‘If Only’ and ‘Wake Up’ are new pieces written for string ensembles. They have been arranged for full string groups including a viola and double bass part but also adapted so a violin III can be used or with the omission of a double bass to accommodate for different combinations. To hear a sample of the pieces and view a sample of the scores please click on the Zip File.
Piece 1: ‘If Only’ The music has been inspired by Baroque Period features ; luscious harmonic and melodic lines written over a Ground Bass; a Concerto Grosso type set up with a main string section and 2 soloists; use of suspensions adding emotional intensity into the music.
Piece 2: ‘Wake Up’ a fun piece of music that is fast and exciting. The main feature of this piece is pizzicato playing, imitative conversations between the instruments and the change of mood in the second section (G major to a modal scale based in E).
‘Pledge’ and ‘Tangoed’ are new pieces written for string ensembles. They have been arranged for full string groups including a viola and double bass part but also adapted so a violin III can be used or with the omission of a double bass to accommodate for different combinations. To hear sample of pieces please click on the Zip File.
Piece 1: ‘Pledge’ has been written for string orchestra as well as adapted for string quartet and quintet. it is a piece full of rich harmonic progressions and luscious melodies.
Piece 2: ‘Tangoed’ a fun tango based piece enriched with dissonant chords within a familiar chord progression. It is in two sections which are both developed with variations.
'An exciting and different sounding piece'Amanda
'The classes have helped to take an idea and turn it into a fully formed song'Parent
'The pieces you write are really enjoyable to play and work really well'Trev
'Blow Away The Blues' has a great swing feel and catchy melody. A great way to introduce part singing and 12 bar blues classroom work, ideal for my Year 5sAmanda
I thought JT Blues was a really catchy tune, not difficult to sight read and were very enjoyable to play for the first time. We will practice this and include playing it in our future gigsLynda
'The song writing workshop was a really useful way to learn about techniques used in music'Parent
'I enjoyed playing the new pieces and thought they would be a good inclusion in our March dance gig'Tony W
'Makes You Happy' would be lovely for younger children using one part or moreAmanda
Really good tune .... we really enjoy playing something that's differentDave
'My son has really enjoyed attending the song writing workshop and now feels much more confident when he plays in his own rock band'Parent
‘An explosion of Afro beats and catchy melodies, Jerry Moore’s ‘Africa’ keeps toes tapping and provides a refreshing contrast to our big band set’.Amanda
'New Day' would make an effective end of term song, particularly for Year 6 with its positive messageAmanda