Here’s some fresh holiday music that’s upbeat and cheerful, with march-like variations. Bring out the melody in all voices at all times. The sixteenth-note passages should have a natural and virtuosic sound to them.
This work was arranged for the Myers Park Repertory Orchestra. The concerto is the third from the set of opus 3 concerti titled L’estro Harmonico (“The Harmonic Inspiration”). The work, originally for solo violin and orchestra, has been adapted for 1st violins and ripieno parts distributed amongst the 2nd violins, violas, and basso continuo.
This arrangement provides great flexibility and many performance opportunities. The piece can feature all the violins or just two soloists. A third violin part is included to be used by the sections behind soloists. Typical Vivaldi, this one is sure to be a hit.
Michael Haydn, Franz Joseph Haydn’s younger brother, was also a composer. For this piece, the arranger has added direction to a score that previously lacked dynamics. The orchestra should play the eighth notes spiccato. The sixteenth notes have to be exact (middle or slightly below the middle of the bow to give the aural illusion of bounce to make it sparkle). Make sure to save some sound for the long crescendo.
A delight to hear, this piece is transposed from the original key of A major. There is a great deal of interaction among the sections. It’s easier to play triplet sixteenth-note scales if you slur them, but separate bowing is more effective and dramatic. Sudden mood shifts, like shifting to minor and sudden piano, add to the drama. The viola and bass lines have a melodic shape and follow the music’s phrasing and line for added interest.
Good, solid Mozart! Perfect for any festival or contest and it’s really fun to tell the orchestra that he wrote this when he was nine years old! This title is available in MakeMusic Cloud.
String orchestras can’t go wrong with this solid arrangement of the first movement of Haydn’s 13th Symphony. Clean editing and helpful fingerings will ease the rehearsal process. A nice addition to your repertoire!
The first movement of this G Minor symphony is superbly arranged for string orchestra, having incorporated the original wind parts into the strings. For high school orchestras that aren’t able to include winds and brass, this arrangement offers the ultimate opportunity for string players to perform a Mozart masterwork.
Now your students can play Mozart’s Symphony No. 29! This skillful arrangement maintains the integrity of Mozart’s original composition while making certain that inner parts are more accessible for high school performers. This title is available in MakeMusic Cloud.