Arena of the Gladiators is fiercely reminiscent of its title, evoking gladiators fighting for their lives in huge, crowd-filled coliseums. Popular composer Joseph Compello draws on his classroom experience to write a piece that will not only be loved by students, but that is also within their technical limitations.
A result of composer Andrew Balent's frequent trips to Brazil, he has graced us with a delightful setting of these three tuneful folk songs: "O Pastorzinho," "Na Corda da Viola," and "Ciranda, Cirandinha."
The classic Christmas carol is given a delightful new treatment from composer Sean O'Loughlin. Everything you need in a holiday concert selection, plus the opportunity to teach a lot of music in the process. In this arrangement, the composer brings a non-traditional, updated feel to a traditional holiday carol.
Here’s another classic Larry Clark work for string orchestra, containing all of the musical traits that have made his music so popular, such as strong melodic content and a fresh harmonic perspective. This would be a strong choice for festival performance to make a developing string group sound its best.
This piece is written in a truly American style reminiscent of composers like Copland and Bernstein, with its wide-open sound and flowing lines. A Country Memory will remind you of Sunday drives in the country on a beautiful warm day. String teachers have come to expect great pieces from composer Alan Silva and this one won’t disappoint!
Introduce your group to a laid-back rock style in an easy to play, but oh-so-fun piece by Matt Turner. This piece is a great example of the rock and jazz teaching clinics that Turner teaches around the country. He even offers a suggested solo to get you started.
An intriguing piece with well-placed dissonance, Kevin Mixon’s Dark Vision truly sets a dark mood to build the tension. This work also incorporates the element of aleatoric, or “chance” music, making this work interesting and unpredictable for students and audiences alike.
Dominion is a composition for the developing string orchestra that captures emotions during the time of war. The term dominion is often used in history to describe British rule and in science fiction, it is used to describe certain ruling factions in space. Either way, a call to action is necessary to preserve the dominion's rule. Sean O’Loughlin taps into the student's love for forceful, cinematic-type music with this exceptional piece.
Virginia Croft does it again! This time, she has taken a popular American Spiritual and arranged is it to be playable for younger students, yet extremely fun. Additional hand-clapping brings out the song's authenticity.
Written to sound like background music for a fairytale cartoon, Larry Clark delivers again with a tuneful musical narrative that students will love. Fable has an energetic and upbeat main theme, followed by a beautiful and cinematic slower theme. This would be a perfect piece with which to showcase your orchestra at a contest or festival performance.
Written to depict the sound of Chinese gongs, this eastern-influenced piece by renowned composer Doris Gazda may be her best work to date. Gongs features unique harmonic colors and interesting textures that are exciting for players and audiences alike.
Larry Clark returns to the popular style and sound of an earlier favorite, Crystal Moon, and gives us Harvest Moon, written for an easier level. This piece has the trademarks that Larry has become known for: great melodies, fresh harmonies, interesting rhythms and an abundance of musical flavor. The delightful spiccato style of writing will help you to teach this important bowing technique to your students. Another exceptional work from Larry Clark!
Hiyoko means "chicks" in Japanese, and this piece lives right up to its name, depicting the light, frolicking sound of baby chickens dancing around the farm yard and pecking at all sorts of things. Your students won't be able to keep from smiling while playing it!
Up-and-coming composer George Sweet is a string educator with years of experience working with developing students. He presents us with a lush and lyrical composition that seemingly flows off the page and into the hearts of students and audiences alike. Sweet’s understanding of young students’ technical limitations, along with his fresh compositional perspective, make him a unique new voice in the field. We know you are going to love this one!
As the title implies, this pieces is driving and aggressive. Sean manages to provide students with music they enjoy playing, and yet leave the teacher with enough opportunities to instruct within the music's framework.
In ¾ time, Ironclad already has a different feel than most pieces at the beginner level. Aggressive and propelled by its intense rhythmic feel, this is signature Sean O’Loughlin at its finest. Ironclad is especially impressive when used in contest and festival settings.
Keiko Yamada gives us a taste of what some of the more traditional Christmas carols would sound like if they were infused with touches of the folk music from Japan. The Japanese flair added to “The Holly and the Ivy” along with “Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella” is simply beautiful. This will be a pleasant surprise for your holiday concert.
Composer Sean O'Loughlin has already produced a great deal of exceptional pieces for developing students that will leave a legacy to educators for years to come. Appropriately, Legacy perfectly exemplifies his composing style: forceful, bold, and highly melodic with dramatic musical punches. Sean has such a marvelous way of making these pieces for younger students sound like music written for a more mature group.
