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The 2011 New Additions to the Prescribed Music List (PML | UIL) for the state of Texas | Full Orchestra | String Orchestra | Grades 1 through Grade 5 | Music suitable for performance and competition.

The 2011 New Additions to the Prescribed Music List (PML | UIL) for the state of Texas | Full Orchestra | String Orchestra | Grades 1 through Grade 5 | Music suitable for performance and competition.

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  • Orchestra PML
    New Selections for 2011
    Texas UIL Prescribed Music List Additions for
    Full & String Orchestra
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    that have recently been added to the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List for Orchestra.
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  • This arrangement of two songs from western Africa – IseOluwafrom Nigeria and Banuwafrom Liberia – has everything a teacher could hope for in a concert selection: variety, excitement and
    simple beauty. High and low string parts are symmetrical for the greatest ease in teaching and creating a solid performance sound. Percussion instruments can always be added to double the string rhythms; hand drums, tambourine and/or claves would be most
    appropriate.
    African Song and Roundarr. Deborah Baker Monday
    African Song and Round
    UIL Grade 1
  • The Ash Grovearr. Michael Hopkins
    Your students will love playing this new arrangement of the traditional Welsh folk song The Ash Grove. Written for Grade 1
    level string orchestras, all the parts have an interesting variety of material. This is an excellent piece to teach bow distribution and control. An optional piano part is included, as well as three copies of the 3rd Violin/Viola TC part in each set.
    The Ash Grove
    UIL Grade 1
  • Bach MinuetsJ.S. Bach/arr. John Caponegro
    These popular Bach Minuets are perfect for the development of intonation, rhythm, bowing and dynamics. Some easy contrapuntal textures are an excellent introduction to the Baroque style. Great material for performance and for developing the young string orchestra.
    Bach Minuets
    UIL Grade 1
  • Ballad of the Silver Spur (for String Orchestra)Robert Frost
    Take your beginning orchestra on a tour of the old west with this ballad in 3/4 time. A simple D-major melody is passed between sections, with nothing more rhythmically complex than quarter notes. The Violin 1 part requires a low 2 on the e-string.
    UIL Grade 1
  • A lyrical mariachi waltz entirely in first position! Imagine a father holding his precious newborn girl, and all the while visions of her Quinceañera(15th birthday celebration) dance through his mind. The Quinceañera is an important celebration in the Mexican-American community, where the girl is given her last doll and dances a waltz (vals) with her father. The easy finger patterns, cross-cultural themes and opportunities for each section to play the melody make this a perfect first ensemble piece!
    Dominique's DanceJohn Nieto
    UIL Grade 1
  • Enchanted VillageSean O'Loughlin
    Beginning slowly and mysteriously, this strong Sean O’Loughlin composition then turns bold and striking. It will give your beginning group a full sound, even with limited resources.
    UIL Grade 1
  • Gaelic Castle Soon HeeNewbold
    Opening with the powerful sound of open 5ths, this work transports the listener back to ancient times and life in a magnificent castle. Experience the festivals and celebrations that would often occur as the infectious melodies work their way through all sections of the orchestra. Exciting and jovial!
    UIL Grade 1
  • Honor and Glory Soon HeeNewbold
    Dedicated to the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect others and serve in the name of freedom, this one has bold and majestic themes throughout. The lyrical melody soars over the rhythmic bass line as harmonies intertwine to create a touching and memorable portion of your next concert. Truly inspirational and characteristic of fine writing.
    Honor and Glory
    UIL Grade 1
  • Incantations (for String Orchestra)David Hinds
    Written in modal e minor with a Hebraic-sounding theme, this is a great piece for reinforcing fundamentals, such as counting, legato bowing, pizzicato, two-note slurs, and low 2s. Thematic material
    is passed around to all sections, ensuring a fulfilling learning experience for everyone.
    UIL Grade 1
  • Introduction and Scherzando(for String Orchestra)David Hinds
    In D Major, a stately introduction precedes a delightful scherzando in one, with all sections receiving melodic material. Simple rhythms, all high 2s in upper strings and tutti pizzicato make this a solid beginning-level work.
    UIL Grade 1
  • Jupiter Theme from The PlanetsGustav Holst/arr. Philip Hash
    Although transposed to G Major from the original key of Eb, this setting of the Jupiter theme remains true to the original version. All parts are playable in first position except for the bass, which requires a brief shift for C above the staff. Orchestras without basses may effectively perform this arrangement, provided the cello line is sufficiently covered. This great arrangement is a wonderful opportunity for inexperienced groups to perform the soaring melody from a monumental orchestral work.
    UIL Grade 1
  • Lochs and Glens Frank Halferty
    This original piece brings the magic of Scottish fiddle music to Grade 1+ string orchestras. Pizzicato, double-stop drones, and lots of rhythmic energy are combined to make this an outstanding selection for concert and contest performances. An optional piano part is included in each set along with 3 copies of the optional 3rd Violin/Viola TC part.
    Lochs
    and
    Glens
    UIL Grade 1
  • The Lost Tomb has its origin in the pages of historically-based novels enjoyed by the composer. The music has both an intrigue and a heart-pounding pulse that keeps the player and the listener on the edge of their seat. This original composition also presents some outstanding teaching tools for the developing string student. It starts with a slow, ominous melody in the first violin that builds suspense. This melody is then developed with harmony underneath and varying rhythmic accompaniments. The celli and basses get their opportunity on the melody towards the end, and the opening melody returns to bring the piece full circle. A lovely, dramatic showcase for the young group.
    The Lost Tomb Sean O'Loughlin
    UIL Grade 1
  • Misty CavernJames Kazik
    Composer Jim Kazik brings us this solid Grade 2 overture and programmatic piece that gives interesting melodic parts to all sections, including bass. Set in the comfortable key of e minor with carefully placed eighth-note figures, the musical sound is full with approachable contemporary harmonies. An ideal full ensemble teaching piece.
    UIL Grade 1
  • 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 professional chamber orchestra. Finally, a wonderful option for directors who have been looking to perform this type of music with their youngest musicians!
    Prelude and Fugue Brian Balmages
    UIL Grade 1
  • Scarborough Fair arr. Brian Balmages
    Extensive harmonies and soaring melodic lines contribute to this sensitive setting of the ever-popular song Scarborough Fair. The opening lines hint at the melancholy nature of the music, which eventually transforms into a rich sonority of sweeping harmonies and countermelodies. Although scored for beginners, the work is orchestrated so that advanced groups will enjoy playing it as well. Forever memorable!
