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Continuum is an ideal teaching and concert selection for elementary-level students. All sections get their turn in the spotlight as the simple yet catchy melodies are passed around the orchestra.
Listen to Continuum

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Handel Trilogy encorporates the well-loved themes from the composer's Concerto for Harp into a three-movement suite for string orchestra. This grade level 2 piece would make an ideal selection for concert or contest use.
Listen to the 1st Movement of Handel Trilogy

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Procession of the Nobles is an arrangement of one of Rimsky-Korsakov's most recognized pieces. Bold and powerful, yet with only moderate technical demands, it is sure to be a hit on your next concert. Listen to Procession of the Nobles

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Reflections on an Original Theme is a lyrical grade 2 1/2 selection that contains folk-like melodies that immediately appeal to students and audiences alike. This piece is similar in style to the composer's Fantasia on an Original Theme, which has been chosen as one of the standard works for school orchestras in the book Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, Vol. 1. Listen to Reflections on an Original Theme

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Serenade for Strings, Mvt. 1 Tchaikovsky demonstrated his great skill in bringing out the singing quality of the string instruments in his Serenade. Now young students can enjoy playing the flowing melodies from the first movement of this great classic. All instruments get their chance to shine in this grade 2 arrangement that will please students and audiences alike. Listen to
Serenade for Stings, Mvt. 1

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Marche Militaire Francaise
Performing Saint-Saens' popular Marche Militaire Francaise is now possible for younger string orchestras. Maintaining the bold, majestic character of the original, yet avoiding its difficult keys and transitions, higher level middle school groups should have little difficulty with the technical demands. Because it sounds harder than it really is, high school groups may also enjoy performing the piece as well.

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The Great Gate of Kiev
Mussorgsky wrote The Great Gate of Kiev as the final movement of his cycle of piano pieces entitiled Pictures at an Exhibition. Bold, dramatic, and fun to play, this piece is sure to be a hit with audiences and students alike. Great care was taken in this arrangement to retain the character of the original, yet avoid its difficult modulations and technical demands.

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Ride of the Valkyries
Cleverly crafted to capture the excitement of the original work but with limited technical demands, this arrangement of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries would be the perfect final selection for your next concert. All parts can be played in first position. All sections get a chance to play the thundering melody!

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Rondo from Abdelazar Suite Based on a theme used by Benjamin Britten for his "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," this piece will have immediate student and audience appeal.

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Three Pieces from "Water Music Suite"
This piece will make your upper elementary/early middle school orchestra students sound their best. Using only very easy keys and rhythms, these familiar tunes will be enjoyed by students and audiences alike.

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Centennial Ridge
From the heroic introductory theme to the last pizzicato note in the lower strings, this piece was written to make young strings sound their best. Using only easy rhythms and familiar pitches, this selection will make even groups with incomplete instrumentation sound full.

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March Triumphant is a grade 1.5 march that would work well as a concert opener. Each of the sections have a chance to shine with one of the catchy melodies before they are merged to form and exciting finale.