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String Orchestra

Music for String Orchestra - Michael J Stocks

Dynamic Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the 'Music for String Orchestra' series. This series features string orchestra pieces suitable for a wide range of levels. The works are both exciting and stimulating for players and audiences alike. Four new titles will be released every six months.

See the full list of works below. Each piece has a .pdf score sample and an audio demo available.

What people are saying

"Audiences really appreciate the variety of musical styles" - Jon Day, Director of Jay Day Music Education

"Michael J Stocks' unique style of writing will make even the most junior ensemble sound impressive!" - Paul Mannion - Head of Music, St Patrick's College

"Teachers will appreciate the ease at which their orchestras can learn the music" - Matthews Tyson, Director of St Cecilia School of Music

"The pieces are fun to play!" - Grace Brewer, 11, violin student

"The children love to play Michael's arrangements. I can tell by their energy." - Erica Collis-Oates, 'Sonore Strings' Orchsetral Director

"They're not old fashioned!" - William Rainbird, 15, Violin Student

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  1. Jar of Hearts (level 3-4)

    Jar of Hearts (level 3-4)

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    Jar of Hearts (G major) - level 3 - 4

    ‘Jar of Hearts’ is the debut single by American singer-songwriter Christina Perri. The song has sold over 3 million digital copies in the US alone. This arrangement begins with the ‘cello section carrying the melody, and gradually builds to a full, expressive ending.

    Sure to be VERY popular with teenage string players!

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  2. Misty (level 3-4)

    Misty (level 3-4)

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    Misty (D major) - level 3 - 4

    ‘Misty’, by American jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner has become a jazz standard. With a ‘laid-back’ lyrical quality, this piece is well-suited to the sonorous tones of a string orchestra.  

    A great piece to provide a gentle interlude to your concert. 

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  3. Toccata for Strings (level 4-5) - Includes backing CD

    Toccata for Strings (level 4-5) - Includes backing CD

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    Bach’s Toccata (D minor) - level 4 - 5: Includes Backing CD

     

    Based on virtuoso electric violinist Martin Lass’ spectacular version of J S Bach’s Toccata, this arrangement is well suited as either an exciting finale, or opening to your concert.  Full of energy, vitality and fast, flying bows!

    A backing CD is included to add the 80’s rock element. The CD is recorded at four different performance speeds, and can be used either with or without the one minute pipe organ introduction that helps to create the desired atmosphere of one of Bach’s most famous works.

    As an alternative to using the backing CD, drum-kit, guitar and bass guitar charts are also included with the 'Toccata for Strings' pack.

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  4. Vivaldi Concerto in G Major - 1st Mvt. (level 5)

    Vivaldi Concerto in G Major - 1st Mvt. (level 5)

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    Vivaldi Concerto in G Major  1st Movement (level 5)

     

    A work for the more advanced ensemble.  A bold opening that will grab the audiences attention immediately, is then followed by a busy arrangement that gives each section of the orchestra the opportunity to shine.

    This piece can be used as an introduction to Baroque style playing for an upper-intermediate level orchestra, or when played more on the presto side, an exciting and energetic piece for the more advanced ensemble.

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  5. Striking Gold & Le Festival (level 1-1.5)

    Striking Gold & Le Festival (level 1-1.5)

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    Striking Gold & Le Festival (2 score set) - Includes backing CD - level 1-1.5

    Striking Gold (D Major):  The piece opens with a bold theme and strong bass line, before breaking into a joyous 2nd theme which is brightened by the bongo drum percussion featured on the accompanying backing CD.

    Le Festival (D Major):  A majestic piece in 3/4 time.  ‘Le Festival’ will be enjoyed by audience and ensemble members alike.

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  6. Gypsy Duel (level 2-3)

    Gypsy Duel (level 2-3)

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    Gypsy Duel (D minor) - level 2 - 3

    A work for the more advanced ensemble.  A rhythmical opening that features both left and right pizzicato, as well as harmonics.  The 2nd more sonorous theme is introduced by the Cello and Viola sections.  The 3rd theme builds in speed and excitement, and is an opportunity for the 1st and 2nd Violin sections to shine.  This piece is challenging, however when played well it is sure to be a show-stopper!

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  7. La Bamba (level 2-3)

    La Bamba (level 2-3)

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    La Bamba (D Major) - level 2 - 3

    This famous Mexican Folk Tune is adapted for string orchestra in a way that is bound to have the audience tapping their toes.  A fun arrangement, which becomes quite busy towards the end.  The famous bass line carried by the Double Bass and Cello sections combined with the happy melody which is shared between the Violins and Violas.

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  8. Fantasia (level 5)

    Fantasia (level 5)

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    Fantasia (D minor) - level 5

    A work for the more advanced ensemble.  A rhythmical opening that features both left and right pizzicato, as well as harmonics.  The 2nd more sonorous theme is introduced by the Cello and Viola sections.  The 3rd theme builds in speed and excitement, and is an opportunity for the 1st and 2nd Violin sections to shine.  This piece is challenging, however when played well it is sure to be a show-stopper!

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    Off to Battle & Dragon's Lair (level 1)

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    Off to Battle & Dragon’s Lair (2 score set) - Grade 1

    Off to Battle (E minor):  An exciting work with a March-like feel.  Featuring differing semiquaver patterns you can easily imagine the soldier’s marching over the battle fields!

    Dragon’s Lair (D minor):  Children will love this piece. Great for developing the use of low 2nd finger in your ensemble.  A dramatic opening section is followed by ‘question and answer’ style melody sharing.  The third section is in the style of a March, featuring staccato and legato bowing as well as simple use of triplets.  A fast final section leads to a dramatic climax.

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    Ragtime Race & Trading Tunes (level 1-1.5)

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    Ragtime Race & Trading Tunes (2 score set) - level 1-1.5

    Ragtime Race (D Major):  A bright, playful piece.  Simple ragtime syncopation is a feature of this work, and both right and left pizzicato is used by all instruments at some stage.  The melody is shared around the ensemble.  

    Trading Tunes (D Major):  As the name suggests, the melody is passed between sections of the ensemble (or ‘traded’).  Violin 1 and 2 enjoy a question and answer type melody throughout, and towards the end the Viola/Violin 3 and Cello sections also trades tunes.  A fun work for all the ensemble!

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