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Light the Candles!

By Deborah Baker Monday

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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 (Viola T.C.) - 2
Composed by Deborah Baker Monday. SWS FS. Christmas and Holiday, Young String Orchestra. Score and part(s). With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #YAS105. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.YAS105).

Item Number: CF.YAS105

ISBN 9780825889141. 8.5 x 11 inches. Key: A minor.

In true Hanukah style, the modal harmonies, chromatic figures, and syncopated rhythms of Light the Candles! are a stunning change of pace for the holiday season, written by one of the most respected string educators/composers in the business. This work provides you with an opportunity to spice up your holiday program with the music of Hanukah.
This piece is an original composition. I was looking for a catchy theme such as Simon Tov or Mazel Tov to use for a Hanukkah season arrangement. I came up with my own theme and used it for the piece. The rhythm of the words lightthe candles seemed to fit the musical figure played by the cellos in the first measure. The words refer to the lighting of the candles of the Menorah, a popular tradition during Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a celebration by the Jewish faith which falls a few weeks before Christmas. Many school programs are now including music from a variety of winter holidays. Music from the Jewish tradition is very attractive in its unique tonality and syncopated rhythms. The figures in this piece are not complex, but create a momentum which drives the piece. The A theme is handed around throughout the sections. Have students learn this so it is always recognizable whenever it recurs. The B theme is stated in the low strings (including the viola on its C string) accompanied by soft tremolo harmonies. At m. 45 the introductory material returns with the A material, and the B theme is used as a countermelody. There are lots of fun changes and textures to keep the music building strongly to a thrilling finish! This piece will add a nice contrast to any concert or festival program.

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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