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 your harpist. The harp parts is integral to the piece, but can be played on a keyboard instrument if necessary.

It is a grade 3 on the UIL PML.

About Barcarolle

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This grade 3 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. The cello section is divided into Cello I and Cello II, both parts involving work with extensions. A Violin III part (viola treble clef) has been included. The Harp part is integral to this work and, if a harp is unavailable, can be played on a keyboard instrument. This is an excellent piece for using full, legato bow strokes – smooth as glass. The parts have been carefully fingered and bowed for best musical effect.

About Sandra Dackow

Sandra Dackow holds three degrees from the Eastman School of Music and currently serves as Music Director of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. An Aspen Conducting fellow, she was awarded the Silver medal in the 2001 Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium Conducting Competition in Ukraine. Dr. Dackow has published over 90 works for student orchestras. She has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the US and abroad. Sandra Dackow was President of the Conductor’ Guild, an international organization serving conductors in 32 countries. She has been a member of the conducting faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp and, as well as director of the Slippery Rock University and Brandeis University Orchestras. Dr. Dackow teaches at William Paterson University and has been involved in graduate string and orchestra education at a variety of institutions. She has named a Lowell Mason Fellow by MENC: The National Association for Music Education.


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