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By Martin Norgaard

String orchestra - Level 1.5
Composed by Martin Norgaard. Beginning Strings. FJH Beginning Strings. Score only. Full Set (score and parts) also available: ST6140. Score only. Duration 2 minutes, 35 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.ST6140S).

Item Number: FJ.ST6140S

Calypso is inspired by the Calypso style originating in the French and British Islands of the Caribbean. Influential artists from the early 20th century include Roaring Lion and Lord Kitchener. Harry Belafonte popularized the style with his album Calyps
The main rhythms in the current piece (measures 1, 5, and 45) should be taught by rote using call-and-response. Repeat these rhythms multiple times between teacher and students, using a consistent tempo without counts before individual performance trials. Once students can play the rhythms on an open string, rhythms may be used as an exercise on the G major scale. The solo section should feature individual students. For ease of improvisation, an informational sheet is included for each instrument. Both easy and advanced approaches can be taught in a group setting. In performance, have students solo at the front of the stage. Microphones will allow them to be heard over the orchestra and optional rhythm section.

About FJH Beginning Strings

Appropriate for first year string students. All instruments stay in first position, and optional third violin (viola) parts and piano are included to aid in rehearsal and performance situations. Grade 1 - 1.5

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  • 5

    Hitchin UK
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2008-07-18 00:00:00.0 Calypso scores high

    My string orchestra has just performed this piece as part of a summer concert programme. The children in the group really enjoyed this catchy piece as there was interest in each part. The solos section was excellent with either a suggested solo or help with improvisation. My three soloists - violin...

    , cello and bass really liked the opportunity to shine. I Would highly recommend this piece.

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