News & Views Thursday, September 20, 2018

Category: Orchestra

Fresh and Spooky Music for Orchestra 10 September, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Specialist

Many orchestras seem to have a late October concert, so why not take advantage of the timing and program some great spine-tingling tunes to add some excitement – or better yet, do a whole Halloween theme concert and program them all! Spanning Grade 1.5 to 4, spooky special string effects such as col legno, sul ponticello tremolo and harmonic glissandi will add teaching opportunities, and each of these titles offers parts for everyone to help join in the creepiness. And you know your students and their audience will love them!

cfn-fas111-fIncursion by Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 1.5
Lots of teaching elements and a chilling concert highlight all in one! With a harmonic moment reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, you can teach musical concepts such as col legno, offbeats, Grand Pause and ground bass and end up with a dramatic and hair-raising piece for your middle-schoolers that is destined to become a tradition at your late October concerts around Halloween. Kids that age love things chilling and macabre, so they will glom onto Incursion with relish.

Dark Dreams by Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 2
Leave it to the super creative Sean O’Loughlin to spice up your October concert with great special effects in this mysterious and eerie selection that will keep your players on their toes and your audience on the edge of their seats! Sul ponticello tremolo, trills, pizzicato, staccato sfortzandos, accents, and offbeat melodies make great teaching moments plus you’ll have a top-notch, moody addition to your repertoire.

fjh-st6446-fThe Haunted Ballroom by Chris Thomas, Grade 3.5
It seems as if many school orchestras have concerts toward the end of October, so they are always in the market for new Halloween repertoire. Here is a winner that should be included in your library for such occasions. Marked to be played “Ghostly and refined,” it is a spooky waltz, accentuated by effectively eerie glissandi on harmonics. It is also rife with staccato bowing, tremolos, dynamic extremes, col legno, and just enough chromaticism (with helpful fingerings) to make your teeth turn sideways. It will make a great, colorful addition to your late Autumn/Halloween concert.

leon-04492165-fWitch’s Fiddle by Robert Buckley, Grade 3-4
If you only buy one piece for your high schoolers this year, make it this one, especially if you have a concert around the end of October. Loaded with spine-chilling special effects such as glissandi on harmonics, short, fingered glissandi, snap pizzicato, and sul ponticello tremolo as well as jarring harmonies and off-kilter rhythms to spice up the Munsters-like melody, this will be the piece your audience will be talking about at the end of the concert – and that your students will want to play year after year. Do not miss it!

Contact us for more spooooooky recommendations, or browse our newly redesigned website at stantons.com!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Six Resources to Protect Your Hearing in Rehearsal 18 July, 2018

Wearing ear plugs is something few performing musicians do. We worry about communication and our effectiveness in playing, so we tend to forgo the plugs – but AFTER experiencing hearing loss is not the time to start worrying about protection. Here are some educational resources to help you protect one of your most valuable musical assets – your hearing!

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

new-year-new-lookNotice anything different about us?

We’ve launched our newly redesigned website for musicians and educators to compare all music options, organize titles for personal and professional use, and share their passion for musical expression. The new website is designed to improve your search results and reduce research stress.

“We’ve been working on this website for three years now. The features we are most excited for are the advanced search bar and music-specific filters that offer you more opportunities to find sheet music that fits your educational or performance goals,” said David Ginter, technical manager.

Our search bar is optimized for music specific searches. You can search by instrument, voicing, keyword, full title, composer, artist, arranger, series, or catalog number. However, remember – less is more. If you want to be even more specific, click on our advanced search and type in as much information as you have.

CaptureIf you still have too many results after hitting enter, click on the photo to the left to reveal the filter! All you’ll have to do is chose the tab you want and it will grow to show you how every item is grouped. Say you searched the word “Star,” but you only want to see SAB music – the voicing tab will tell you how many SAB selections are in this search.

We are also introducing new Social Media and Reprise pages. These pages archive our social and email announcements to allow our non-social media users access to our news and product recommendation. You can check in with the Social Media page for a weekly snapshot of what’s happening at Stanton’s and easily follow us without ever logging in.

You can stop scrolling back months at time to find that email with that title you can’t remember the name of, but you know would be perfect! Visit our Reprise page and only look through our emails without any distractions.

“The website is a resource where music directors can easily see, listen, and learn new products that best fit their ensemble needs. What we’ve created is a large music library database. With that database we can help directors and musicians compare ideas, organize their selections, and share with their ensemble and the audiences they reach,” says President, Eric Strouse.

AMERICANA for Orchestra 04 June, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

String Teachers – here are some excellent String Orchestra pieces evoking the feel of Americana for young string students. They’re perfect for summer camps and workshops!

Deep Wood by Frank J. Halferty, Grade 3
Reminiscent of Jazz-Bluegrass that Bela Fleck and the Flecktones might offer, Deep Wood puts the cellos and basses in the spotlight, but keeps everyone on their toes with rhythmic layering, bluesy-greasy glissandi and wild color chords. Sounding way harder than it is, it features short duets for principal first & second violin and principal cello & bass plus one short violin solo. For everyone else, just count and groove!