    Scarborough Fair
    UIL Grade 1
  • Skye Boat Song arr. Virginia Croft
    Croft’s experience as a string player and educator is evident in the care with which she has scored this beautiful folk tune idiomatically for young string players. Relatively easy to play, Skye Boat Song is a great opportunity to develop lyrical playing habits with a developing string group.
    UIL Grade 1
  • An excellent teaching and concert piece for 1st year string players! Using only the notes of the D Major scale with all parts staying in first position, this is a lovely setting in which to reinforce the 4th finger for the upper strings. The second violin doubles the viola part and all parts take turns with the melody. Right hand techniques include pizzicato and detached bowing.
    Twilight Dancers Susan H. Day
    UIL Grade 1
  • Water Music DancesGeorg Frideric Handel/arr. Deborah Baker Monday
    This dynamic arrangement of Handel's classic is a young orchestra's perfect introduction to Baroque music. The bright key of D major and the lively dance form make for a merry mood!
    UIL Grade 1
  • The word Yunnan means "to the South of Clouds." Located in southwest China and home to a number of ethnic minorities, the geographically sprawling Yunnan province contains magnificent mountains and rivers, as well as abundant natural resources. This traditional song was sung to impart natural knowledge and is familiar to most Chinese people. It is arranged here for grade 2 groups. Three copies of the Viola TC/Violin 3 part are included in each set.
    Yunnan Puzzle Tune arr. Albert Wang
    Yunnan
    Puzzle
    Tune
    UIL Grade 1
  • Aussie Medley Various/arr. Steven Frackenpohl
    A wonderful medley of three traditional Australian songs in contrasting styles, scored with Violin 2 and Viola on the same part and Cello and Bass together on their part. Tunes include: Click Go The Shears; Botany Bay; and Advance Australia Fair.
    Aussie
    Medley
    UIL Grade 2
  • Boots and Saddle Keith Sharp
    This joyful fiddle-style tune is sure to be a crowd pleaser with a fun melody and bright harmonies. An optional octave extension is included for more advanced violin players. The melody gets traded around the ensemble as this toe-tapping tune develops. Truly memorable and lots of fun!
    Boots & Saddle
    UIL Grade 2
  • Young string players do not get the opportunity to play Brahms often because much of his greatest music is written for piano, and other works are much too complex. But embedded in the fiery Rhapsody in B Minor (Op. 79, No. 1) is a beautiful interlude which takes on a form of its own. Simple melodies are passed among all instruments and harmonized in parallel 3rds and 6ths. Simple repeated 8th-note patterns with some ties create the undulating current in the accompaniment which drives the piece to its dynamic extremes. This grade 2+ arrangement includes 3 copies of the Viola TC/Violin 3 part in each set.
    Brahms Interlude Johannes Brahms/arr. Deborah Baker Monday
    Brahms
    Interlude
    UIL Grade 2
  • Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orpheus and EuridiceChristoph W. von Gluck/arr. Robert Longfield
    This baroque favorite has been expertly arranged by Longfield. A musical gem for young string orchestras!
    Dance of the Blessed Spirits
    from
    Orpheus & Euridice
    UIL Grade 2
  • El Matador Frank Halferty
    Featuring all the flair and passion that the title suggests, this dramatic original casts low strings in the starring role. Designed for Grade 2 groups, the use of the optional percussion parts for wind chimes, castanets and tambourine will enhance the stylistic authenticity. An optional piano part is also included
    El Matador
    UIL Grade 2
  • An Elizabethan MadrigalThomas Morley/arr. Deborah Baker Monday
    Written during the Elizabethan era, this Thomas Morley madrigal was one of the most popular of its time. In this masterful setting, high and low instruments take turns playing the beautiful melody while accompanying parts use a variety of devices--pizzicato, imitation, counterpoint -- to keep the sound fresh.
    An
    Elizabethan
    Madrigal
    UIL Grade 2
  • The Emperor WaltzJohann Strauss, Jr./arr. Deborah Baker Monday
    The Emperor is probably the most grand of all the Strauss waltzes. All of the themes are represented in this Grade 2 arrangement. Students will enjoy sharing the melodies and helping to create a dazzling performance. An optional piano part is included, along with 3 copies of the 3rd Violin/Viola TC part in each set.
    The
    Emperor
    Waltz
    UIL Grade 2
  • Highland Celebration Alan Lee Silva
    This is a sweeping, original composition in a subto Scottish style. It's one of those pieces that always seems to flow effortlessly. This is an excellent piece for any contest or festival.
    UIL Grade 2
  • Intensity Sean O'Loughlin
    As the title implies, this pieces is driving and aggressive. It provides students with music they will enjoy playing, yet gives the teacher the opportunity to instruct within the music's framework.
    UIL Grade 2
  • Kinetic Energy Larry Clark
    Kinetic energy is the energy of constant motion. This composition displays vitality and drive, with a memorable principal melody in the Lydian mode and a hauntingly beautiful middle section that will not soon be forgotten. The contrasts in style and texture, within the framework of nearly continuous eighth note motion, will serve to keep young players on their toes.
    UIL Grade 2
  • La Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks MusicGeorg Frideric Handel/arr. Richard Meyer
    Combine this festive movement with the First Philharmonic arrangements of Handel's Hornpipe and Hallelujah Chorus for a wonderful suite honoring the great Baroque master! In addition to wonderful tutti writing, the string section and wind section are featured on their own in this colorful arrangement, which makes a perfect opener to any concert. All string parts are playable in first position, with optional shifting for first violin and string bass.
    UIL Grade 2
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Last Rose of Summer from Martha Friedrich Flotow/arr. Robert Longfield
    Friedrich von Flotow adapted the popular Irish song The Last Rose of Summer for use in his opera Martha. This arrangement has preserved the legato phrasing and rich harmonies of the original in a form playable by an intermediate string orchestra.
    The Last Rose
    of Summer
    UIL Grade 2
  • Mechanisms John Caponegro
    This adventurous original brings to mind the repetitive patterns produced by machines on a manufacturing assembly line. Inspired in part by the television program "How It's Made" (Discovery Channel), students are encouraged to use their imaginations to picture the machines at work. Coupled with the dark E minor sound, this driving and powerful piece will be a welcome addition to any program.
