‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Enjoy a timeless arrangement that incorporates a narrator reading the familiar words while the orchestra provides sound effects and performs traditional and pop holiday songs. Invite your superintendent or principal to read the cued narration part for added fun. Correlates with String Explorer Book 1, Unit 14. Titles include: Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Lullaby, Overture to William Tell, Up On the Housetop, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Sleigh Ride, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, I Gave My Love a Cherry, and Let It Snow!

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Arranged by: Bob Phillips

Difficulty: Grade 2

Duration: 7:00

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): YES.

Bowings: Yes

 

 

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Bass-ically Christmas

This cute, simple arrangement features the bass section and makes them sound great! Have some fun with this cool medley featuring “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Jingle Bells” that will brighten any holiday concert. Add props and attitude as the conclusion swings into the holidays with Bass-cally Christmas, arranged by Bob Phillips. 

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Arranged by: Bob Phillips

Difficulty: Grade 2

Duration: 2:10

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): YES.

Bowings: Yes

 

 

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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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Night Shift

What better way to practice early shifting than with this exciting original work by Richard Meyer.
The exciting rhythms and sounds of this creative work will inspire your students to attain new heights of skill and musicianship.
First violins and violas use the third position, cellos use the fourth position, while second violins and basses remain in first.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Richard Meyer

Difficulty: Grade 2

Duration: 2:10

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): Yes

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: ♩= 112

 

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Medieval Scenes

A Suite for Elementary String Orchestra

This short and delightful five-movement suite is based on life in a medieval castle.
Lauren’s expertise as an accomplished violinist and composer shines through in this wonderful collection of different styles, tempi, and timbres.
Violin 2 doubles the viola throughout.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Lauren Bernofsky

Difficulty: Grade 2

Duration: 4:48

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No. Viola is Optional 

Bowings: Yes

Publisher: FJH Music Company Inc

 

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Medieval Warrior

 

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Medieval Warrior is about a man who joins the army to protect his village.

He must face his fears and remain focused to attain victory.

With no more time for preparation, the warrior must move forward.

Soon, the winner will chant with his men and the unique prize of pride will be their reward.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composer: César Avilés

Difficulty: Grade 2

Duration: 4:00

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No.

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: ♩ = 105

Key: B Minor

Publisher: Titoshack Publishers

 

 

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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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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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