The Girl I Left Behind Me arr. Sandra Dackow, Grade 0.5
All in first position with straightforward rhythms and thematic parts for everyone, this poignant song arranged by Sandra Dackow will be a wonderful addition to any concert. The Girl I Left Behind Me first appears in 18th century Ireland, often known as “Brighton Camp.” It emigrated to the United States along with many other Anglo/Scots/Irish folk tunes and became a popular marching song for soldiers. During the American Civil War, soldiers in both the Confederate and Union armies sang it. A number of cultures have embraced this song, adding their own local lyrics.

Lonesome Valley arr. Jason Krug, Grade 2
From a plaintive and prayerful opening in solo violin, this arrangement of a well-known spiritual builds in power and emotion with each successive verse. The melody passes between voices, and frequent and varied countermelodies are employed throughout, providing ensembles the chance to work on balance of parts. One key change, from G to D, should pose little difficulty. A rich and nuanced selection to challenge your ensemble’s musicality!

When Johnny Comes Marching Home arr. Sandra Dackow, Grade 2.5
An exciting arrangement by Sandra Dackow that students will love to play that remains in first position with strong eighth-note passages and great parts for all. This piece appears in the 1800s and is embraced as traditional folk music by both Ireland and the United States, where it is popularly known as When Johnny Comes Marching Home. The original words “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye” are sung by the song’s narrator, a young Irish woman who watched her loved one run away to soldier in a war far away. When he finally does return home to her and his child, he is broken, but she still takes him in and loves him. In more recent times the song has become, in some ways, an anti-war anthem. The American words of the song were popular with both the Confederate and Union Armies during the US Civil War.

Contact us for more information, and don’t forget – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Low Instrument Feature for Orchestra 11 May, 2018

master-50250118-frecommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Low and Lower by Clarence Barber, Grade 2
Feature your (sometimes) neglected lower strings on this fun, bouncy romp in C major. The majority of the melodic content is in the viola, cello and bass, which are often independent of one another, so it’s a great lesson in counting as well as a chance for your lower strings to shine! Second violin will sometimes play in thirds with the viola and first violin get an occasional melodic lick, so no one is neglected. There is also an opportunity to teach left hand pizzicato.

Need to feature a special section or instrument in your ensemble? We have ideas – let Stanton’s help! Contact us for recommendations, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

New for FULL ORCHESTRA 16 April, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Are you lucky enough to have a Full Orchestra at your school? Don’t miss these outstanding new Full Orchestra titles for the 2017-2018 school year from Grade 2.5 to Grade 4!

alfred-45891-fDance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli/arr. Richard Meyer, Grade 2.5
Your orchestra will love the chance to play these ever-popular tunes from Ponchielli’s opera La Gioconda, as arranged by Richard Meyer. Instantly recognizable to any audience, this arrangement retains the sound of the original and gives students a chance to develop the variety of techniques needed to perform two very different styles of dance music. The key has been changed (from E major to G major) and the time signature simplified (from 4/8 to 4/4), but none of the fun is missing!

Symphony #8, 1st Movement by Franz Schubert/arr. Richard Meyer, Grade 2.5
Treat your students to one of the most-loved symphonic movements ever written by a master of the classical style in this Richard Meyer arrangement of Symphony No.8, Mvt. 1, known as the “Unfinished.” All of Franz Schubert’s unforgettably melodious themes are present, and the composer’s imaginative orchestration has been carefully preserved. A must for any young symphonic orchestra!

master-50200041-fLegacy by Robert Longfield, Grade 3
This outstanding original work in D minor exists for both band and full orchestra. It is rich, full, and vibrant, with exciting parts for all players.

Northumbrian Suite arr. Ian David Coleman, Grade 3.5
Folk songs have a long and mysterious history. Their origins are unknown; they have come down to us mainly through an oral tradition passed from generation to generation. Many of the folk songs we have come to know and love are rooted in the ancient region of northern England and southern Scotland known as Northumbria. The three folk songs in this suite reflect this vibrant, wild and deeply historic region. Includes When the Boat Comes In; Dives and Lazarus and The Keel Row.

Suite from Hamilton arr. Jerry Brubaker, Grade 3.5
Hamilton is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. In 2016, it was nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards®, winning 11 (including Best Musical), and was also the recipient of the 2016 GRAMMY AWARD® for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Jerry Brubaker has chosen six of the most musical selections from the show to use in this arrangement, including “You’ll Be Back,” “Helpless,” “My Shot,” “Dear Theodosia,” “It’s Quiet Uptown,” and “One Last Time.” Experience the beauty and excitement of this amazing musical!

master-a8633-fThe Summer Knows by Michael LeGrand/arr. Mike Lewis, Grade 4
Lush, vibrant, and beautiful, this arrangement of the theme from the film Summer of ’42 will be the perfect addition to your program.

Find more for full orchestra on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Adventures with the Orchestra 28 March, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

lorenz-5096241For many years, teachers across the country and around the world have been inspired by the innovative and creative lessons cultivated in Artie Almeida‘s Florida classroom. In one of her earliest published resources, Dr. Almeida packaged several ideas for learning about the orchestra into a complete unit designed to thoroughly explore the instruments, vocabulary, and enjoyment of the symphony orchestra.

Now this unit is available in Adventures with the Orchestra, along with many additional tools to make implementing every activity as simple as possible. Everything you need for a complete instructional unit is here: flashcards, printable game pieces, guided listening activities, musical examples, website lessons, and more!

