Promo CD: Latham New Releases for String and Full Orchestra 2008
permanently out of print
permanently out of print
Contending for Full Orchestra 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. The recording is by the Austin Youth Symphony.
Jamaican Spice for String Orchestra Burswold
This elementary work has a Latin flavor with the addition of claves and maracas. In G major, Jamaican Spice uses all high 2s in upper strings, a good introduction to pizzicato and dotted rhythms.
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.
Festive Dance for String Orchestra Ed Zunic
In D major, this piece has a folksy, fiddling feel. Basses are mostly pizzicato throughout, and upper strings have off-beat accents and some syncopated rhythms.
A Cotton Candy Rag for String Orchestra Anne Svendsen
Grade 1.5 Explore an incredibly innovative way to use open strings and 1st finger! Using all four strings, this piece in G major can be used to teach either 1/2 position (using 2 fingers) or the backward extension of the 1st finger. Students will enjoy this good rhythmic lesson with repetitious ragtime syncopation.
Ancient Days for String Orchestra and Tom Tom Anne Svendsen
Grade 2 Harmonically modal (D) with optional tom tom, this piece has an eerie aboriginal sound. 1st violins have minimal 3rd position, while there is arpeggiated accompaniment in cellos and pizzicato for all.
Little Sunflower for String Orchestra, Piano and Drumset Fred Hubbard / Arr. Bert Ligon
Grade 2 What a perfect introduction of jazz harmony to your middle school orchestra! Improvisation for 1st violin and cello, with suggested solos written out in parts (with changes). Lots of syncopation (no swing) with reinforcement from a piano accompaniment and drum set part. All instruments are in first position with optional 8va on repeat for 1st violins
Galena-Milwaukee Breakdown for String Orchestra Catherine McMichael
Grade 2 Enjoy the journey on this rip-roaring fiddle tune composed to commemorate this famous railroad route. Divisi 1st violins have most of the action (minimal 3rd position), with the rest of the orchestra providing syncopated rhythmic and harmonic support.
Sinfonia to Saul for String Orchestra Georg Friedrich Händel (George Frederic Handel) / Arr. Andy Clark
Grade 3 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.
Easy Grade 3 Feel the heat of sultry Latin nights with this passionate tango!. Scordatura bass tuning (down to D) provides extra resonance for the rich harmonies and dance rhythms. Cellos play to 4th position, with optional shifting for others in this very accessible grade 3 work.
A Winter Wind for String Orchestra Paul Seitz
Grade 3 The sequel to Iowa Spring, this understated, contemplative piece will challenge your orchestra with divisi throughout, unison pizzicato against arco, thick harmonies, shifting for all.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy for String Orchestra, Piano and Drumset Josef / Joe Zawinul / Arr. Bert Ligon
Grade 3 With the passing of Joseph Zawinul this summer, this truly FUNKY arrangement could not be a more timely tribute. Improvisational opportunities for all (suggested solos written out in parts) with piano accompaniment and drum set included for support. If your orchestra loves funky jazz, this one is for you!
Avian Dance for String Orchestra Joshua Reznikow
Grade 3 Themes reminiscent of bird calls are the trademark of this dance, with special effects including harmonics and tremolo. In ABA form, the beginning is flowing and nebulous, followed by the driving and rhythmic B. Solos for 1st and 2nd violins and viola are included