An Introduction to the String Orchestra
By Richard Meyer
Highland String Orchestra
Think Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide but just for strings! Written to be used for outreach or recruiting concerts, this piece is a great way to educate audiences of all ages about the different instruments of the string orchestra. All of your students will love getting a chance in the spotlight as the simple main theme is followed by five variations, each featuring a different section (yes, Violins I and II get their own separate variation!). The piece concludes with a rousing 6/8 finale in which phrases of the theme are tossed from section to section, giving your audience a final "review" of what they have learned. Very playable and very enjoyable for all!