For more information, visit us online at stantons.com, or contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Teaching Pieces for Orchestra 21 March, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Stanton’s always endeavors to point out the teaching aspects of the pieces we recommend. These two examples are custom-made for teaching. Check them out!

fjh-st6429-f10 Intonation Studies and Chorales by Brian Balmages
Outstanding “first ten minute” warm-up routines to get students’ ears in sync with a particular key concentrating on correct intonation, using open strings as guides for chord note alignment, with both scales and chorales.

String Crossing March by Lynne Latham, Grade 1
Sounding more difficult than it actually is, this tuneful, educational creation will help you teach string crossing, skipping fingers, and left hand pizzicato. It has fun parts for everyone, including some call and response and knocking on instruments for a unique aural experience.

Contact us for more suggestions with great string pedagogy connections! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 14 March, 2018

46818The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a concert tour featuring music from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda video game series. Now available is a supplemental edition of advanced piano transcriptions!

The new movement is “Skyward Sword,” a suite which includes “Ballad of the Goddesses,” “The Sky,” “Fi’s Farewell,” “Ghirahim Battle,” “Fi’s Theme,” and “Message From the Goddess.” A bonus piece has also been added, “Breath of the Wind Medley,” and pages of color art from the game series are included. The energy displayed in the orchestra concert is retained in these piano transcriptions, and the familiar themes will bring to mind familiar characters and settings. It is well worth your time as a fan of Zelda and a fan of the piano, to explore this new collection!

For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Uplifting Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 2.5-3 07 February, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Every concert needs one or two pieces that fill the heart with gladness. Here are some wonderful options at the Grade 2.5 to 3 level for Middle School and young High School String Orchestras.

kendor-9153-fHero’s Quest by Timothy J. Isham, Grade 2+
Film scores have in many ways become today’s “classical” music for the masses. Educational composers have picked up on that phenomenon and are writing film music without the movie! Maybe your students can come up with stories to match the music of Hero’s Quest, a dramatic portrait of the quintessential over-the-top pop culture hero. With melodic and rhythmic activity in all parts, your students will get reinforcement on 6/8 time, D minor, building intensity and third position in the first violins – and everyone will enjoy the cinematic bombast!

Joyous Celebration by Scott Watson, Grade 2.5
Start or finish a concert with a bang using A Joyous Celebration to great effect! Optional timpani will provide some extra push, if you can recruit one, but even if you don’t, every part propels the piece forward. With syncopation, open string double stops, trills and dynamic fermatas, all the stops get pulled out for your Joyous Celebration!

Swj-3035761-fparta by Todd Parrish, Grade 2.5
Take a trip back to Ancient Greece with this fun and energetic work! Students will encounter two-note to six-note slurs, pizzicato, staccato and legato bowings, rhythms in 3/4 time, and dynamic contrast, along with an emphasis on playing octaves. The powerful melody is carefully woven throughout all parts while the accompaniment reinforces anchoring the first finger for better intonation.

Wondrous Flight by Bruce Tippette, Grade 2
Written for the composer’s son, Wondrous Flight alternates between insistent syncopated rhythms and flowing melodic passages. As the piece progresses, an increase in tempo drives the melodies through each section of the orchestra toward a grandiose, climactic moment. The piece elevates itself throughout, creating the feeling of climbing ever higher into the sky, finally ending in a fiery burst of energy as the familiar melodies reprise one final time to deliver a big finish.

Lefjh-st6433-fgionary by Chris Thomas, Grade 3
Travel back in time to the era of the Roman legionary as you experience music that portrays the rugged and exciting story of a Roman soldier. The piece features brawny marcato bowings, simple syncopations, bold ostinato rhythms and tension-building trills. Powerful moments are passed throughout the ensemble in this adventurous addition to your next concert program!

Find more creative choices for your developing string orchestra on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

POP & MOVIES for Orchestra 22 January, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

String Teachers! Plan ahead for your Spring Pops Concerts with your Middle School and High School String Orchestras. Here are this year’s winning arrangements.

Grade 2/3 Pop and Rock
leon-520483Bohemian Rhapsody arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2/3
The rock anthem from Queen, now for first and second year players.

Cake by the Ocean arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 2.5
Beach party song from the current band DNCE.

80s Soundtrax arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 2.5
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Words Get in the Way, If I Could Turn Back Time.

Go Big or Go Home arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 2.5
alfred-513595Top 20 hit from American Authors featured in 2016 NBA Playoff Finals promos.

Hey Jude arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2/3
Instantly engaging Beatles anthem in an easy version.

Surfin’ U.S.A. arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2
Beach Boys surf music from the 1960s. Essential Elements Book 2 correlation.

Twist and Shout arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2/3
Vintage Isley Brothers/Beatles Rock-n-Roll that appeals to all audiences.

alfred-45843-fWork from Home arr. Michael Story, Grade 2
Infectious pop tune from the all-girl band Fifth Harmony hit big in 2016.

Grade 3/4 Pop and Rock
Brandenburg arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
From the pop violin/viola hip-hop duo, Black Violin.

Handclap arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Highest charting song from American indie pop band, Fitz and the Tantrums.

leon-520479Last Train to Clarksville arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Enduring favorite from the Monkees with a country fiddle twist.

Seven Nation Army arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
White Stripes riff rock considered by many to be one of the greatest song of the 2000s.

Shape of You arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Dance hall-inspired #1 pop song from Ed Sheeran is the most-streamed song on Spotify.

