‘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.
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‘I thought JT Blues was a really catchy tune, not difficult to sight-read and was very enjoyable to play for the first time. We will practice this and include playing it in our future gigs.’
‘Wake Up’ is just wonderful. You must get it published ….. very reminiscent of Britten’s Playful Pizzicato from his Simple Symphony’
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‘The chorus melody for ‘Makes Me Feel Alive’ (song for various choirs) is so catchy, it’s been circling around in my head all day’
‘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 5s’.
‘It’s lovely (‘I Believe’, violin duet). I particularly like the way you’ve shared the melody between both violin parts. The 2nd violin gets really fed up if they don’t get to play the tune sometimes’
‘Rain is such a beautiful song (song arranged for various choirs). I love the melody and lyrics, and the way you build up the lines towards the end is delightful’
(‘New Day’, song arranged for various choirs) ‘It’s so uplifting…. that’s definitely another super song to suggest to the MD of our choir.’
‘Makes You Happy (primary song) would be lovely for youngster children using one part or more’.
‘New Day (primary song) would make an effective end of term song, particularly for Year 6 with its positive message’.
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