In the Summer Green, Grade 2, for string orchestra, grade 2, complete materials
Price includes one download of each file including the full score and parts (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Contrabass). Download either at checkout or using the links provided in the confirmation email. Permission is given for duplication of sufficient additional copies as needed for the number of players in your ensemble.
I have employed natural harmonics (touching the open string at the octave node) in this piece for two reasons. First, playing these harmonics promotes a good playing position for violinists and violists in which the left hand is not supporting the instrument but can move freely. This is a great way to practice a solid fundamental playing position for all instruments before the positions, one string scales, etc., are introduced. Second, these harmonics greatly extend the pitch space of a student orchestra that has, so far, studied only first position. And, because the notes sound “in tune” or not at all, the presence of natural harmonics promotes good intonation within the ensemble without adding an external accompaniment.
All the bowing can be done on the string. But there is a lot of variety in bowing, including: eighth note slurs, marcato (including string crossings in the fiddle style passages) and, importantly, plenty of rich slow bows. Bowing has been indicated in order to promote specific bowing patterns and also to support the necessary dynamic balance among parts.
- Paul Seitz
These comments have already come in (used with permission):
I just performed In the Summer Green with the String Orchestra of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras at the Ambassador Auditorium. It's a beautiful piece. The musicians and the audience both enjoyed it.
Thanks for introducing the piece and providing the discount for the piece! It was a wonderful part of our program!
Arcadia High School
"Over the last 2 months the Jewett School of the Arts String Orchestra has been learning and discovering your piece. We love it and plan to take it to District Music Performance Assessment next month."
Director of Orchestras
Jewett SOTA / Jewett Academy
Winter Haven, Florida