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All Primer String Orchestra
(Grade 1/2, Orange Cover)
  • For string orchestras with as little as ten weeks of study
  • All pieces limited to the use of the first three fingers on each string
  • Limited instrumentation - Violin 2 and Viola the same part,
    Cello and Bass the same part
  • Simple rhythms of whole, half and quarter notes.
    If eighth notes are used they are on the same pitch
  • If pizzicato is used, there is rest given to give the young players
    time to retake the bow
  • Shorter pieces - length is a consideration for very young players
    for concentration and strength reasons

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Asobu (Play)
Keiko Yamada

Asobu (Play)
A simple pentatonic tune by popular composer Keiko Yamada. In Japanese asobu means "play." Your students will love to play this tuneful piece over and over again. Pure fun for the youngest of students to inspire them to keep working hard on their instruments.
Level: Grade 0.5
Duration: 2:17
Key: G Major
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PAS11 - $40.00
Full Score
PAS11F - $6.00
Extra Parts
PAS11P - $2.75
The Boll Weevil
Doris Gazda

The Boll Weevil
Esteemed string pedagogue, Doris Gazda, presents a new setting for the youngest of students of the classic folk song, The Boll Weevil. Emphasis on the use of long bow strokes will help to improve your budding virtuosos' right arms, and it's fun to play!
Level: Grade 0.5
Duration: 1:58
Key: D Major
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Complete Set
PAS10 - $40.00
Full Score
PAS10F - $6.00
Extra Parts
PAS10P - $2.75
Chopsticks Prism
Doris Gazda
Chopsticks Prism For the youngest of string players with as little as ten weeks of study, Doris Gazda has given us a delightful setting of the ever-popular classical piece Chopsticks in a theme-as-variation format. This piece uses no more than the first three fingers on all strings and features very easy rhythmic patterns. For extra color, there is a pizzicato section. Parents will love this one!
listen  PAS1.mp3 score image  744KB  
 

Level Primer String Orchestra PAS1 Set $40.00
Duration 2:33 PAS1F Full Score $6.00
Key G Major PAS1P Parts $2.75 contact us
Chronicles
Larry Clark
Chronicles Chronicles is a bold fanfare piece from popular composer Larry Clark. Its majestic, strong style will make even the youngest of string players sound great. Simple three-part writing and contemporary harmonies make this piece a winner, and every section of the orchestra gets a chance to play some of the important melodic material.
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Level Primer String Orchestra PAS3 Set $40.00
Duration 3:17 PAS3F Full Score $6.00
Key D Major PAS3P Parts $2.75 contact us
Colossus
Larry Clark
Colossus A fanfare-like piece that makes even the youngest of players sound far more advanced than they are. The technical demands are very limited, but the music is bold and exciting for the players and audience alike. Another winner from Larry Clark!
listen  PAS7.mp3 score image  849KB  
 

Level Primer String Orchestra PAS7 Set $40.00
Duration 1:56 PAS7F Full Score $6.00
Key G Major PAS7P Parts $2.75 contact us
Koneko (Kitten)
Keiko Yamada
Koneko Keiko Yamada uses her experience in writing for young string students to present them with a joyful new piece that depicts the excitement and frivolity of the playful Koneko; “kitten” in Japanese! The rhythms and note selections are simple, but this piece will be fun for your students, as well as the parents in the audience!
listen  PAS4.mp3 score image  744KB  
 

Level Primer String Orchestra PAS4 Set $40.00
Duration 2:53 PAS4F Full Score $6.00
Key D Major PAS4P Parts $2.75 contact us
Lackawanna Locomotive
Doris Gazda
Lackawanna Locomotive Well-known string pedagogue and composer Doris Gazda has written a stunningly simple piece that sounds much more difficult than it actually is. Lackawanna Locomotive describes a train line chugging through upper Pennsylvania, opening with the sounds of the locomotive train whistle. Simple rhythms, as well as careful note selections, will make this piece a success for very young players.
listen  PAS2.mp3 score image  744KB  
 

Level Primer String Orchestra PAS2 Set $40.00
Duration 1:56 PAS2F Full Score $6.00
Key D Major PAS2P Parts $2.75 contact us
Mythos
Sean O'Loughlin
Mythos Harkening back to the past, this modal-sounding piece from Sean O'Loughlin will make your students feel like they are playing some serious music! Indeed, the piece is serious in nature; it just happens to be written very appropriately for the youngest of students with limited rhythms and notes. Its mysterious minor tone is well-scored to make your group sound marvelous, as well as make them want to play it over and over.
listen  PAS5.mp3 score image  744KB  
 

Level Primer String Orchestra PAS5 Set $40.00
Duration 2:14 PAS5F Full Score $6.00
Key E minor PAS5P Parts $2.75 contact us
Omicron
Sean O'Loughlin
Omicron Omicron is an exciting composition for the developing string orchestra that starts with a three-note idea and steadily builds as the piece progresses. Carefully placed accents make the simple theme float across the bar lines throughout the piece. Sean O'Loughlin has a knack for writing great music for the very youngest of students.
listen  PAS8.mp3 score image  704KB  
 

Level Primer String Orchestra PAS8 Set $40.00
Duration   PAS8F Full Score $6.00
Key E minor PAS8P Parts $2.75 contact us
Rigadoon
Henry Purcell, arranged by Doris Gazda
Rigadoon String pedagogue Doris Gazda has arranged a classic Henry Purcell piece for the youngest of students. Your orchestra will be able to achieve a full sound with the work’s limited technical demands. Rigadoon is a wonderful introduction to Baroque music for beginning students.
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Level Primer String Orchestra PAS6 Set $40.00
Duration 2:33 PAS6F Full Score $6.00
Key G Major PAS6P Parts $2.75 contact us
Supernova
Larry Clark

Supernova
A bold fanfare composition for the youngest of students. Larry Clark has a knack for writing music that sounds more sophisticated than it is technically to play. There are no faster rythyms than quarter notes in Supernova, but it will make your beginners sound great!
Level: Grade 0.5
Duration: 2:13
Key: D Major
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Complete Set
PAS9 - $40.00
Full Score
PAS9F - $6.00
Extra Parts
PAS9P - $2.75
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Primer (Gr. ½) Beginning (Gr. 1) First Plus (Gr. 1.5) Young (Gr. 2 - 2.5) Concert (Gr. 3 and up)
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