Victorious arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Uplifting anthem with a driving pulse from pop group, Panic! At the Disco.

Grade 3/4 Broadway and Movie
Citleon-518059y of Stars arr. Jim Kazik, Grade 3/4
Multiple award-winning song from the movie musical, La La Land.

Evermore arr. James Kazik, Grade 3/4
From the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as sung by Josh Grobin.

Selections from Fantastic Beasts arr. Bob Phillips, Grade 3
Two selections from the latest J.K Rowling movie adventure.

How Does a Moment Last Forever arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3/4
From the live-action film of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as sung by Celine Dion.

Kingdom Dance arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3/4
From the Disney animated film, Tangled, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel.

leon-518058Music from La La Land arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3/4
Mia & Sebastian’s Theme, Another Day of Sun, Audition (The Fools Who Dream), City of Stars.

Highlights from Moana arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
How Far I’ll Go, We Know the Way, Where You Are, and You’re Welcome.

My Shot (from Hamilton) arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Standout song from the hip-hop Broadway smash, Hamilton, with optional vocal.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3
arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 4
He’s Here for Us, Jyn Erso & Hope Suite, Rogue One, Imperial Suite, Your Father Would Be Proud.

leon-520484Music from Sing arr. James Kazik, Grade 3/4
Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Stevie Wonder’s Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing, Ariana Grande & Stevie’s Faith.

Find more orchestra pops on our website, or contact us for more details! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Expressive Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 2-3 05 January, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Have you been working on vibrato and stressing balance and blend with your string orchestra? Be sure to check out these expressive options! Students tend to like “up-and-at ‘em” pieces, but there is a lot to be said for learning slow, expressive musical literature. It develops maturity of sound and musicality, provides good contrast for concert and adjudication programs, and offers a kind of emotional feeling that string instruments can conjure up better than any other. Don’t miss these “feel good” winners.

grandm-gmmor180-fNebula by David Bobrowitz, Grade 2
Teaching moments abound as you capture the beauty and mystery of an interstellar cloud. Reinforce the concept of triplets and 2 against 3, get your students comfortable with sixteenth notes and introduce them to the one measure of 5/4 time. Everyone has active and essential parts, so they will enjoy working on this excellent contrast to more uptempo repertoire.

A Song for Friends by Larry Daehn/arr. Kyoto Sila, Grade 2.5
If your strength is in your upper strings, let them shine on this exquisite tribute to friendship. Perfect for practicing newly-learned vibrato, it will also reinforce smooth bowing, blending the ensemble and the best way to dove-tail the melody between sections. The lovely melody, uncomplicated rhythms and smooth harmonies will provide a great “Aaah” factor to any concert. Have your high school do it in the fall and middle school do it in the spring!

grandm-gmmor177-fCity Awakens, City Sleeps by David Bobrowitz, Grade 3
In an interesting reversal of the fast-slow-fast compositional stereotype, Bobrowitz goes slow-fast-slow in this depiction of a city coming to life in the morning, bustling through the day and closing down at night. He includes various bowing styles, including slurs ending in staccato, a left hand stretch from Eb to F# in most parts and an accelerando for a good “watch the conductor” lesson. There are short bass and cello solos and action for everyone as they perfect this example of programmaticism at its cinematic finest.

Contact us for more programming ideas for strings, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Solo and Ensemble Time Is Near! 20 December, 2017

OMEAIt’s almost January, which means Solo & Ensemble season for the Ohio Music Education Association is soon upon us! For our local, Central Ohio customers in OMEA District 15, the event date is Saturday, January 27. Here are some reminders to make sure that this busy day goes smoothly for you and your students:

1) Make sure that your student is playing from an original copy, not a photocopy, of music (even if you have purchased the music, copying it and playing from a photocopy is an infringement of copyright law).

2) Similarly, make sure the judge has an original score (with measures numbered!) from which to read.

3) Make sure that your student is playing from the correct edition of their music. To check the list of approved editions, follow these steps:
– Visit the OMEA Solo and Ensemble page
– Under High School, select “Search HS Required list,” or Junior High, select “Search JH Suggested list”
– Click “search,” choose your area, then select your instrument
– Select the event and class, then click “search”
– Click on the title of the piece (they will be listed alphabetically by title), then “View Approved Editions”

4) Contact us with any questions you may have about OMEA music! We are happy to help you, and can be reached at 1.800.42.MUSIC using any of the following extensions, or via email:
– ext 1: Choral and Classical Vocal (choral@stantons.com)
– ext 2: Instrumental (instrumental@stantons.com)
– ext 3: Piano and Guitar (keyboard@stantons.com)


Classical Transcriptions for Orchestra – Grade 3-4 15 December, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

It’s time to get your high school string orchestra music nailed down for spring concerts and festivals – here are some absolute winners! If your high school string orchestra is not quite ready for standard literature that is Grade 5 and up, be sure to pay attention to these excellent classical transcriptions at the Grade 3-4 level. Covering Baroque, Classical, and Romantic composers – and Igor Stravinsky! – you have a plethora of options from among the best new classical transcriptions that are out for the 2017-2018 school year. From symphonies, operas, choral music arrangements and solo features, these pieces all have plenty to offer in terms of teaching elements, generous orchestration and programmability. Don’t miss any of them!

grandm-gmmor178-fJoyful Jig by Bob Latchaw, Grade 3
Probably our favorite piece for 2017, this spritely, original, 6/8 jig morphs into a surprising rendition of Ode to Joy. With short solos for principal first violin and cello, it has tons of fun for everyone and will help reinforce 6/8 time as well as the opportunity to pit 2 against 3. Part independence and accidentals will also encourage maturity within your group. Plus it’s just a great performance piece!

