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.
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!
Medieval Wars takes us back to the popular tournaments of the Middle Ageswhen 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.