STRINGS

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grade 1

J.W. Pepper Editors' Choice. The perfect code, or blueprint, for an enjoyable, playable, musical work! Everyone plays the tune, as well as the recurring motif. Add a touch of percussion to this calypso and you'll be able to replicate oodles of fun at concerts to come.

J.W. Pepper Editors' Choice. “The Huron Carol” is Canada's oldest Christmas carol, written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary. The melody is from a tradition French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" (A Young Maid). Intended as a gift and teaching aid to the Huron people, Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in their native language. The Moon of Winter is a powerful and moving adaptation of this carol for string orchestra that will enhance your next Christmas concert, adding a sense of reverence and honor.

grade 2

J.W. Pepper Editors' Choice. With percussion section. This exciting original work opens with an ominous theme. It continues to build throughout, culminating in a powerful, climactic ending. Set in Dorian Mode, this piece overflows with vibrant and dramatic energy, conjuring images of strength, majesty, and passion. THIS COMPOSITION ALSO AVAILABLE FOR CONCERT BAND.

Although the lyrics for the this folk song date back to the 1600s, it wasn’t until 1906 that the song was published in Folk Songs from Somerset. Its simple melody and placid harmony provide a great opportunity for your young musicians to explore expressiveness in their performance. This poignant arrangement will lift your audience emotionally. (2:33)

GRADE 2.5

This delightful arrangement is sure to become a seasonal favorite with students and audiences alike. The joyous harmonies and cheerful rhythms will immediately put you in the Christmas spirit. (2:30) ALFRED PUBLISHING

          grade 3

For a special touch at your next concert, feature one of Canada's most popular folk songs. Often sung to keep time while canoeing or around campfires, the lyrics are originally from a 19th century poem by First Nations poet Pauline Johnson, making this perfect for cross-cultural study. Although this work can easily be performed with strings alone, percussion instruments, including timpani and bells, expand the palette of colors, helping to create a rich tapestry for your listeners. THIS COMPOSITION ALSO AVAILABLE FOR CONCERT BAND.

J.W. Pepper Editors' Choice. Take one traditional English carol, change the meter, insert a slow middle section, add a dash of counterpoint, and sprinkle liberally with sparkly Christmas dust. Mix with orchestra and audience members and you have the perfect recipe for your next holiday concert. Good cheer is guaranteed to follow. THIS SONG ALSO ARRANGED FOR CONCERT BAND.