Symphony No. 16 (1st Movement) by F.J. Haydn/arr. Brendan McBrien, Grade 3
Boundless enthusiasm permeates this bright opening movement from Haydn’s 16th symphony composed when he was only 25 years old. This prime example of Haydn’s fondness for using a monothematic structure shows his creative economy in symphonic construction. Upper strings carry the melody, but the lower strings are the absolutely necessary engine and there is plenty to teach with here, including shifting, Classical trills starting on the note and the buoyant Classical style.

wj-3035771-fAllegro from Symphony #17 by W.A. Mozart/arr. Steven J. Campbell, Grade 3
The youthful energy is contagious when you capture the Mozart style in this offering from when he was merely sixteen! The second of three symphonies he wrote that year, it contains his signature chromatics and a sixteenth/dotted eighth note rhythm that keeps it spritely. Typical of that era, the lower strings primarily provide the (absolutely necessary) “motor” while the upper string carry the melody and close harmony, and it’s the combination of the two that make it magically Mozart!

Pulcinella (Overture) by Igor Stravinsky/arr. Robert D. McCashin, Grade 3.5
It’s not often you can program Stravinsky for a high school string orchestra, so this one is a real treat! Being neo-classic it will not test students’ aural skills too far, but the part independence will keep everyone busy. All parts are absolutely essential and fairly involved, so no one can claim boredom! Enjoy a few short, shiny solos and superb Stravinskian idiosyncracies!

fjh-st6417-fMenuetto from Symphony #5 (3rd Movement) by Franz Schubert/arr. Robert D. McCashin, Grade 3.5
This minuet is so boistrous, it could be construed as a scherzo! Taken in “1” with light-hearted rhythms and chromatic melodies, it will fairly jump off the stage into your appreciative audience’s ears. The delightful melodies are primarily, but not totally, in the upper strings, but without the oom-pah-pah anchoring the accompaniment, it just wouldn’t be a minuet!

Andante from Symphony #4 by Felix Mendelssohn/arr. Robert S. Frost, Grade 4
The music of Mendelssohn is delightful to hear, but often challenging to perform. This selection, however, is accessible for developing string orchestras. The cellos and basses will find it particularly rewarding as they are featured with a walking bass line. In all respects this arrangement follows the original closely, with the necessary wind parts carried by upper strings.

kendor-10086-fNabucco Overture by Giuseppe Verdi/arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 4
Every bit of Grade 4, this will take a mature group, but will increase their maturity by being worked on and performed! It will be very impressive and memorable when polished. Offering all the themes from the original overture, it will keep your students on the edge of their chairs since they are covering all the full orchestra parts with just strings. Being a full-sounding arrangement, it will increase your players sense of ensemble as they listen while they play. Make sure to keep the down-up-up bowing steady and you will have a piece to be proud of.

Concerto for Two Violins in D Major by Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Brendan McBrien, Grade 3
Adapted from Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D Major, this arrangement for two solo violins and orchestra creates an opportunity to feature your top violinists in the opening movement of this classic work. Your musicians and audience will be charmed by this Italian masterpiece which includes passages for solo cello and optional keyboard accompaniment to lend it that authentic flavor.

wj-3035791-fSymphony #5 (1st Movement) by Franz Schubert/arr. Brian Holmes, Grade 3
Here is a wonderful way to expose your students to Schubert’s legendary melodic writing – he was the “King of German Lieder” after all, which were 99% melody! Most people know his Unfinished Symphony, but his other symphonic works need to be appreciated as well. This impressive masterwork will really allow your group to shine. Since it is a full orchestra work that has been collapsed down to just strings, it will give everyone lots to do to get all the parts covered. It is in G major, but is filled with accidentals such as A#, D# and Bb, it gets your first violins up into third position and promotes feeling the pulse in “2” – so there is plenty of educational emphasis as well as just plain gorgeous music.

alfred-45884-fDay of Wrath (from Requiem) by Giuseppe Verdi/arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 3.5
“Day of Wrath” (translated from the Latin “Dies Irae”), with its dramatic extremes of emotion, is the perfect choice for any concert or festival. Students may recognize it from the video game Mobile Strike! This setting by Verdi in his Requiem Mass was first performed in 1874 and now has been arranged by Deborah Baker Monday. Repeated sixteenth notes are used extensively along with divided parts to create a full, sonorous effect with huge dynamic contrasts from the fortissimo opening to the “morendo” ending.

Contact us for more recommendations, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Violin Christmas Solos 24 November, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

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Two special collections come to mind when I think of Christmas music for violin. The first is a volume of lovely violin solos from Mel Bay Publications, Christmas Melodies for Violin Solo by Craig Duncan. There are 14 Christmas pieces for violin solo with piano accompaniment included, written mostly in first and third positions and suitable for intermediate to advanced players. “Carol of the Bells” sparkles as it goes through first, third and fifth positions; the lyrical “Gesu Bambino” may just tempt you to get up and waltz; and the rest of the pieces are no less appealing!

