening theme returns in a glorious statement under pulsating rhythms in upper violins, as a champion is crowned, riding in glory around the stadium during the final ceremony.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: Brian Balmages

Style: Contemporary Medieval

Difficulty: Grade 2

Duration: 3:00

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Allegro ♩ = 152

Key: A minor

Publisher: FJH Music Company Inc

 

 

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Conquistador! (String Orchestra)

A dramatic work with a hint of romance, Conquistador! depicts the life and adventures of the Spanish explorers known as Conquistadors.

Repeated note passages in A minor provide a glimpse into life on the trail, and the softer, lyrical section depicts the restful time.

A great way to bring history into the music rehearsal!

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: Deborah Baker Monday

Style: Romantic, Epic, Adventure.

Difficulty: Grade 2

Duration: 4:10

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Allegro ♩ = 132

Key: A minor

Publisher: Highland/Etling

 

 

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Dragon Hunter (String Orchestra)

Using only the notes of the D major scale, Richard Meyer has fashioned a medieval-sounding piece that is sure to fascinate your beginning string students.

The minor key, modal harmonies, and driving rhythms give this piece a very mature sound.

The aggressive main theme is introduced by violins and violas, with cello and bass in counterpoint.

The theme later returns in canon, with cellos and basses being chased (hunted) by the violins and violas. Very dramatic from start to finish! 

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: Richard Meyer

Style: Epic

Difficulty: Grade 1

Duration: 3:00

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): Yes 

Bowings and Fingerings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Allegro ♩ = 112

Key: B minor

Publisher: Highland/Etling

 

 

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Warrior Legacy (String Orchestra)


Explore the heroes and warriors of myth and legend!

The adventure starts with war drums in the lower strings and contrasting melodic themes in the violins.

This cinematic-type score includes various solos throughout and a thrilling 12/8 section to finish the epic story. Riveting!

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: Soon Hee Newbold

Style: Epic

Difficulty: Grade 3

Duration: 4:45

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): Yes 

Bowings and Fingerings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Spirito ♩. = 116

Key: D minor

Publisher: The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.ST6223)

 

Mini-Interview with the Composer

 

What inspired this piece?

The piece was originally a commission by a festival group in Massachusetts, they wanted something epic and adventurous sounding.

Many of the students were graduating so it was a send-off into their next chapter of college and the future.

I write visually and work in the film industry which is probably why I get a lot of comments that my music sounds like film scores.

I took the most common elements from any heroic legendary story to write this piece.

 

Where did you compose Warrior Legacy (studio, nature, shower)?

I normally compose in my home office at my computer but use things like nature, pictures, stories, other music as tools to help get the creative juices flowing.

 

What’s your usual composition process? (Methods, equipment, and overall rhythm)

My composition process usually includes sketching a melody or chords first, orchestrating, and then coming up with the title. Sometimes the title comes first or an idea or theme will inspire a work so it can definitely vary.

 

Do you have a favorite piece for string orchestra?

I don’t have a favorite piece for string orchestra at the moment. Usually, a composer says their favorite is the latest thing they’ve written.

 

What are you working on right now?

I’ve taken a bit of a break from composing to focus on some other career things but I’ll probably go back to composing in a few years as time allows.

 

Where can string orchestra teachers find more of your work?

You can find all of my published works on the FJH music website or dealer sites like Pepper or Lucks. 

 

 

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