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Red River Valley

By Virginia Croft

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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Percussion (Wood Block), Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 (Viola T.C.) - 2
Arranged by Virginia Croft. SWS FS. Young String Orchestra. Score and part(s). With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #YAS113. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.YAS113).

Item Number: CF.YAS113

ISBN 9780825889547. 8.5 x 11 inches. Key: D major.

You will hear the clicking of horse hooves and the sounds of the old west in this setting of a standard American folk song. Virginia Croft draws from her experience as a longtime music educator to write pleasing arrangements of popular folk songs like this one. She has a knack for bringing out the true beauty of the song in an authentic way. All sections of the orchestra get a chance to shine in Red River Valley.
This is one of those love songs which traveled west with the pioneers, and thus the Bright Mohawk Valley of New York State became the Red River Valley. Attention to the unrelenting rhythm of the horses hooves (and the suggested sound effects which complement this) will bring this beautiful, poignant melody to life for both your performers and your audiences. NB: This tune, played and sung up-tempo, is also used as a well-known square dance.

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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