For earl99639bcdier level players, Mel Bay offers My Very Best Christmas arranged and edited by Karen Khanagov. It’s a collection of 17 pieces with the choice of violin solo or duet for each piece, as well as a piano accompaniment or CD to play along with. The CD is great to use in performance, or at home to experiment with improvisation.

Whether you play for others or for your own enjoyment, either collection is a delight to play from! For more information about these selections or similar offerings, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


World Music for Orchestra 03 November, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Thinking multicultural for your next string orchestra concert? Consider these top-notch selections! A variety of countries and a span of grade levels are represented in these wonderful world music selections for string orchestra. There are bound to be some that will fit your programming needs and your students’ abilities. These are all pieces that fit the string medium extremely well, and will give your students a taste of music that may not be heard often in this country. That, along with the inclusion of all kinds of musical techniques make them win-win as teaching pieces, plus they make unique concert and festival literature.

grandm-gmmor175-fBrave Spirit by Randall Standridge, Grade 3
Inspired by Adeline Yen Mah’s autobiography “Chinese Cinderella,” this spirited and unique string work incorporates a pentatonic scale to help paint a picture of a young Chinese woman who struggles finding acceptance in a primarily patriarchal society. With your concert master as the protagonist and principal cello as her grandfather, a conversation ensues that evolves into a joyful dance, then the reflection of inner peace that the author strived for. With its powerful story, your students and audience will surely be enthralled.

Hakenbogen Schottisch by Bud Woodruff, Grade 2
Hakenbogen means “hooked bow” and a Schottische is a country dance for partners that probably originated in Bohemia, so there is all kinds of teaching potential with this one. There are two key changes to maneuver and the need to keep the accompaniment pizzicato dynamically under the string bass melody when they actually get it. (Woo-woo basses!) This winner will get toes a-tapping!

master-50250117-fGreen Cello Jig by Lynne Latham & Clarence Barber, Grade 2
Written by well known string pedagogue Lynne Latham with some help from her friend, Clarence Barber, “Green Cello Jig” is in memory of Anne Sellitti, a cellist who played her green carbon-fiber cello all around North Carolina, much to the delight of youngsters and oldsters. In a happy 6/8, it is a first-rate lesson in the rhythms within that time signature as well as hooked bowing. The quirky, chromatic melody is generously shared, but is often in the cellos. It will certainly tickle the ears of your audience with its Celtic twist.

El Condor Pasa arr. Janelle Zook Cunalata, Grade 2.5
Diversify your concert program with this captivating arrangement based on the 1913 Peruvian melody and inspired by traditional Andean mountain music. This arrangement will interest your students as it contains great expressiveness, gorgeous harmonies, a smooth and rustic contrast in the accompaniment, the quotation of the famous “Dies Irae” Gregorian chant, optional solo parts for violin and cello, and a dramatic ending.

wj-3035691-fFinnish Folk Song Suite arr. Francis Caravella, Grade 2
The three songs of the “Finnish Folk Song Suite” were chosen for their common connection to nature. Everyone gets a chance at the melody in this collection of minor key folk songs that are reminiscent of Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances,” but much easier to play!

Need more creative choices for your string orchestra? Contact us, or visit our website! And as always, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Uplifting Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 1-2 30 October, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Looking for young string orchestra repertoire to buoy your students and your audience? Here is a wide variety of outstanding original music that will not only provide a lift at your concerts, but will also offer innumerable teaching opportunities as well as interesting parts for every section of your young string orchestra.

cfn-bas75-fRays of Light by George Sweet, Grade 1
If you have one of those young middle school groups that seems to latch on to new concepts easily, you should consider this subtle selection that will make them sound mature beyond their years. There are occasional dissonances that pop out much like the Rays of Light after a dark storm that they are representing. Several of the phrases end in ritardandos, with the next phrase starting at a different tempo from the previous one, which also makes the music sound very “grown up.” While technically easy (nothing faster than eighth notes) the weaving of all the parts, which are equally necessary, gives it some musical muscle, to which your students and audience will positively respond.

Air of Nobility by James Swearingen, Grade 1
A very easy yet majestic concert opener with a big fanfare that brings it in and takes it out, Air of Nobility passes the melody from first violin to cello to second violin (wow!) with plenty of support from the rest of the group. There are lots of teaching opportunities, with a style change between the fanfare and the ceremonial processional march, double upbows, the difference between marcato and legato and the meaning of Maestoso.

barn-arc-7051-00-fSoar with the Dragons by Rob Romeyn, Grade 0.5
Your beginners will really latch on to this dragon fantasy, which is right in their reading/video game wheelhouse. They will get to dig into the string, learn double upbows and begin to conquer “hairpin” dynamics up and down. Add the optional triangle and gong, if you can, to really capture the soaring quality and aggressive sound will surely be impressive to their audience on an early concert.

Northern Lights by Alan Lee Silva, Grade 1.5
You can always count on Alan Lee Silva to provide a picturesque portrait of whatever he chooses to write about, in this case the mysterious Aurora Borealis. Using a call and response device, he keeps everyone involved in the flow of the piece, and when the dynamics are closely followed it is quite effective. There is give and take with tempos and styles which will add maturity to the sound of your young group as well.

master-50250113-fCat, Dancing by Bud Woodruff, Grade 1.5
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 30% of homes have cats, so a lot of people will be able to relate to the notion of a cat dancing. With pouncing pizzicato in the accompaniment and interesting turns in the melody, all parts are important as your students maneuver 2/2 time (start in 4, then move to cut time) left hand pizzicato (not always on open strings!) and half position in the violas. Cat, Dancing is clever and contagious, intriguing and beguiling.

