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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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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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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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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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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