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Country Dance

Passepied from Water Music

By George Frideric Handel

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Orchestra String Orchestra - Grade 1
Passepied from Water Music. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Arranged by Joseph Compello. This edition: complete set. Carl Fischer Beginning String Orchestra Series. Country Dance is adapted from the Passepied in Handel's Water Music. It should be performed at a lively tempo. Quarter notes at 120 beats per minute would be acceptable for first-year students. More advanced students should stri. Classical. Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 76 pages. Carl Fischer Music #BAS2. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.BAS2).

Item Number: CF.BAS2

ISBN 9780825840814. 8.5 x 11 inches. Key: G major.

A well-known excerpt from Handel's popular Water Music, Country Dance has been expertly arranged by educator-composer Joseph Compello. Simple eighth-note patterns are introduced and natural bowings without slurs will facilitate teaching this popular classical selection to young musicians. Duration: 3'30".
Country Dance is adapted from the Passepied in Handel's Water Music. It should be performed at a lively tempo. Quarter notes at 120 beats per minute would be acceptable for first-year students. More advanced students should strive for a tempo between 144 and 180. At the director's discretion, the eighth-note figures, which replace the trills in Handel's original work, may be slurred in groups of two or four. Beginning at mm.12 and 40, where the second violin and cello play alone, cues have been included in Violin I and Bass. Use the cues only if necessary. These little duets provide a nice contrast to the sound of the full ensemble. In Handel's original work, the duets are given to the horns. If two horn players are available, the director may wish to have them play the duets instead of the strings. If an ensemble is unable to play the C-sharps at mm.48 and 49, the piano should include them. If a piano is not used, the absence of C-sharps will leave an open fifth, which is not out of character in this music. Performance time with all repeats, including the da capo, is about a minute and a half.

About Carl Fischer Beginning String Orchestra Series

This series of Grade 1 pieces is designed for first year string groups. The pieces in this series are characterized by:ulliLimited parts (often 2nd violin and viola are the same part, cello and bass are same part)/liliLimited keys and rhythms - only simple 8th note patterns/liliLimited independence of parts/liliPlayable after limited study time/liliFirst position and natural bowings/liliPiano for rehearsal and reinforcement/liul/p

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