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A Silent Echo

By George Sweet

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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 (Viola T.C.) - 2
Composed by George Sweet. Young String Orchestra. Score and part(s). With Standard notation. Duration 4 minutes, 6 seconds. Carl Fischer Music #YAS131. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.YAS131).

Item Number: CF.YAS131

ISBN 9780825894671. 9 x 12 inches. Key: G major.

If you are looking to work on the musicality of your ensemble this year, look no further than this beautiful new piece from composer George Sweet. Lush harmonies and cascading sounds make this a wonderful piece of music. It is contemporary and fresh and uses all of the forces of the string orchestra to great effect. An elegant choice for your next concert or festival performance.
The title, A Silent Echo, refers to the lasting influence, or "echo," that a singular event can have on the period of time following it. These echoes can result from events which range from triumphant to tragic. The resulting echo has a lasting influence, which can still be felt, on both private and public levels, long after the causal event has transpired. The piece opens with a series of inverted "pyramid" chords. Make sure that each voice is balanced properly with the others, so that all of the notes of the resulting chord blend together evenly. The main theme appears at m. 9 in the first violins. Once again, be careful to balance this section so that the resulting dissonances fit within the chord. The second violins play the melody at m. 19, which leads to a short B-section at m. 29. Be careful not to lose momentum when playing the pyramid chords directly preceding the B-material. After both A- and B-themes are presented again, new material occurs at m. 54 and leads the piece through a vibrant C-section that reaches a climax at m. 63. Both A- and B-themes are then restated which brings the piece to a quiet and subdued close.

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

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