A New Dawn by Lorri Baum, Grade 2
There is so much negativity in the world, that this upbeat paean of positivity could be a breath of fresh air at your next concert. Celebrating new life, new growth and new beginnings, it is also a musical lesson in keeping the arpeggiated accompaniments quieter than the melody (which is shared liberally) incorporating syncopation (usually in unison rhythms) and introducing A#. Plus it should leave a smile on everyone’s face!

fjh-st6434-fIntrada by Brian Balmages, Grade 2
Brian Balmages has really made a name for himself as a writer of unique, intriguing, outstanding pieces at any grade level. Without being too technically difficult, Intrada sounds a whole lot harder than it is. Feeling the pulse through regular meter changes and accents, your students will get a big sound with the terraced dynamics and various textures as sections are added and subtracted. It’s bright and contemporary with great momentum.

To Catch a Pickpocket by Chandra Lind, Grade 1
This engaging, minor key piece by new composer Lind spins an intriguing musical story of a cat-and-mouse game between a very clever pickpocket and the new inspector in town. In a fugue-like middle section, the two characters engage in a lively chase. This well-written, very approachable musical tale is sure to enthrall your students!

alfred-45860-fMidnight Adventure by Michael Kamuf, Grade 2
This contemporary work paints a musical picture of a late-night outdoor escapade using flowing melodies soaring over rich harmonies and driving rhythmic figures. Perfect as an opening or closing selection, it also correlates to Sound Innovations Book 2, Level 2.

Pieces of Eight by Richard Meyer, Grade 2
Look no further for the perfect piece to introduce your students to 6/8 meter! This cool-sounding, minor-key jig uses only three basic 6/8 rhythms to give your students the confidence they need to navigate a too-often neglected time signature. Pieces of Eight gives every section a turn at the fun and catchy melody while the repeated patterns in the accompaniments will reinforce students’ reading of the new rhythms.

Check them out at stantons.com, and pick your favorites for upcoming concerts, festivals and adjudications!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Holidays with the Orchestra – Grade 2.5-3 16 October, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

There is a bumper crop of new holiday pieces this year, so take advantage of them and freshen up your library! There are lots of fun mash-ups, unique arrangements of Christmas favorites, and some off-the-beaten-track selections that will add pizzazz to your winter concert.

alfred-45870-fDeck the Hall of the Mountain King arr. Richard Meyer, Grade 2.5
The deft talent of Richard Meyer has conjured up this good-natured combination of the well-known Welsh carol, Deck the Halls, and Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt. The major/minor juxtaposition of the diatonic and chromatic melodies adds to the aural amusement as does the accelerando and stringendo at the end which one expects from In the Hall of the Mountain King. It’s clever but not crass. Add the optional sleigh bells and crash cymbals for the greatest effect!

My Candles (In the Window) arr. Brendan McBrien, Grade 2.5
It’s always super satisfying to find something off the beaten track for a holiday concert, and this one really fits the bill. Brendan McBrien has taken a simple, strophic Hanukkah song (My Candles a.k.a. In the Window) and written a complementary theme to separate its reiterations. Both themes are liberally shared among the orchestra sections which makes a great opportunity for your students to learn when to bring out their line and when to accompany. Optional suspended cymbal, triangle, bongos and bells will add some festive color to the performance.

alfred-45883-fSecret Agent Sugar Plum arr. Scott Watson, Grade 2.5
When you can find a way to class up a holiday concert novelty that will not only give a chuckle to your students and your audience but will also satisfy their expection of classical music from your orchestra, you’ve got it made! This clever fusion of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker with classic spy music idioms incorporating a rock groove will have the whole room heart happy! Optional drumset, cowbell, triangle and piano will help with the pop ambiance.

O Silent, Holy Night arr. Stuart Carlson, Grade 3
If you need a top notch “down” tune for your holiday concert, look no more! Here are two of the most popular slower Christmas tunes combined in a sublime, seamless medley that flows from 3/4 to 6/8 with hardly a ripple. The accompaniment parts are as interesting as the melody so everyone will enjoy this mellifluous mixture of Silent Night and O Holy Night.

wj-3035781-fJingle Bells arr. Michael Blackwood, Grade 3
You have never heard Jingle Bells arranged like this before! It’s amazingly unique, yet not so weird that it will turn people off. Your students will surely request to play it year after year! Everyone gets a shot at the melody, even the basses, in half time under a 16th note chromatic accompaniment that comes as a real aural surprise. There is a fair amount of chromaticism overall, so follow those fingerings! First violins and cellos do a call and response round at one point and the whole thing finishes with a big shout chorus. Oh, what fun it is!

Time for Christmas arr. David Bobrowitz, Grade 3
Sometimes you just want some standard carols for your holiday concert – but wouldn’t mind if they are cleverly arranged. A Time for Christmas will definitely fit the bill! Here are Good King Wenceslas, The First Noel and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen like you’ve never heard them before! Syncopations, hemiolas, staccato and spiccato bowing all contribute to this fresh, contemporary setting, with interesting, active parts for all sections so that no one will feel slighted. It’s spunky!

alfred-517868Away in a Manger arr. Jeffrey E. Turner, Grade 2.5
This is the “other” version of Away in a Manger, the beloved Christmas carol, written by William J. Kirkpatrick. Arranged by Jeffrey E. Turner, it features a string quartet within the orchestra and its haunting beauty is mesmerizing. This is sure to become one of your holiday favorites.

