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Dark Catacombs
Full Score and Parts
By Sean O'Loughlin

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Orchestra String Orchestra - Medium Easy/Medium
Full Score and Parts. Composed by Sean O'Loughlin. FS-SWS. Carl Fischer Concert String Orchestra Series. Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 16+16+4+10+10+4+10+16 pages. Carl Fischer Music #CAS39. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.CAS39).

Item Number: CF.CAS39

ISBN 9780825863707. 8.5 X 11 inches. Key: C major.

Rich in colorful writing for the string orchestra, Dark Catacombs has the feeling of a sonic adventure in a legendary world, with striking contrasts in texture and style, between marcato and legato playing. Full of memorable melodies and interesting contrapuntal writing, this is a selection that will expand the musical horizons of the players.
Dark Catacombs is a work that showcases the many colors of the string orchestra. From the ominous opening, to the flowing and haunting main melody, the piece takes the listener on a sonic journey.The opening should be very marcato with the dynamics exaggerated for the most dramatic effect. Stay aggressive with the playing until m. 33, which transforms into a new section and style. The feel should be light and airy, almost a lilting quality. Allow the melody to have a haunting quality as well. The aggressive style returns from mm. 56–70. The haunting melody resumes at m. 72, but with some added layers and counterpoint. A small climax follows at m. 89. The two styles of playing collide at m. 100. Maintain the energy in the low strings while the upper strings soar. Further development follows, which should build to the final major climax at m. 133. Be mindful of the C# in the second violin to ensure a resounding ending.

About Carl Fischer Concert String Orchestra Series

This series of pieces (Grade 3 and higher) is designed for advancing ensembles. The pieces in this series are characterized by:

  • Expanded use of rhythms, ranges and keys but technical demands are still carefully considered
  • More comprehensive bowing techniques
  • Viola T.C. included
  • Careful selection of keys and degree of difficulty for advancing musicians

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