String Trio, String Quartet, String Orchestra - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Many. Arranged by Curtis Hanson. Renaissance. 46 pages. Published by Curtis Hanson (S0.974253).
Item Number: S0.974253
Hey string players and teachers,are you looking for something different to program or teach your students? Thiscollection of pieces, suitable for beginning and experienced ensembles, may bewhat you’re looking for.
For the choral musician, the secular music of the16th and early 17th centuries comprise some of the most delightful works ofearly repertoire. The madrigals in this collection are arranged for string trios,quartets, and quintets. The intent of these arrangements is to enable theinstrumental musician an opportunity to experience a genre perhaps lessfamiliar, with its varying degrees of rhythmic complexity and the juxtaposed interplayof duple and triple rhythmic figures. In keeping with the period, no dynamicsare indicated, and articulations are kept at a minimum. Traditionally, repeatedsections are to be played at a softer dynamic, but nothing is written in stone.For the up-tempo piece, as many are, rhythmic cleanliness and clarity areparamount, particularly in the iconic "Fa-la-la" sections.Accordingly, although they may be warranted, no slurs are given. Occasionalstaccatos are suggested for crispness. Vocal breath marks (') above the staffare meant to serve as guides in phrasing only, and tempos are only suggestions.As non-sacred works, they are generally not meant as 'serious' music, butrather as the music of the common people. Bottom line, they are meant to be fun,and the performer is free to interpret as desired. This collection is acompanion to the arranger’s series of “Renaissance Motets Arranged for Strings”.
With the purchase of this collection, permission isgranted to photocopy parts as needed. The audio example is of thefirst few pieces in the collection.
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