    Mechanisms
    UIL Grade 2
  • Meditation and Ritual Bill Calhoun
    This original composition has a dark & rich texture in the tradition of medieval music. Meditation & Ritual has a seriousness to it that students will gravitate toward, and is an excellent choice for contest or festival performance.
    UIL Grade 2
  • Military Symphony Franz Joseph Haydn/arr. Richard Meyer
    One of Haydn's most famous symphonic movements, this selection will give your students a chance to develop a refined, "Classic" style of playing. It seems like Haydn included everything in this movement -- a delicately beautiful main theme, wild, minor-keyed outbursts, military percussion, and a solo trumpet fanfare. No wonder the London audiences went crazy over it! Arranged with the young orchestra in mind, all string parts are in first position. A great introduction to a too-often neglected style.
    UIL Grade 2
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Minuet and Trio from Nannerl's NotebookLeopold & Wolfgang Mozart/arr. Phillip Hash
    This is an arrangement of two keyboard works from Nannerl's Notebook, a book used by Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) to write study pieces for his daughter, Maria Anna (known as "Nannerl"), and to transcribe the earliest compositions by his son Wolfgang (1756-1791). The pieces used in this arrangement include a minuet by Wolfgang composed in Salzburg, Austria, in 1762 (K.2) and a minuet by Leopold composed around the same time. The two separate compositions have been arranged in the form of a Classical Minuet and Trio.
    Minuet & Trio
    UIL Grade 2
  • Monkey's Dance Henry Purcell/arr. Robert S. Frost
    This selection represents some of Henry Purcell's finest work and is delightful with its emphasis on a light marcato stroke that flows easily at an allegretto tempo. The key of G major fits naturally under the fingers for young string students, and the bass part has been simplified in a few places to more accurately match the technical abilities of developing students.
    Monkey’s Dance
    UIL Grade 2
  • O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni SchicchiGiacomo Puccini/arr. Sandra Dackow
    This beloved aria has been carefully edited so that it can be performed by the youngest full orchestras. All string parts can be played entirely in first position. Woodwind and brass parts are edited with fingerings, slide positions and courtesy accidentals for the benefit of those students without extensive playing experience in sharp keys.
    O Mio
    Babbino Caro
    UIL Grade 2
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Preludio and Allegro Archangelo Corelli/arr. Ruth Siegler
    Students will enjoy the musical "conversations" that take place when they perform this trio sonata from the 17th century. The stately Preludio in C Major is accompanied by a soaring bass line that is an excellent introduction to the art of Baroque continuo playing. Following the Allegro, the first theme returns to close out this classy, elegant piece of music. All parts remain in 1st position.
    UIL Grade 2
  • Safari Echoes Mary Alice Rich
    This arrangement received an Honorable Mention award at the 2010 Texas Orchestra Directors Composition Contest for Full Orchestra. It's a fun piece for middle school level, and although it is meant for full orchestra, it can be done as a string piece alone. It can also be done with a few select wind/brass instruments available as practicality allows. Full or string, the drums are crucial to its African flavor.
    Safari Echoes
    UIL Grade 2
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Shipwreck Beach Carole Rabinowitz
    This piece for middle school students features a musical portrait of pirates and crashing waves. The 6/8 A section is in D Major, featuring hooked bowings and good arpeggio exercises. The B section, in 2/4 and d minor, with melody initially in the low strings, has the character of a sea chantey. It can be played all in first position and will require extensions to C sharp for upper strings and cello.
    UIL Grade 2
  • This arrangement from Bach's Cantata #140 provides excellent training and performance material in the contrapuntal style. The second violins play the slow moving vocal line, a tenor solo in the original, over Bach's ingenious and memorable accompaniment. An optional piano part is included in each set along with 3 copies of the optional 3rd Violin/Viola TC part.
    Sleepers, Wake J.S. Bach/arr. John Caponegro
    Sleepers, Wake
    UIL Grade 2
  • Sonatina James Hook/arr. Carl Strommen
    Sonatinais based on a simple piano piece by James Hook, a composer from the Classical period. The delightful piano piece is set and expanded to showcase the full resources of the string orchestra. It also contains a nice B section that shifts to a minor key for added interest.
    UIL Grade 2
  • Sonatina No. 6 in C Major W.A. Mozart/arr. Bill Calhoun
    This is Mozart at his best! Now arranged for strings, this piece contains all of the trademark Mozart touches and is a wonderful addition to the string orchestra repertoire.
    UIL Grade 2
  • Song for the Winter Moon Walter Cummings
    Captured here in music is a remarkable moonrise experienced on a late evening walk. Melodic filagrees intertwine within the modal texture (primarily D Dorian) to create a subtle work of love for the beauty of Earth's only moon.
    Song for
    the
    Winter Moon
    UIL Grade 2
  • This exciting original depicts a galactic battle which contains moments of romance in outer space and beyond! Students will enjoy using their open string harmonics to create special sound effects. There is an element of change involved which allows each performance to be a new adventure. An optional piano part is included as well as 3 copies of the Viola TC/Violin 3 part in each set.
    Star-Crossed Warriors Deborah Baker Monday
    Star-Crossed
    Warriors
    UIL Grade 2
  • Symphony No. 5 [Finale] Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky/Richard Meyer
    All of the colors and moods of the original are retained in this exciting arrangement that is sure to challenge every section of your orchestra. This is a great way to introduce all of your student musicians to a masterwork of the symphonic literature, and a perfect closer to any concert!
    UIL Grade 2
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Tales of the KojikiKeiko Yamada
    This piece is based upon the Kojiki text for the Shinto religion. One of the many tales in this book is the story of creation, which is what this particular piece tries to depict. This original composition is based on the minor pentatonic scale, made most familiar to the West with the popular Japanese folk song Sakura.
    UIL Grade 2
  • You and your students will love this contemporary, "hip"-sounding, original gem which is sure to be a hit! From the first time they hear the infectious modal melodies, your orchestra will be hooked. The imaginative orchestration gives every section a chance in the spotlight, and the ever-changing time signatures are sure to get everyone counting like never before! The teaching opportunities abound as your students explore low finger patterns (B-flat and F natural), dynamic contrast, accents, syncopation, balance, and rhythmic independence.
