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.




Thursday, 8 October 2015

Sonatina by Händel

More junior orchestra music from the baroque era! Georg Friedrich Händel probably needs no further intoduction. This is a flexible arrangement, in that it may be played with just the Violin 1 and the Cello 1 parts, who play in a sort of call-and-response pattern. The Violin 2 and Cello 2 parts are technically simpler, and the double bass part is basically the same as Cello 1.
Enjoy! :)



Thursday, 1 October 2015

Allegretto by Neefe

A wistful piece by the German 18th century composer Christian Gottlob Neefe, arranged for children's string orchestra. Neefe is probably best known as young Beethoven's first composition teacher, but he was a composer in his own right, as this sweet little piece shows.


Red.: I accidentally posted an unfinished version of the score - sorry about that! This is the right one. Post a comment if you would like to have the parts!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Komm, Lieber Mai - Mozart's May Song

It's May, and time for some spring music! This is a simple and flexible arrangement of Mozart's famous song.

You can use just the melody part (Violin 1 / Viola 1 / Cello 1) together with the slightly easier harmony part (Violin 2 / Viola 2 / Cello 2).  It may also be used as a duet for violin (or viola, or cello) and piano. The piano part is written for a young player of the same age as the rest of the orchestra.

Enjoy! :)


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

"Reinlender" - traditional dance from Northern Norway

This traditional fiddle tune is from the area where I live, quite close to where the Arctic Circle crosses Norway. It's a popular dance as played by the local fiddler Mikal Rabliås, which I have arranged for a combined junior/youth orchestra with a very easy open string part. That way everyone can join in!

The Violin 1 and Cello 1 parts provide some challenges to the youth players, whereas the violin 3 (Viola) and Cello 2 parts avoid any streching, and so are suitable for less experienced players. The open string part is written in treble clef with violin in mind, but is equally playable on the viola or cello.

Hope you enjoy this festive tune! :)

Friday, 8 March 2013

Grieg: Kom, bukken til gutten (Early Summer Song)

Edvard Grieg wrote several songs to poems by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. "Kom, bukken til gutten" is one of the most popular ones, here in a version for youth string orchestra. The harmonies and chromatic lines give this unpretentious little tune an unmistakeably Griegian sophistication!

Note that the Viola and Cello 1 parts in this arrangement are interchangeable.



Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The Tenants' Polka (Husmannspolka)

The Tenants' Polka is yet another lively Scandinavian traditional dance tune!

The Violin 2 and Cello 2 parts in this arrangement should be fairly easy to play. The Cello 1 section, on the other hand, needs to be comfortable with playing in second/third/fourth position. A nice challenge for the oldest cellists in the Junior string orchestra!