STRING ENSEMBLE CATALOG
Professional and appealing scores for string ensembles of all levels and abilities.
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- wide variety of graded pieces
- easy to learn
- fun and exiting to play
- effective to perform on stage
- excellent choice for school string orchestras
All scores in this section are perfect for new groups just starting out where there is a need to focus on the basics. The simplicity of the music in no way compromises the quality of the composition. These scores sound very professional and impressive on stage.Beginner scores are also idea for groups who are starting to play well together and need pieces that will inspire them whilst presenting manageable challenges.
All scores are in first position.
Basic key signatures are used - in some scores accidentals are indicated throughout.
Simple rhythmic patterns ensure performers can concentrate on technique and tone
All scores in the beginner series are tailor-made for easy string crosses, simple bowing
1st violins playing the melody and other parts accompanying in interesting ways.
The bass and cello lines are very similar.
If no double bass is available, the piece will still work or alternatively, the double bass part can be given to a less experienced cellist.
String orchestras in this category are often developing a good sound and have some capable players able to lead sections confidently. The music in this category works well in concert settings and sounds very impressive.
The melodic content is often shared.
Key signatures are used and scores are in basic major and minor keys.
Bowings are more challenging but not difficult
Rhythms are becoming more complex than before and
Dynamics are more detailed in all parts.
The cello has more challenging lines whilst the bass remains easy. This bass part can be used for less confident cellists if necessary.
All players remain in first position although in some works the 1st violins have the option of moving briefly [and easily] to 3rd position with the section marked divsi allowing less confident players to remain in 1st position.
The scores in this section are very satisfying to teach and exciting to play. The standard of technique requires all players to be confident with bowing and comfortable with occasional accidentals on the score. The music is often dramatic and allows the ensemble to develop strongly as a whole through effective use of dynamics and articulations.
The majority of these scores are still in first position.
1st violins are required to be confident in 3rd position and comfortable in moving around the instrument.
String bass parts are not as challenging as other sections. These pieces can be played very effectively as quartets with optional string bass added for quintets.