    Terra Nova Richard Meyer
    UIL Grade 2
  • Variations Upon the Sailor's Hornpipe arr. Virginia Croft
    This is probably the best known of all songs associated with sailing and sailors. It has been used in countless movies, cartoon, and television. This a set of variations on the popular song is just delightful, with lots of variety and it is very enjoyable to play.
    UIL Grade 2
  • Whimsical Dance Timothy Broege
    This is a lively dance for young string orchestra that employs various placements of accents and some asymmetric meter (7/8) to create a fascinating rhythmic scenario. After a legato contrasting middle section, the piece drives to an exciting conclusion. A hint of eastern European modality adds further personality to a unique piece in the young orchestra literature.
    Whimsical
    Dance
    UIL Grade 2
  • Albinoni's Adagio TomasoAlbinoni/arr. Lauren Keiser
    The famous AlbinoniAdagio, meticulously arranged for younger string groups.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Allegro in G from Concerto for Two GuitarsAntonio Vivaldi/arr. Steven Frackenpohl
    This lively movement is adapted from Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Guitars, and it is carefully crafted in true Vivaldi style. The ensemble is driven by energetic rhythms that make all parts interesting and fun to play.
    UIL Grade 3
  • This work has been carefully edited so that it can be performed by intermediate full orchestras. First violins, cellos and basses have a few shifts into positions, while second violin and viola parts can be played entirely in first position. Woodwind and brass parts are edited with fingerings, slide positions and courtesy accidentals for the benefit of those students without extensive playing experience in sharp keys. And don't forget the anvils!! This is a great opportunity to have a "guest" percussionist (a principal, superintendent, local celebrity, etc.) join the orchestra.
    Anvil Chorus from Il TrovatoreGiuseppe Verdi/arr. Sandra Dackow
    Anvil Chorus
    from
    Il Trovatore
    UIL Grade 3
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Autumn Vows Susan Day
    Written as a surprise gift for a close friend’s wedding, this work includes lush melodies, interesting harmonies, and moving inside lines. Opportunities for expressive playing abound in this highly emotional work. All parts stay in first position, and the keys of G and C, with few accidentals, make Autumn Vows very approachable by inexperienced groups. Mature sounding and beautiful!
    UIL Grade 3
  • Barcarolle from Tales of HoffmannJacques Offenbach/arr. Sandra Dackow
    The lovely Barcarolle evokes the feeling of being poled on a small boat, or barca on the canals of Venice. This intermediate arrangement for string orchestra can be played entirely in first position, though shifting will make some of the passages easier to play and more musical. This piece provides the perfect opportunity to highlight your harpist. The harp part is integral to the piece, but can be played on a keyboard instrument if necessary.
    Barcarolle
    from
    Tales of Hoffman
    UIL Grade 3
  • The Black Knight is a concert piece for young orchestra, written to provide dramatic effects and lyrical melodies while encouraging students to develop their skills with contrasting styles of bowing and phrasing. It makes effective use of off-string bowings, and bow division concepts can be effectively taught with the piece, too. The second theme is an excellent vehicle for developing vibrato. Careful attention to dynamics and style will make it enjoyable for players and audiences alike.
    Black Knight Ian Edlund
    Black Knight
    UIL Grade 3
  • The Blacksmith arr. Sean O'Loughlin
    An English folk song aggressively arranged, with pointed rhythms, angular lines and contemporary harmonies.
    UIL Grade 3
  • These selections from Carmen Suite #2 provide a wonderful contrast for teaching and performance. The Chanson du Toreador (Toreador Song) is taken from Act II and provides the lesser known but exciting introduction before the more famous lyrical portion of the March is heard. The La GardeMontante(Children's Chorus), taken from Act I, is light but highly energetic with its dance-like quality. Both selections are in d minor. Range requires 1st Violins to use some 3rd and 4th position -- cellos use limited 4th position and some 3rd position for convenience.
    Carmen Suite #2 Georges Bizet/arr. Robert Frost
    Carmen Suite #2
    UIL Grade 3
  • Concertino J.B. Boismortier/arr. Jason Librande
    A less well-known masterpiece, sure to become a standard! This challenging but fun piece makes a great introduction to music of the Baroque era with its extensive use of octaves, staccato, and a wide variety of bowing techniques. On the other hand, this piece is extremely accessible to the audience and is sure to put them in a state of pure bliss by the end of the performance.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Contemplation Elena Roussanova Lucas
    A beautifully fluid ballad encouraging your young orchestra's highest musical attributes. Distinctive dissonances will bring out a most musical performance reinforcing balance, blend, and tone color. An awe inspiring sound, Contemplation has a place on every program.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Contending M.L. Daniels
    Winner of the 2007 TODA Composition Contest, this work features all sections of the orchestra with healthy percussion parts and beautiful woodwind and brass chorales. A driving theme in E minor frames slower, more lyric chorale sections.
    Contending
    UIL Grade 3
    (Full Orchestra)
  • The magical setting of this cherished melody combines exquisite orchestration with dramatic harmonies. At times the arrangement is quite plaintive sounding, which is balanced with more contemporary harmonies and powerful countermelodies. Endless opportunities for music making abound, and there certainly will not be a dry eye in the house when the group plays the final chord after a haunting violin solo. Inspirational!
    Danny Boy arr. Eric Morales
    UIL Grade 3
  • Echoes of Bartok Bela Bartok/arr. Walter Cummings
    Combining themes from two Bartok piano pieces from Bartok's collection For Children, the essence of his east-European style is captured in an arrangement that is playable by less-experienced string players. This captivating and skillful arrangement uses Folk Dance and A Magic Game from the Bartok collection, and combines the two main themes at the end for a rousing conclusion.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Egmont Overture Ludwig von Beethoven/arr. Richard Meyer
    All the intensity of this powerful, minor-keyed overture, arranged for the young full orchestra! While keeping the colors of the original intact, individual parts are all in very practical ranges, with string parts playable in 1st position (w/ optional shifting for first violins). Percussion parts have been tastefully added. A great opener or closer for any concert.
    UIL Grade 3
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Evangeline: Two Cajun Songs arr. Michael Story
    Characterized by a French dialect, the Cajun people have an equally distinct musical tradition. This lovely arrangement captures the spirit and enthusiasm of these proud people. Presented in two separate movements, the diversity of the Cajun music heritage is pronounced as your students play Tout Un Beau Soir En Me Promenant (On a Beautiful Evening While Out Walking) and Danse de Mardi Gras.
