13 Halloween Titles for Your Fall Orchestra Concert

Haunted houses! Vampires! Pirates! It’s always fun to include a Halloween piece (or two!) at your October concerts and Tempo Press has you covered for scary and spooky orchestra music.  There are original pieces by Mark Barnard, Jason Krug, Thom Sharp, and more. Plus, arrangements from Sandra Dackow, Robert McCashin, and Robert Longfield.  So whether […]

Happy Birthday, Percy Grainger!

Percy Aldridge Grainger was born in Brighton, Australia, on July 8, 1882. He was a composer, arranger, and pianist who, in the early 20th century, played a prominent role in the revival of British folk music. He was a champion of the saxophone and early-electronic instruments, even inventing “free music machines” later in life that […]

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 […]

Festival Favorites: Barcarolle

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 […]

Festival Favorites: March of the Meistersingers

This is an easy arrangement, which, through close scoring, makes the young string orchestra sound especially full. It is a grade 2 on the UIL PML, class D on the Florida MPA list, and NYSSMA Manual level 2.