Thursday, 10 May 2018

Anglais from Skåne - Swedish folk dance for children's string orchestra

A fun little piece for the youngest string students! This lively Swedish folk dance is a great addition to the repertoire of any children's string orchestra. The rhythmic patterns are easy to learn and fun to play for everyone. The second violin and double bass parts are written with beginners in mind, and the double bass part may be played on the cello, too.

Celebrate Midsummer the Swedish way this year! :D

Parts available here - including viola part (second violin part in alto clef).

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Banks Of Allan - Scottish Jig

Jigs and reels and other lively folk dance tunes are always popular in my youth orchestra. This one is a jig from Scotland, and a lot of fun to play! I have tried to give all of the parts some interesting challenges. The piano part is optional.

You can download the parts on Sheet Music Plus - in which case you'll get an Irish jig into the bargain :)

Monday, 16 April 2018

Copyrighted arrangement: Another Day In Paradise by Phil Collins

Another of my arrangements is now available at Sheet Music Plus: Phil Collins' lovely 1989 pop ballad "Another Day In Paradise". The song deals with poverty and homelessness, and how we treat our fellow humans. It's a sweet melody that works beautifully as an instrumental piece.

Buy it here: Another Day In Paradise for String Quartet
Available for string quartet, string quintet with piano, viola and piano, cello and piano.

Screenshot from Sheet Music Plus

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Strawberry Song for Junior Strings

This is a nostalgic little melody from my composition for children's string orchestra: A Very Berry Suite. It's a flexible piece in that both the viola and double bass parts are optional - the piece will work well with as small an ensemble as two violins and a cello. That being said, it will obviously sound better with violas and double basses!

Don't ask me why the strawberries are so sad... Maybe they just like melancholy tunes? It can't be because the song is too difficult, because this piece is pretty easy for anyone to play :)

Complete parts for Strawberry Song and the rest of A Very berry Suite are available at Sheet Music Plus: A Very berry Suite for Junior Strings

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Copyrighted arrangement: Firework

All the music I have published on this blog are either my arrangements of music in the public domain, or my own compositions. The reason being, of course, copyright.

But I recently discovered a way to publish my arrangements of copyrighted music, too: through SMP Press, the digital publishing program at Sheet Music Plus. They deal with the copyright holders, so that arrangers may publish copyrighted songs completely legally!

The first song I have published in this way is Firework by Katy Perry. It's not free, obviously (Katy  and the other people who created the original song need to be paid, of course) but the price is not too bad!   Check it out here: Firework by Katy Perry

(Screenshot from Sheet Music Plus)

This arrangement is for string quartet, but it will work well for string orchestra, too. The difficulty level is fairly easy, and all the parts get to have their time in the spotlight. You'll be surprised at how well this pop hit sounds on string instruments! 😊

Monday, 13 November 2017

Wedding March from Seljord

This traditional fiddle tune is still very much in use as a wedding march in Norway. But it works great as a festive concert piece as well!

Separate parts are available at Sheet Music Plus.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Air by Purcell

Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695) is often considered the creator of the English style of baroque music. I arranged his sweet Air in B minor for our junior orchestra.

Some of the parts are a bit technically demanding, and may work better for older students, although the Violin 2 / Viola and Cello 2 parts are quite easy to play. This would make a nice piece for an orchestra with players of varying ages and abilities.

Complete parts are available in this collection of baroque pieces at Sheet Music Plus: A Baroque Journey for String Orchestra.