    UIL Grade 3
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Girl with the Flaxen Hair Claude Debussy/arr. Roy Phillippe
    A beloved piano masterpiece artfully arranged for your orchestra. The flowing melody and rich harmonies create an otherworldly atmosphere. Playable by strings alone or with the addition of winds, this piece is perfect for working on dynamics and tempo changes.
    UIL Grade 3
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Hashivenu(Cause Us to Return) arr. John Leavitt
    A traditional Israeli folk song with text from the Torah, Hashivenu means "cause us to return," and is scored sensitively for strings in this stirring rendition. Here's a chance to give your students the opportunity to perform and understand some meaningful, cultural music from another land.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Hymn and Fuguing Tune on Middlebury Pierre LaPlante
    Middlebury is an old shaped note tune that first appeared in the early 1800s in Davisson's Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony. This beautiful, fantasia-like treatment of the hymn tune starts with a free transcription of the original tune, then moves at a faster tempo to a section that features an imitative treatment of the hymn tune. It concludes with a final statement of the hymn. This is profoundly moving music that could be a huge asset to the musicality your string program.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Premiered at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, this predominately lyrical work draws its inspiration from ice hotels -- temporary hotels made entirely of ice and snow. Strong elements of film scoring prevail throughout the work as it tells the story of the construction, visitors, and eventual melting of the hotel. There are extensive opportunities to feature both your cello soloist and cello section. A unique work that will captivate your audience.
    Ice Sculptures Brian Balmages
    UIL Grade 3
  • This Irish tour-de-force runs the gamut of emotions. An aggressively rustic opening makes way for a joyful and catchy original jig in the style of Holst'sDargason. A flowing, legato setting of the beautiful folk tune Sheebeg and Sheemorefollows, introduced by the violas. The jig returns, and is soon combined with the folk tune, creating a delightful contrapuntal conversation. between low and high strings, ending with an exciting flourish. A challenge for every section of your string orchestra, and a perfect selection for your next contest or festival!
    A Keltic Feast Richard Meyer
    UIL Grade 3
  • Kyrie Eleisonarr. Lloyd Conley
    Gregorian chants traditionally had no set rhythm. This creative modern setting employs frequently changing measure lengths to simulate that rhythmic freedom. It also breaks from tradition by adding enriching harmonies that give this title a more modern sound. Sure to be a hit with both students and audiences.
    Kyrie Eleison
    UIL Grade 3
  • Largo fromXerxes Georg Frideric Handel/arr. Robert Longfield
    A warm and richly scored setting of Handel's famous aria from Xerxes, that will be a wonderful addition to the middle school orchestra repertoire.
    Largo
    from
    Xerxes
    UIL Grade 3
  • Latin American Dances is an original suite of three dances for string orchestra; each movement characterizes a different dance rhythm from Latin America. The first movement is a "Beguine," which is a ballroom dance popularized in the 1930s. The Beguine originated in the Caribbean islands of Martinique and St. Lucia. The second movement is a "Tango," a dance from Argentina which originated in the late 1800s. The rhythm of the Tango is similar to the "Habanera" from Cuba. The final movement is a "Jarabe," a dance rhythm from the Mexican state of Jalisco which is popular in mariachi music. The Jarabe is in 6/8, with contrasting sections in 3/4 and 2/4. Latin American Dances is dedicated to the outstanding music educator, William Dick; it was premiered by the Westlake High School Orchestra (Austin, Texas), conducted by James Edwards.
    Latin American Dances Mvmt 3: Beguine Clifton Jameson Jones
    UIL Grade 3
  • A superbly expressive work, this piece offers each section a chance to play the beautiful melody and is perfect for teaching phrasing. Third position notes in the first violin are cued an octave lower for less experienced players. A violin solo near the end explores higher positions. With interesting parts for all players, this is a perfect choice for any concert or contest!
    Many Miles Away Across the Sea Susan Day
    Many Miles Away
    Across the Sea
    UIL Grade 3
  • Midnight Rain Susan Day
    The dark, minor sound of this piece, coupled with the pizzicato effects depicting rain, make this an interesting programmatic work for strings! All sections have a chance at the melody. Low 2nd fingers for upper strings, C and F naturals and divisi markings are reinforced. All parts stay in first position except one note in the cello part. It is easy to put together while sounding rich and satisfying.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Prelude and Fugue Clara Schumann/arr. Robert Frost
    Explore the overlooked genius of Clara Schumann. This arrangement navigates the pensive, contrapuntal terrain of this masterpiece with elegance and expressivity. An essential addition to any young orchestra's repertoire.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Procession and Dance Georg Philipp Telemann/arr. Cameron Law
    Adapted from the first and last movements of Telemann's Sonata in D Major, this work is accessible to younger orchestras and it's a fine choice for concert or festival use. Regal and stately in nature, Procession takes advantage of the conversational qualities inherent in Telemann's writing and gives the melody alternately to both the upper and lower string sections. Dance is reminiscent of the famous Don Quixote Suite, providing a spritely tempo, terraced dynamics, and a host of opportunities to teach Baroque style and performance practices.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Sakura, Sakura, also known as the Cherry Blossom Song, is probably the most famous Japanese folk song outside of Japan. Its hauntingly beautiful melody will enchant your orchestra, and this piece is written to emulate the truly Japanese characteristics of the song. Your students will sound just like the traditional bamboo flutes (shakuhachi) as they play lightly and breathily, and will find it easy to pour all of their emotions and passion into performing this lovely piece.
    Sakura, Sakura arr. Keiko Yamada
    UIL Grade 3
  • Themes from Scheherazade Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov/arr. Richard Meyer
    Rimsky-Korsakov's famous symphonic suite Scheherazade has been a staple of the symphonic literature since it was first written in 1888. Now your younger students can enjoy this Russian master's colorful orchestrations and imaginative themes in this "true-to-the-original" arrangement. Included are the Sultan's theme, Scheherazade's theme (for solo violin), the Story of the Kalendar Prince theme, and the Young Prince and the Young Princess themes. With plenty for every section to do, this arrangement is perfect for any concert or as a festival/contest selection.
