Performance Works for Young Strings
Joanne Erwin, Kathleen Horvath, Robert McCashin & Brenda Mitchell
Spanning grades 1 through 2+, this collection of 30 arrangements and original works is sequenced from simple pieces for young string players up through more complex works for intermediate students.These early arrangements are uniquely scored, yet musically interesting for players and audience alike. The collection covers a variety of musical styles, from delightful arrangements of time-tested works, to more popular musical styles, including folk and rock. The melodic lines are passed through Violin II, Cello, and Bass parts in addition to Violin I. A Violin III book that parallels the Viola part is also available. Each work in the collection has a short introductory paragraph providing relevant information about the music, the composer, the origin of the work, and/or the style. A few arrangements utilize modern percussive techniques such as knocking on the instruments and foot stomping, for added interest and rhythmic drive.