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Out of the Winter

By Larry Clark

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Orchestra String Orchestra - Grade 1.5-2
Composed by Larry Clark. FS SWS. Carl Fischer First Plus String Orchestra Series. Classical. Score and Parts. With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #FAS11. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.FAS11).

Item Number: CF.FAS11

ISBN 9780825845048. 8.5 x 11 inches. Key: G major.

This outstanding original from Larry Clark can be played any time of year! A vigorous theme moves through all the sections and violas combine with second violins for prominent solo passages. A section in minor adds to the drama as strong rhythmic chords give way to a subdued tremolo in the first violins, reminiscent of Vivaldi's "Winter" This music reaches a level of intensity your players and audience will love.
Out of the Winter is a musical depiction of the many moods of winter from its harsh storms to its simple beauty. The composition is based on a central main theme that is musically developed throughout the composition presented in and out of major and minor keys. The main theme begins right away without introduction and is set to depict the simple delicate beauty of a light falling snow. The theme is then developed in the minor key using simple contrapuntal techniques that give the composition a fresh sound for pieces at this grade level. The aggressive development of the piece is a musical description of a powerful winter storm. The tension of this section is built to a climax using simple divisi in the strongs and some poly-chordal harmonic techniques that give way to a final return of the main theme to complete the piece. Special care should be given to exaggerating the contrast between the two diverse sections of the piece. The main theme should be light and uplifting. The second section with the theme in minor should have an ominous presence, but still be reminiscent of the original light main theme. As with all of my compositions at this grade level, adjust the tempo to fit the ability level of your students. It is hope that this piece helps to reinforce the concepts of good musicianship which you are trying to instill in your students. Bowings should be used as a guide and should be adjusted to your needs. It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to write this piece. I hope that you and your students find it useful for your program.

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