    UIL Grade 3
    (Full Orchestra)
  • A Scottish Ballade (Annie Laurie) arr. Robert Sheldon
    Lush and lyrical, this setting of the traditional Scottish song, Annie Laurie, was written by her sweetheart, William Douglas, in the 19th century. The song became a favorite of Scottish soldiers during the Crimean War and will delight your audiences!
    UIL Grade 3
  • Sea Songs: Princess Royal; Admiral Benbow; PortsmouthRalph Vaughn Williams/arr. Robert Longfield
    Originally, this setting of folk songs was the fourth movement of Vaughan Williams' famous English Folk Song Suite for band. Including Princess Royal, Admiral Benbow and Portsmouth, all the charm and character of the original has been skillfully scored for strings in this outstanding arrangement by Robert Longfield.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Soliloquy (for Orchestra) Brendan McBrien
    Soliloquy is an original and dynamic work that features exciting dialogues between sections of the orchestra and uses thematic transformation to develop the work. This colorful tribute to the composer's friend and mentor expresses the challenges and triumphs of a life in music education. It will be a unique addition to any program, and a concert favorite with your musicians and audience alike.
    UIL Grade 3
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Song Without Words, Opus 102, No. 6 (Faith) Felix Mendelssohn/arr. Tim McCarrick
    Mendelssohn composed 48 Songs Without Words in his lifetime, and Op. 106 #2 was his last. Carefully transcribed from the piano score, all the lyrical character is retained as is the original key of C Major, which brings out a deep resonance from the cellos and violas. Your orchestra will love playing this expressive work!
    UIL Grade 3
  • Sunayamaarr. Keiko Yamada
    A hauntingly beautiful Japanese folk song is the basis for this mysterious, lush setting. Sunayama gives you the opportunity to feature your four best players with string quartet writing that really adds color to this inspiring piece. The musicality will inspire your students to achieve a higher level of musical excellence.
    UIL Grade 3
  • A supernova is a stellar explosion that is more energetic than a nova. In this hyper-energetic new string work, the first five measures of tremolo build up to the "expolision." Folowing this "explosive" event, the piece has an upbeat rhythmic groove that propels the piece forward to a hauntingly beautiful quiet section, followed by a furious drive to the end. Supernova could easily be the hit of your musical season, and definitely take your orchestra to new musical heights.
    Supernova Michael Hopkins
    UIL Grade 3
  • Symphonia No. 4 in D Major (for String Orchestra) William Herschel/arr. Lynne Latham
    This work is an energetic introduction to "Sturm und Drang" style written by the father of modern astronomy. Dotted rhythms, hooked bowings, and detailed attention to dynamic changes allow for many opportunities to work on fundamentals. Chromatic fingerings are a must: Violin 1 uses third position, and all other parts use extensions.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Symphony No. 16 {III. Finale}Franz Joseph Haydn/arr. Sandra Dackow
    This intermediate arrangement for string orchestra captures the robust Finale to Haydn's Symphony #16. The parts can be played entirely in first position, with the exception of the bass part, which requires some second and third position notes. Optional shifts are marked in all parts where shifting makes the passages actually easier to play. Though celebrated for having written over 100 symphonies, Haydn's real accomplishment was in giving each and every one of these works a distinct musical personality. This finale is boisterous and joyful.
    Symphony No. 16
    III. Finale
    UIL Grade 3
  • To Tame the Raging Rapids Brian Balmages
    Exhilarating and daring, this work describes mankind's constant fascination with some of the most powerful forces in nature. As it opens, the beauty of the water and its sound calms the listener. Soon, however, we plunge into the water and test ourselves against the "raging rapids." Highly rhythmic and compelling, this piece is destined to thrill all who perform it. Can your orchestra "tame the untamable?"
    To Tame the
    Raging Rapids
    UIL Grade 3
  • Toccata Johann Pachelbel/arr. Lloyd Conley
    Most commonly known for his famous Canon in D, Johann Pachelbel was an organ virtuoso and composed many works, including several toccatas. This toccata has been carefully adapted for strings into the key of D, with some added dynamics, but with the original tempo variations and ornamentation preserved. An ideal teaching and performance piece.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Two English Voluntaries Battishill & Travers/arr. Rick England
    This composition is put together the way one might construct a meal; that is to say, from different sources but the ingredients are selected to be complimentary. Complimentary movements allow us to explore legato technique, shape and phrase endings in the earnest Andante while the Allegro is all about fun with technique and includes some opportunities for dialogue between the violin parts.
    UIL Grade 3
  • Winter Solstice Todd Parrish
    This fresh, new work describes the wonder and adventure of the winter season. All sections alternate between both melody and accompaniment throughout, while staying mainly in first position. The viola part is particularly interesting with important accompanying ostinati. You will enjoy adding this lively piece to your winter, holiday concert or festival repertoire.
    UIL Grade 3
  • American West Tim Shackelton
    American West captures a musical vision of the vastness, grandeur, and scenic beauty of the once "last frontier" in the United States. To realize the full potential of the composition, the director and instrumentalist should recall the storied and colorful history that made the American West unique.
    UIL Grade 4
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Bagatelle (Op. 47, No. 5) Antonin Dvorak/arr. Robert Sieving
    Charming! This light and flowing arrangement maintains the rhythmic drive characteristic of Slavic folk music.
    UIL Grade 4
  • A canzona is an intensly polyphonic form where each musical line imitates and echoes another. Your students will gain independance and listening skills by playing this Renaissance composition from the early 1600's. Extremely popular with brass players, this piece was originally composed for strings. Your students will feel the magic of making a remarkable piece of early music come alive!
    CanzonaBergamascaSamuel Schiedt
    UIL Grade 4
  • This exciting Grade 4 piece in the contemporary style is loosely based, both melodically and harmonically, on the semitones A-Bb and E-F. Rhythmic opening and closing sections are contrasted by a lyrical central section. This piece serves as a good introduction to contemporary sounds, and will be an impressive addition to any concert program. Commissioned by the Sachem Central School district at Holbrook, NY to commemorate the reconfiguration of High School North.
    Dance & Meditation John Caponegro
    Dance & Meditation
    UIL Grade 4
  • English Suite (for String Orchestra)Paul Lewis
    English Suite was originally written for string quartet. The work reflects the composer's love of the English countryside, uses folk song-like material and sits firmly in the tradition established by Holst and Vaughan Williams.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Iditarod Soon HeeNewbold
    This riveting and explosive new work will take you on a journey through Alaska's harsh landscape with the sled dogs running the Iditarod. Known as "the last great race on Earth," the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race stretches over 1,150 miles of Alaska's wild terrain from Anchorage to Nome.
