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 Strings

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Medieval Strings was composed as a way to teach basic sixteenth-note patterns in the context of a piece that is exciting and fun to play. The intensity of the piece is enhanced through dramatic dynamic contrasts. All parts contain each of the sixteenth note patterns.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Marc Allison

Difficulty: Grade 1.5

Duration: 1:50

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No. 

Bowings: No

Fastest Tempo: Moderato

Publisher: C. Alan Publications

 

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Medieval Dance

“Medieval Dance” is based on the song “O love, what will become of me”, which was written by Thibaut de Blason, probably around 1200.
Carefully scored in the Mixolydian mode by Michael Story, this piece offers both a vivid history lesson and reinforcement of triple meter.
Great for teaching and performance! 

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Composed by: Thibaut de Blason. Arranged by Michael Story. 

Difficulty: Grade 0.5

Duration: 2:05

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No. 

Bowings: Yes

Fastest Tempo: Lively♩= 120

Publisher: Belwin a division of Alfred

 

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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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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!

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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

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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.

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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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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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