La Marmotte composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Arranged by Tim McCarrick. Orchestra. Masterworks; Part(s); Score; String Orchestra. Belwin Beginning String Orchestra. Classical; Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Grade 2. 72 pages. Published by Belwin Music (AP.33653).
A simple folk-style song that works wonderfully for strings and depicts a traveling troubadour and his trained pet entertaining for their food. The broken-chord accompaniment imitates the organ grinder as he sings while the marmot performs tricks for the listeners. It is a beautiful melody that moves between A minor and C major. Both upper strings and cellos take turns on the melody!