    Iditarod
    UIL Grade 4
  • Legend, Op. 59, No. 6 Antonin Dvorak/arr. Robert Sieving
    Adhering closely to the original four-hand piano version, this arrangement retains the beautifully lyrical lines which offer the student orchestra the opportunity to concentrate on bow control and the development of left-hand tonal warmth. The split cello part adds lush sonorities while all parts remain interestingly involved in the primary melodic material.
    UIL Grade 4
  • MadrigaleKarl Bohm/arr. Robert Sieving
    This lovely German song offers the opportunity to teach compound meter, isolating excerpts collaterally with rhythmic exercises, and working on smooth string crossings. Extended positions are featured in the cello part with accidentals sprinkled throughout the other parts as well. A beautiful soli section will be popular with cellists against a moving bass line.
    UIL Grade 4
  • My Spirit Be Joyful from Cantata No. 146J.S. Bach/arr. David Giardinier
    Sure to become a standard! This beautiful transcription keeps the original key of the work and all string lines intact, with some revoicing of the oboe parts to preserve Bach's counterpoint. The meter has been changed from 3/8 to 3/4 time, allowing for greater accessibility with student musicians, and the string bass line has been realized from the continuo part with minor alterations in the more virtuosic passages.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Few choral pieces of the last twenty-five years have achieved greater or more deserved renown than this setting of the ancient O Magnum Mysterium text. The idiosyncratic but firmly tonal harmony and soaring melodic writing of this wonderful piece have been skillfully adapted for the string orchestra. If you are looking for an alternative to the Barber Adagio, you need look no further.
    O Magnum MysteriumMorton Lauridsen/arr. Sandra Dackow
    UIL Grade 4
  • October Eric Whitacre/arr. Paul Lavender
    The continuing popularity of Eric Whitacre's dramatic and evocative music is evident in concert programming everywhere, with his symphonic, choral, and operatic works. October is arguably his most notable symphonic work, now adapted in this stunning version for strings.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Organ Fugue in G Minor J.S. Bach/arr. Bob Cerulli
    A lovely transcription sure to delight audiences and students.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Overture to Joseph (for String Orchestra) Georg Frideric Handel/arr. Phillip Clark
    A beautiful E-minor Andante with ornaments and dotted rhythms leads to an Allegro with scale-passage work for everyone. A rather disjunctive theme in the Allegro teaches good bowing skills and offers a wonderful opportunity for a Baroque style lesson. Upper strings will shift to third position and lower strings to fourth.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Riveting! Take a journey with the legendary hero Perseus in this dynamic and stunning symphonic work as he slays the snake-haired Medusa and rescues the princess Andromeda. From the opening rhythmic figures to the soaring melodies, this piece will command the attention of your audience and plunge them into a whirlwind of adventure!
    PerseusSoon HeeNewbold
    UIL Grade 4
  • Prayer for Peace John Williams
    A hauntingly beautiful melody becomes the dramatic focal point of this powerful work for strings by the master of cinema music, John Williams. Once again, the brilliant writing creates an emotional and sensitive backdrop for the film, but works just as effectively when presented in a concert setting.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Rosa Mundi Paul Lewis
    "Whilst composing this piece to assuage the sadness of parting from a loved one, a single flower of my favourite rose blossomed in my garden -- the only one to do so that year." --P.Lewis
    UIL Grade 4
  • Shepherd's Dance from Amahl & the Night VisitorsGian-Carlo Menotti/arr. Lloyd Conley
    Amahl and the Night Visitors was the first opera to be commissioned especially for television and was premiered in 1951. With this well-crafted setting, string orchestras can enjoy the charming stage music from this enduring holiday production.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Sinfonia No. 11 J.S. Bach/arr. Shril Jae Atwell
    The music of J.S. Bach never ceases to impress with its artistry and technical mastery. This Grade 4 string orchestra arrangement gives players another avenue by which to explore the subtleties and sheer beauty of Bach's musical genius.
    Sinfonia No. 11
    UIL Grade 4
  • Sinfoniafrom The Observance of the First CommandmentW.A. Mozart/arr. Sandra Dackow
    Written when he was 11, The Observance of the First Commandment was Mozart's first major work for the stage, and it exhibits many examples of the composer's budding genius. Though not well known, this title is an excellent introduction to Mozart's early works.
    Sinfonia
    from
    The Observance
    of the
    First Commandment
    UIL Grade 4
  • Sinfonia in F Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Steven Frackenpohl
    An outstanding teaching and performance piece for string orchestra of this superb movement from Vivaldi. The well-designed part writing for each section gives ample teaching material in the time-tested tradition of the grand Baroque style.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Sinfonia to Saul (for String Orchestra) Georg Frideric Handel/arr. Phillip Clark
    This piece is a lively allegro in C Major, perfect for teaching baroque bowing style and trills. Tutti sections alternate with concertino moments to show off principal soloists.
    Sinfonia to Saul
    UIL Grade 4
  • Suite Concertante(for String Orchestra) Alfred Reed
    Allegro Energico • Molto Moderato e Cantabile • SicilianaNotturno(a dreamy, gently undulating siciliana, with haunting melodies) • Lento e Molto Sostenuto • Tempo diRocca.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Symphonia de Nativitate (1759) arr. Joel Blahnik
    Full of melody, this work speaks of the warm charm of this era and time. This appealing work has the tonality of D, d, D in its three movements.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Symphony No. 3 in G Major {I. Allegro}Franz Joseph Haydn/arr. Sandra Dackow
    The first movement of this early work shows Haydn's fondness for themes which spin from four long notes, surrounded by counterpoint in other voices. This intermediate arrangement for string orchestra requires some shifting for first violin and bass, while second violin, viola and cello can be played entirely in first position.
    Symphony No. 3
    in G Major
    I. Allegro
    UIL Grade 4
  • Symphony No. 32 in C Major: Finale Franz Joseph Haydn/arr. Sandra Dackow
    From the finale to one of Haydn's earlier symphonies, this piece will dance if the right lilt is captured. The second violin, viola and cello parts remain in first position, while the first violins use third position and the basses some second and third positions.
