Compositions for String Orchestra

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Defender of Time
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Defender of Time
Grade 1Grade 1
Defender of Time
A true concert work for players in the first year of beginning instruction! This ominous piece offers young string players the experience of performing a mature-sounding composition without technically demanding parts. Powerful dissonant harmonies and a pulsating rhythm create a feeling of power and excitement!
Dragon Slayer
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Dragon Slayer
Grade 1Grade 1
Dragon Slayer
Students and audiences will enjoy this exciting adventure into the world of the dragon slayer in this highly popular piece, which uses only D–B in all instruments (including the low E in cello and bass). Percussion and mild dissonance adds to the dark, medieval sound. Sure to be a favorite at your next concert!
FJH Music Company [Ft. Lauderdale, FL]
*Recorded by Washington Winds, Edward S. Petersen, Conductor
Fire Dragon Mountain
Fire Dragon Mountain
Grade 1Grade 1
Fire Dragon Mountain
The driving rhythms and powerful harmonies of this dramatic work create a stark image of ferocious, fire-breathing dragons roaming the mountain. From the first note, this epic piece will grab the attention of your audience!
Gentle River
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Gentle River
Grade 1Grade 1
Gentle River
Gentle River is a lyrical ballad by Rob Grice that depicts the simple beauty of a river as it flows peacefully through a green valley. It offers the opportunity to teach younger musicians to play expressively while maintaining a blended and balanced ensemble sound. Wonderful teaching material for this grade level.
C.L. Barnhouse Company [Oskaloosa, IA]
Abandoned Treasure Hunt
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Abandoned Treasure Hunt
Grade 1.5Grade 1.5
Abandoned Treasure Hunt
The history of dragons is universal throughout the cultures of the ancient world. Great battles involving dragons, revealed on objects of ancient art, are the inspiration for this exciting original composition. It really brings the conflicts of these legendary, powerful creatures to life for young string orchestras!
C.L. Barnhouse Company [Oskaloosa, IA]
Academie Musicale
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Academie Musicale
Grade 1.5Grade 1
Academie Musicale
Here is a strong choice for your next festival or concert performance! Full of energy and vitality, this contemporary, fresh-sounding selection will motivate your players and impress your audience!
Battle of the Ancient Dragons
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Battle of the Ancient Dragons
Grade 1.5Grade 1.5
Battle of the Ancient Dragons
The history of dragons is universal throughout the cultures of the ancient world. Great battles involving dragons, revealed on objects of ancient art, are the inspiration for this exciting original composition. It really brings the conflicts of these legendary, powerful creatures to life for young string orchestras!
Alfred Publishing Company Belwin Division [Van Nuys, CA]
*Recorded by Washington Winds, Edward S. Petersen, Conductor
Santa Goes Wild West
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Santa Goes Wild West
Grade 2Grade 2
Santa Goes Wild West
Imagine spending the Christmas holidays in an old "Wild West" town, with cowboys and Indians, wagon rides, gunfights, and, of course, a visit from Old Saint Nick! Based on Jingle Bells, with snippets of other well-loved tunes woven in, including the Lone Ranger theme, this piece is sure to make your audience smile as they experience Christmas and the Old West in a new way!
Alfred Publishing Company Belwin Division [Van Nuys, CA]
Pinnacle
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Pinnacle
Grade 2Grade 2
Pinnacle
A best selling band piece is the basis of this dynamic string arrangement. Capturing all of the great energy of the original, the very careful string treatment makes it accessible even for second year groups. Memorable melodies, syncopated rhythms and great percussion writing creates a real treat your students will want to play every day! (Rob Grice/arr. Law )
Grand Mesa Music Company [Grand Junction, CO]
Warriors of Beijing
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Warriors of Beijing
Grade 2Grade 2
Warriors of Beijing
This piece is exciting, and uses dissonance and clashing rhythms to portray advancing warriors! Inspired by a trip to Beijing and the vast terracotta army of warriors protecting their long dead emperor, Qin Shi Huang. The tension builds musically as we follow the emperor in the unification of China, the building of the Great Wall and his endless search for immortality. Outstanding!
Alfred Publishing Company Belwin Division [Van Nuys, CA]
Avenger
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Avenger
Grade 2.5Grade 2.5
Avenger
Here is an aggressive original composition that explores contemporary harmonies and vigorous rhythms while creating feelings of animation and excitement. Use this piece to build musicianship through work on harmony, dynamics, balance and intensity. Sustain the overall drive and energy to the last note!
Alfred Publishing Company Belwin Division [Van Nuys, CA]
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