New Music Friday: Renegade Showdown

In Renegade Showdown, the violins battle the low strings in an epic clash. Hear the twists and turns each side takes as they vie for the win. This piece was composed to teach students to understand regular vs. low first finger. Bass students will benefit from identifying sections that will work well in half position.

New Music Friday: Aurora’s March

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s three masterpiece ballet scores, including Sleeping Beauty, are known for their timeless music. Only three years before the composer’s death, the ballet was first performed in 1890. The storyline for the Sleeping Beauty ballet was inspired by the Brothers Grimm adaptation of the folk tale first published in 1330. This arrangement for string orchestra captures the enduring melodies and great depth of Tchaikovsky’s geniu. Because much of Tchaikovsky’s style is not written with articulations, students will need assistance with the bow stroke in order to perform this incredible piece. This march, which follows the overture in the ballet, was renamed Aurora’s March for this arrangement.

New Music Friday: Sneak Peek of New 2022 Titles

We have something special for you this week: a preview of our upcoming 2022 titles! All these titles will be available this summer, and we will have more information on each coming soon. Aurora’s March: Prologue from Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Act I Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s three masterpiece ballet scores, including Sleeping Beauty, are known for […]

Irish Music from Tempo Press

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The fiddle is an important element in Irish music, because of this fact Irish and Celtic music lend themselves particular well to being arranged for string orchestra. From airs to reels, Tempo Press has a variety of Irish music for your school orchestra. Your students will love the change of pace […]

Festival Favorite: Kyrie eleison

Kryie eleison is a Modern setting of a Gregorian chant. Frequently changing measure lengths are calculated to simulate the rhythmic freedom of the chant. It is a grade 3 string orchestra title on the UIL PML.  The Kyrie eleison, a part of the Catholic mass liturgy and that of other churches, has been set to […]

Festival Favorites: Beneath the Autumn Sky

Reminiscent of a crisp, cool autumn day, when the leaves have turned, a handful already fluttering to the ground; the sky a paler blue than usual. There is plenty of independence between the sections in this composition, and you have abundant opportunities for personalizing the phrasing and expression to your taste. Beneath the Autumn Sky […]

Festival Favorites: Sinfonia in D Major

A vigorous and robust style should prevail through the Sinfonia, with even the contrasting lyrical sections steady and energetic. Care should be taken to realize the wonderful long crescendo, a novel and very exciting device for compositions of this period. All separate quarter notes should be plated at the frog and off the string. The […]

Festival Favorites: Dance of the Blessed Spirits

This baroque favorite has been expertly arranged by Robert Longfield. A musical gem for young string orchestras! Christoph W. von Gluck (1714-1787) is an eighteenth-century composer known for his operas. Well-traveled, he lived and composed in London, Vienna, and Paris. Mozart and Berlioz are among the composers who were influenced by his work. It is […]