Junior string orchestra suite : for string orchestra
by Matthew Hindson (2003)
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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.
Instrumentation: String orchestra, optional double bass (young players).
Duration: 11 min.
Difficulty: Easy — Junior string players.
Contents note: i. Tap it -- ii. Mechanical windchimes -- iii. Bumpin' along -- iv. Sad song -- v. Jumping jive.
First performance: by Sarah Hindson — 2006. Wollongong Conservatorium auditorium
Movements may be performed separately, or in any combination
Performances of this work
2006: Wollongong Conservatorium auditorium. Featuring Sarah Hindson.
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