Mantras

This fascinating original by Richard Meyer incorporates easy mixed meter, modal scales and driving syncopations to create a level of excitement not often found in works at this grade level. The energetic Allegro sections surround a Largo section of intense beauty. An ideal concert and contest selection.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Richard Meyer

Difficulty: Grade 4

Duration: 4:45

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

Bowings: Yes

 

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Incantations

“Energetic” and “hard-driving” best describe this tour de force for high school orchestra. Two solo violins and a solo viola introduce this piece with a haunting, lyrical theme. The theme is subsequently taken up by the entire orchestra and expanded, gradually morphing into a fast and frenetic second theme that is aggressive and virtuosic in nature. This second theme is developed in an equally vigorous pizzicato section. The two themes are then heard at the same time, each vying for attention. The pace slackens momentarily before a wildly frantic coda closes the piece. Full of color and intriguing tonalities, this highly original work gives every section of the mature string orchestra a chance to shine.

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Richard Meyer

Difficulty: Grade 4

Duration: 4:45

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

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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Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space

They’re baaaaack! Treat your string orchestra to the sequel of the wildly popular Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space.
New special effects and a delightful “zombie love theme” are added to this highly original tribute to the monster-movie soundtracks of the 1950s.
This sequel is sure to be a favorite of your students and will delight (and terrify!) your audience.
This time, listen to what it sounds like when hungry zombies attack! Fun for everyone!

(Program Notes were taken from the publisher)

 

Composed by: Richard Meyer

Difficulty: Grade 3

Duration: 3:30

3rd Violin (Treble Clef Viola): No

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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