Duncan's Tale
String Orchestra - Sheet Music

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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 - Grade 2


Composed by George Sweet. FS - SWS. Young String Orchestra. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 16+16+10+10+4+10+4+12 pages. Carl Fischer Music #YAS75. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.YAS75).

ISBN 9780825869600. UPC: 798408069605. 8.5 X 11 inches. Key: D major.

Bassist and string educator/composer George Sweet is a new addition to the Carl Fischer Music team. His music is fresh and unique, and Duncan's Tale is an enjoyable work with infectious rhythms and interesting melodies. It contains some nice harmonic twists that will really engage your students in the piece. We are proud to have the music of Mr. Sweet in the Carl Fischer Music catalog!.
Duncan’s Tale is the story of a small Cairn Terrier who gets into various forms of “household mischief” while his owners are away. The piece offers the viola section a chance to play much of the primary melodic material, as opposed to purely accompaniment. Make sure that the accents in the main theme at m. 3 are played with full value. This provides a contrast to the staccato notes that accompany them. The melodic section that follows at m. 13 should be played in a warm legato style, contrary to the other sections. This is the point where the violas enter for the first time with the melodic material. At m. 21 a denser variation of the theme leads to an abrupt “half step” modulation. The viola interjections should be played with a “fiddle-like” quality. The piece then returns to the original material before fading out on the ostinato pattern that opens the piece. The final pianissimo pizzicato note represents the point when the “adventures” are over, as the owners have returned and Duncan hides.

About Carl Fischer Young String Orchestra Series

This series of Grade 2/Grade 2.5 pieces is designed for second and third year ensembles. The pieces in this series are characterized by:
--Occasionally extending to third position
--Keys carefully considered for appropriate difficulty
--Addition of separate 2nd violin and viola parts
--Viola T.C. part included
--Increase in independence of parts over beginning levels