Junior String Orchestra Suite

(2003)

by Matthew Hindson

Description
junior string orchestra
Duration
11
Genres
String Orchestra
Instrumentation
Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3, Cello
First Performance
2006, Wollongong Conservatorium auditorium, Australia: Wollongong Conservatorium Junior String Orchestra/Sarah Hindson
Availability
Score and parts on sale 0-571-56869-6 (fp)
Programme Notes
This set of short pieces was composed specifically to cater for the technical abillities of junior string players. They encourage the player to maintain a strong sense of beat as well as de­manding other ensemble skills. “Tap It!” is based on a recurring melodic motive and involves the students tapping their instru­ments amongst a series of catchy tunes. “Mechanical Windchimes” is inspired by the timbre of windchimes and uses aspects of Asian modes. “Bumpin’ Along” contrasts with the previous movement in its happy-go-lucky rhythmic energy and drive. “Sad Song” is characterised by smooth legato playing in the upper violins contrasting with pizzicato figures in the lower instru­ments. The punchy energy of “Jumping Jive” encourages the students to produce small, fast bows strokes, helping to create a clarity of timbre and ensemble.

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