We have started working on two new songs in orchestra to demonstrate some of the skills we've been working on: vibrato and 3rd position shifting. The first piece is All the Pretty Little Horses, arranged by Anne McGinty. The piece is based on an American folk lullaby, with a soft and delicate style meant to sooth the listener into a slumber. Legato bowing combined with phrasing in the long musical lines will develop into a mature sound the piece needs. The following video of this piece is performed by a wind ensemble, but it is musically the best recording I have found.
The next piece, Sinfonia in D, requires shifting and third position fluency, especially for the first violin section. We are reviewing these techniques in class in preparation for performance. If students would like to continue to work on these things at home, I included the Powerpoint we used in class, below.
J.B. Saint-Georges was a French Composer during the late 1700's, or the Classical Era. He composed comic operas, orchestral and chamber music, and songs. The piece we are learning is an overture to one of his comic ballets, "L'amant anonyme." The style is very light and clean, much like Mozart's overtures. Crisp attacks with fast, long bows and impeccable intonation will help create the ringing tone and dynamic without making the music too heavy. Listen to this and other classical music, from composers such as Hadyn and Mozart, to develop an ear for they style as part of your happy practicing!!!