Sheet Music for Strings

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Attractive sheet music for violin, viola and cello, string trios and quartets, easy to moderate levels.  Some titles provide additional material to support improvisation in the studio, home or classroom, making them very versatile resources.

 

STR007 Merrily I Play Along/ Violin

Instruments: Violin

Description: All the favourite  pieces for beginners, in one handy book, together with lyrics and lots of creative activities. Ideal for early lessons with a creatively-minded teacher, or for holiday fun. Most melodies have a range of 3-6 notes (do-re-mi-fa-so-la), in the key of D major. Attractively laid out, with full-colour illustrations. More

Level 1 - easy
 

Price: £ 5.95

 


STR008 Merrily I Play Along / Cello

Instruments: Cello

Description: All the favourite beginner's pieces, in one handy book, together with lyrics and lots of creative activities. Ideal for early lessons with a creatively-minded teacher, or for holiday fun. Most melodies have a range of 3-6 notes (do-re-mi-fa-so-la), in the key of D major. Attractively laid out, with full-colour illustrations.

Level 1-easy
 

Price: £ 5.95



One Step At a Time

Author: Jennie Lou Klim
A new approach to string teaching,
available for violin, viola, cello and bass

Endorsed by Haroutune Bedelian, master teacher, violin virtuoso, former violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and currently teaching violin at the University of California, Irvine, CA

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STR001 Emily's Mantra

Composer: Audrey Podmore
Instruments: String Quartet

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Technical Notes:  Fourth finger ('artificial') harmonics are suggested for the final section section and full instructions are provided for those for whom this may be a new technique. Players may substitute normal fingering, 'sul tasto', where preferred. The viola gets a brief moment of glory!

Programme notes: This quartet was inspired by the poem "Amid the Barren Hills", by Emily Bronte. She expresses her love for her moorland home in all its diverse moods. First performed by the Bingham Quartet, COMA Summer School Concert, 1996, and again by the London Chamber Group, Conway Hall, May 1999, and by the London Chamber Group at the Bromley Festival, June 1999.

"Emily's Mantra...does beautiful things with slender resources"
"hauntingly beautiful!"

Level 3 - intermediate (grade 5+)

Price: £9.95

 


STR002 And It Was Summertime

Composer: Audrey Podmore
Instruments: String Quartet

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Technical notes: Sustained quiet playing is required, and all the instruments have solo material. The piece is contrapuntal with modal inflections, with the harmonies deriving from the movement of the melodic lines.

Programme notes: This piece was inspired by the poem 'Summer in England, 1914' by Alice Meynell. The wonderful summer of 1914, a season of seemingly unprecedented loveliness, was a cruel irony for someone with a loved one engulfed in the horrors of the front line. It could only be borne as a symbol of a greater, spiritual, beauty.

"real poetic musical experiences" 
"We so enjoyed playing this quartet!"

Level 3 - intermediate (grade 5+)
 

Price £9.95

 


STR003  A Little Trio for Emily - Trio


Composer: Audrey Podmore
Instruments: Vln I, Va (alt. Vln II) Vc

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Description: This piece provides ensemble experience at an early stage. The melodies are modal in character.  In addition, there are ideas for improvising original melodies, using the Aeolian (natural minor), with examples presented in the clef appropriate to each instrument. This publication would also be useful for GCSE composition work.

"Luscious!"

Level 1 - easy
 

Price: £5.95

 


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STR004  A Little Trio for Emily

Composer: Audrey Podmore
Instruments: Violin & Piano

Description: An arrangement of an original string trio. The melodies are modal in character.  There are ideas for improvising original melodies, using the Aeolian (natural minor). This publication would also be useful for GCSE composition work.

Level: Violin 1 (easy); Piano 2
 

Price: £5.95

 


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STR005  Stars From The Start!  (D-A Version for Violin)


Composer: Audrey Podmore
Instruments: Violin & Piano

Description: Attractive pieces for the concert debut, with a range of just 5 notes. With their catchy tunes and accessible technique, these are pieces that pupils love to practise! Articulation and dynamics are omitted from the solo part (although marked in the piano score), leaving the teacher free to edit the parts, as appropriate to the instrument and the player's level of development. Very simple piano accompaniment. More

Level:  Violin  pre 1 (very easy); Piano  2
 

Price: £5.95

 


STR006 Stars From The Start!  (D-A Version for Cello)

Composer: Audrey Podmore
Instruments: Cello & Piano

Description: Attractive pieces for the concert debut, with a range of just 5 notes. With their catchy tunes and accessible technique, these are pieces that pupils love to practise! Articulation and dynamics are omitted from the solo part (although marked in the piano score), leaving the teacher free to edit the parts, as appropriate to the instrument and the player's level of development. Very simple piano accompaniment. 

Level:  Cello  pre 1 (very easy); Piano  2

Price: £5.95

 


STR012  Sally Gardens


Instruments: String Trio, with optional 2nd violin in place of viola.

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Description: A much loved, traditional Irish air. Contrapuntal texture, with melodic material for everyone.

Level: 1-2 (fairly easy) 
 

Price: £5.95

 


STR009 Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits


Instruments: String Quartet

Description: Simple, but exquisite, this is one of the most popular pieces of classical music. Here, the first section is arranged for string players of modest technique. There is tuneful music for all players.

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Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits-Listen

Level: 2 (fairly easy)
 

Price £5.95

 


STR010  Edward MacDowell: To A Wild Rose


Instruments: String Quartet

Description: This lovely piece sounds particularly good on stringed instruments. The first violin part is a little more advanced than the others, rising to F#, in the third octave, in bars 27-28 but these bars would stand a little adaptation, if necessary.

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Edward MacDowell: To a Wild Rose -Listen

Level: 2 (fairly easy) violin (intermediate)
 

Price: £5.95

 


STR011 Mozart: Minuetto Allegretto


Instruments: String Quartet, with optional 3rd violin in place of viola.

Description: This delightful movement from a Mozart symphony may be familiar to those with long memories, as sung by the group, "The Wombles". 

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Mozart: Minuetto Allegretto -Listen

Level: 1 (easy) 
 

Price: £5.95

 


STR013 Vivaldi: Spring & Autumn

 
Instruments: String Quartet, with a 3rd violin alternative to the viola.

Description: Arrangement of  popular themes from 'The Four Seasons'.

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Vivaldi: Spring & Autumn-Listen

Level: 1 (easy) 
 

Price: £5.95

 


STR014 Volga Boat Song


Instruments: String Quartet, with a 3rd violin alternative to the viola.

Description: Russian folk tune, simply arranged for string quartet. 

The online playback (below) may be a useful practice aid.

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Volga Boat Song -Listen

Level: 1 (easy) 
 

Price: £5.95

 


STR015 Carnival of Venice


Instruments: String Quartet, with a 3rd violin alternative to the viola.

Description: This folk tune has been used as the theme in numerous sets of variations and teaching notes on improvisation/composition activities based upon it are separately available.

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Carnival of Venice -Listen

Level: 1 (easy) 
 

Price: £5.95