By Andrew H. Dabczynski
Belwin Beginning String Orchestra
And they're off! This quick-sprint rondo challenges students with constantly changing meters, but uses only the simplest rhythms, fingerings, and bowings—all within a D-major framework. By varying and combining simple 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4 meters, the orchestra learns to "keep time" while preparing for more complex meters. A 7-part rondo form provides the players repetition opportunities to solidify the meter changes and maximize learning. More advanced students can play this piece at the fastest possible tempo to test their ability to play accurately.