Catalonian Carols arr. Pierre LaPlante, Grade 3
Arranger LaPlante has taken two traditional melodies from the Catalonian (northeastern) region of Spain: Carol of the Birds and On Christmas Eve. Catalonia boasts a long and varied history of music and music making, and from this music the arranger has tapped into a deep well of inspiration to create this rich and very musical setting for strings. The piece offers a great opportunity for expressive playing, phrasing, and exercising one’s musicality without having to drill too much on technical difficulty. This fabulous setting will work well on a seasonal concert, or as a festival selection.

Need more holiday options for your orchestra? Visit our website, or contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Holidays with the Orchestra – Grade 0.5-2 14 September, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Brighten up the holiday section of your music library with these varied selections that can be worked up in plenty of time for your winter concert. There is lots of variety among these titles, from Christmas medleys, world music carols, classically composed winter music and more. Isn’t it time you chose some new literature? There’s an excellent selection of holiday pieces this year!

cfn-pas20-fChristmas Mash-Up arr. Larry Clark
Take lots of familiar Christmas tunes, mix them all together, and you have a Christmas Mash-Up. The setting is ideal for beginning players with the most difficult rhythm being a quarter note. This piece is perfect to highlight your first year orchestra at their very first holiday concert after as little as ten weeks of study.

Bells and Buccaneers arr. Deborah Baker Monday
What do you get when you combine pirate-like melodies and a student favorite holiday song? An instant hit for your beginners’ first winter concert! Lots of part doubling and unison rhythms for solid reinforcement, your students will feel confident and their parents will be bursting with pride upon hearing both Bells and Buccaneers! Plus your violins will get practice playing notes on their G string and using low “2.”

alfred-45818-fChant de Noel arr. Michael Story
The audience will know and love the tune, and may even know various names for it – “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Noël Nouvelet,” “Christmas Comes Anew” or “Chant de Noël.” But what they won’t know is that your students have learned F and C natural, violins are playing E with the fourth finger instead of open and your orchestra has learned to pass off rhythms to each other. Optional triangle and shaker will add just the right touch of French Renaissance flavor to your performance.

Christmas In a Minute and a Half arr. Douglas E. Wagner
What would December concerts be without those familiar tunes that everyone loves to hear during that time of year? Here’s a medley arranged by Douglas E. Wagner of a baker’s dozen of some of the most recognized holiday tunes in the world, set in a fun, up-tempo style that is sure to be an audience hit. Even the violas get to play the melody!

grandm-gmmor192-fLos Peces en el Rio arr. Janelle Zook Cunalata
This arrangement was written to celebrate a popular Latin American Carol, “Los Peces en el Rio”, translated as, “Fish in the River.” In a nutshell, the song is about fish in a river that swim by Mary, Joseph and the newborn child, Jesus. The fish swim back and forth in the river hoping for a glimpse of the baby. The slurred eighth notes depict the fish swimming relentlessly, the staccato notes symbolize rain droplets, as fish would hear it underwater, and the Latin American Carol, “Los Peces en el Rio” is heard over the swimming and droplets. Enjoy the enchanting, minor tonality piece for string orchestra.

Sleigh Ride by Leopold Mozart/rr. Jan Farrar-Royce
Although the structure, notes, and dynamics are written by Leopold Mozart, arranger Jan Farrar-Royce takes the liberty of distributing the main themes among the sections of the string ensemble so that every player can enjoy being the horses who are trotting along, the rising and falling winter winds, and the passengers enjoying their ride.

Need more holiday options for your orchestra? Visit our website, or contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Top Choice Classics for Young String Orchestra 05 September, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Many string students realize quickly that their instruments lend themselves extremely well to classical music and they love to play it. Here are three winners of that genre that will not only satisfy their classical cravings, but will provide teaching moments galore, plus wonderfully melodic concert and adjudication repertoire.

wj-3035751-fFinale from Overture #5 by William Boyce/arr. David Giardiniere
We’ve not seen many string orchestra arrangements of Englishman William Boyce’s works, so this one provides a fresh change from the German and Italian Baroque masters. With a harpsichord part for authenticity (substitute an electronic keyboard with a harpsichord setting or a piano at last resort) the lower strings provide the figured bass anchor while the violins soar in close harmony, fitting a school orchestra extremely well. You get to contrast a Con Spirito D major with a Larghetto D minor and work on Baroque rhythms and ornaments for a glorious concert/adjudication addition.

Gavotte from Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg/arr. Jan Farrar-Royce
Transcribed from the original piano version for string orchestra by the composer himself, this suite is a staple of string ensemble repertoire. Perfectly set for young players, this will become a classic for your library.

master-50250107-fBrandenburg Concerto #5 by J.S. Bach/arr. Lynne Latham
An absolute classic for strings, this version is in C major to avoid forward extensions for viola and cello. There is nothing out of first position except for a simple shift for cello and bass in a brief passage. A solo string quartet section gives the work a truly Baroque feel.

Find more classics for young string players on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.