Fire in the Bow

Conceived as an energetic and musically rewarding work, this piece also happens to be an excellent vehicle for teaching and reinforcing low 1 fingerings (violin/viola), “backward” extensions (cello), and half position (bass).

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Brian Balmages

Difficulty: Grade 2

Duration: 1:40

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): YES.

Bowings: Yes

 

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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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The Abandoned Funhouse

 
Written for the true beginner, this piece takes the listener on an eerie tour that can best be described as an unsettling experience with a touch of curiosity and anxiousness. Piano and optional celesta (playable on a keyboard) create a haunting background.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Brian Balmages

Difficulty: Grade 0.5

Duration: 2:00

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

Bowings: Yes

Publisher: FJH Music Company Inc

 

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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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