    Symphony No. 32
    in C Major
    Finale
    UIL Grade 4
  • Symphony No. 44 "Trauer" (4th Movement) Franz Joseph Haydn/arr. Todd Parrish
    Celebrate Haydn's 200th anniversary with this outstanding symphony! This exciting and energetic work is a rare example of Haydn's use of the minor tonality in symphonic writing, which is aptly subtitled "Trauer," translated "Mourning." The string parts are very close to the original with changes made only to accommodate the important lines of the original oboe and horn parts. Students will thoroughly enjoy the contrapuntal style allowing simultaneous independent melodies. Some shifting is required through third position for violins and fourth position for cellos and basses.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Three Dances from The Jacobin(for String Orchestra) Antonin Dvorak/arr. Phillip Clark
    Three lovely dances form this relatively unknown work of Dvorak: Ecossaise, Minuet and Polka. Players will enjoy excellent orchestration, while the arrangement retains the harmonic color and flavor of the original work.
    Three Dances
    from
    The Jacobin
    UIL Grade 4
  • Tiebetan Dance arr. Albert Wang
    A fantastic arrangement, with a lyrical violin/cello duet, which provides stylistic contrast to an otherwise brisk, lively piece. The multicultural appeal will be perfect for your next concert program.
    Tibetan Dance
    UIL Grade 4
  • A Very English Music (for String Orchestra) Paul Carr
    Written in a particularly “English” vein. Cuckmere Haven is a beautiful vista on the Sussex coast, and the music here represents a favored area for walking and meditating. The nostalgic Cornish Air commemorates the composer’s birthplace, while The Hunt Gathering depicts a very English Event: a Boxing Day Hunt in the village of Laycock. Its splendid vibrancy creates a melodious pictorial of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and onlookers, who cheer as the hunt is set off in a blaze of finery and excitement.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Winton Suite (for String Orchestra) Adam Carse
    Reissued by popular demand, Winton Suite stands worthily beside more familiar pieces for string orchestra such as Elgar's Serenade and Parry's Lady Radnor Suite. It is a five-movement work in a vigorous classical form that balances stirring fast music with lyrical, reflective passages.
    UIL Grade 4
  • Youth Dance arr. Albert Wang
    The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is located in northwestern China and occupies an area equal to one-sixth of China. The wild landscapes are known for their beauty, and the region's cultural diversity includes 34 different minorities. This arrangement combines classical, Latin, and jazz genres to create a perfect change of pace selection for Grade 3 groups.
    Youth Dance
    UIL Grade 4
  • The Banks of Green Willow George Butterworth
    Described by the composer as an "Idyll," and written in 1913, this piece is founded on two folk song melodies, The Banks of Green Willow and Green Bushes. The work is at times pastoral, sombre, agitated, and passionate, before finally ending tranquilly.
    UIL Grade 5
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Divertimento {Movement 1} (for String Orchestra) Jon Ward Bauman
    Bold, fresh writing gives the string orchestra something uniquely different here. It also provides an excellent choice for contest literature.
    UIL Grade 5
  • Dos miniatures andaluzas Joaquin Rodrigo
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    UIL Grade 5
  • An Empty Place Linda Tutas Haugen
    This piece is available as a RENTAL ONLY. Please contact Linda Tutas Haugen directly for rental information.
    UIL Grade 5
    (Full Orchestra)
  • Prelude (for String Orchestra) Gerald Finzi
    Originally conceived in the 1920s as the opening movement of a (subsequently uncompleted) chamber symphony, to be entitled The Bud, the Blossom and the Berry, the Prelude nevertheless stands convincingly as an independent piece. The music has a compelling forward drive, building to a concluding climax of power and expectancy, as the prevailing minor key breaks into the radiant warmth of the major.
    UIL Grade 5
  • Praeludium(Allegro comodo) • Air (Adagio, ma non troppo) • Intermezzo (Allegretto grazioso) • Romanze(Andante con moto) • Gavotte (Allegro deciso). The five parts of the Serenade are reconstituted movements taken from Foote’s earlier Suite No. 1, Op. 12, and his Suite No. 2, Op 21. The tonalities outline the E minor triad. Amiable tunes that are finely-suited to strings, well-ordered rhythms, and telling harmonies are hallmarks to Foote’s writing for this genre.
    Serenade in E Major, Op. 25 Arthur Foote
    UIL Grade 5
  • Sinfonia for Strings Eric Ewazen
    Composed by Eric Ewazen in 2009, Sinfonia for Strings is a challenging yet musically rewarding composition designed to showcase great virtuosity and legato lyricism. The music is unique in that it is written to display a degree of difficulty in the bass section not often seen in string orchestra music.
    UIL Grade 5
  • Suite in E Major, Op. 63 Arthur Foote
    Praeludium(Allegro comodo) • Pizzicato and Adagietto(Capriccioso allegretto) • Fugue (Allegro giusto). Considered Foote’s most famous piece of orchestral music, this suite originally had four movements, but Foote eventually cut one (Theme and Variations). Praeludium has great breadth and variety of expression; Pizzicato and Adagio is actually a three-section movement of contrasts; the Fugue is built from an Allegro giusto E minor subject.
    UIL Grade 5
  • Symphonia de Nativitate(1759) arr. Joel Blahnik
    Full of melody, this work speaks of the warm charm of this era and time. This appealing work has the tonality of D, d, D in its three movements.
    UIL Grade 5
  • A Very English Music (for String Orchestra) Paul Carr
    Written in a particularly “English” vein. Cuckmere Haven is a beautiful vista on the Sussex coast, and the music here represents a favored area for walking and meditating. The nostalgic Cornish Air commemorates the composer’s birthplace, while The Hunt Gathering depicts a very English Event: a Boxing Day Hunt in the village of Laycock. Its splendid vibrancy creates a melodious pictorial of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and onlookers, who cheer as the hunt is set off in a blaze of finery and excitement.
    UIL Grade 5
  • Winton Suite (for String Orchestra) Adam Carse
    Reissued by popular demand, Winton Suite stands worthily beside more familiar pieces for string orchestra such as Elgar's Serenade and Parry's Lady Radnor Suite. It is a five-movement work in a vigorous classical form that balances stirring fast music with lyrical, reflective passages.
    UIL Grade 5
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