Students will enjoy this energetic, intriguing piece in which each instrument has an active part and gets a turn at melodic themes. Composer David Hinds is new to the Carl Fischer catalog, but he has already proven himself as a composer that can write music fitting the needs of developing students while retaining sophistication and musical worth. We are proud to have David on the Carl Fischer team.
Bill Calhoun’s popularity as a composer is growing quickly; and no wonder, given his knack for writing exciting, elegant and well-scored works for young performance groups. Night Flight’s fearless melody takes the players and audience on a musical journey of flight into the night sky. A perfect selection to showcase your developing string orchestra at a contest or festival performance.
Sean O’Loughlin’s Overlords is an intense piece for developing groups, running the full gamut of tone color, with each section getting a chance to play the most important melodic material. Aggressive and fun to play, Overlords sounds much more difficult than it is!
Un petit soirée is music that is intended to accompany a picnic or a small party. It could also be used to provide music for any type of ceremonial function as well. Light and dance-like with a singable melody, this piece offers many opportunities to play the same musical material in contrasting styles. Up-and-coming composer George Sweet draws on his experience as a string educator to provide us with an exceptionally musical new piece for the developing string ensemble.
Using imagery and a musical language synonymous with the pioneering spirit the American 19th century, composer Alan Lee Silva has created another winning composition for developing string orchestras. His open, lush harmonies, singable melodies and lyrical sensibility make his compositions some of the most popular in world for school string ensembles. This piece may be one of his best!
This piece takes off right from the start. It contains some very pleasant contemporary sounds not usually found in pieces of this difficulty level, and students will be eager to play it again and again, thanks to composer George Sweet’s string education expertise. George is fast becoming one of the most popular composers of music for school string orchestras around the country.
Take a musical journey down an old country road with Road to the Rock Hole, a breath of fresh air from up-and-coming composer George Sweet. The Americana feel of this piece is at once comforting and inspiring, featuring lush, open harmonies and soaring melodies.
Your students will have a great time with Shuffleupagus, a fun blues shuffle meant to be played in a loose swing style. A solo section gives students an opportunity to break free and improvise. Performers can swing hard on this piece!
With legato melodic lines, driving marcato phrases, and quiet pizzicato figures, Silhouettes employs a wide range of musical techniques for young players to grasp. Composer Alan Silva makes it all come together in an effortless-sounding piece for developing string groups.
String Fever is a jazz-influenced novelty piece from composer Andrew Balent, full of cool riffs that students will enjoy playing. It’s perfect for a change of pace during a concert with more serious repertoire. With this piece, you can let ‘em have some fun too!
Imagine the ominous sound of an oncoming storm rumbling through a prehistoric forest, punctuated by the lumbering footsteps of the T-Rex, shaking the ground as it advances on its prey. T-Rex allows your orchestra to paint this dramatic picture, thrilling the audience with its bold depiction of an ancient, mighty beast!
Respected veteran composer and educator Doris Gazda is an expert in making your young orchestra sound fantastic and accomplished, and this lovely arrangement of the melodies from “Good King Wenceslas” and “Deck the Halls” will do just that. Your students will be sure to revel in the celebration of the Christmas season along with the audience.
Gorgeous contemporary harmonic colors combined with beautiful lyric melodies, this Alan Lee Silva piece is one of a kind. It is perfect for contest or concert performance and makes for an impressive show of skill.
The Trapeze Waltz is a simple yet charming waltz that gives you the feeling of swinging on a trapeze at the circus. Joseph Compello always finds a way to write interesting music while keeping the technical demands to a minimum, as his background as a classroom music teacher makes him sensitive to the needs of young musicians. This piece will make your group sound its best.
Two American Scenes is a composition in two contrasting movements, adding the variety of two styles to your concert program within one piece! The first movement, "Stars on the Prairie," is a simple lullaby, and the second, "Fiddler's Frolic," is a lively barn dance. Young string players can get acquainted with traditional American music styles right away!
All of the elements that you have come to know and love about the music of Alan Lee Silva are present in this beautiful new composition. Starting with the pastoral opening phrase, Western Dawn paints a portrait of Americana in AABCA form, underscoring the comings and goings of a small western town as the sun fills the morning sky. This piece is full of opportunities to improve the musicianship of your group, including double stops and multiple tempo changes.