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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 (Viola T.C.) - 2
Composed by Sean O'Loughlin. Young String Orchestra. Score and part(s). With Standard notation. 8 + 70 pages. Duration 3 minutes, 58 seconds. Carl Fischer Music #YAS165. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.YAS165).

Item Number: CF.YAS165

ISBN 9781491143865. Key: B minor.

An intense and emotional piece from popular composer Sean O'Loughlin. Lush harmonies with well-placed dissonances pull at your emotions and set the tone for the sophisticated ballad. It is a wonderful vehicle for young musicians to expressive themselves and use their budding musical skills.
Solitude is a dramatic composition for the developing string orchestra. The music is reminiscent of the great folk song settings of Holst, Grainger and others. Keep the music soft in the beginning to allow for growth later on in the piece. The main melody at m. 5 should be played with reverence and nobility. The quarternote rests in the accompanying instruments allow for some breath and drama in the phrase. The use of these quarter-note rests expands a bit at m. 15. The introductory material returns at m. 23 provides a build-up to m. 33. This is a foreshadowing of the larger build-up to the climactic chord at m. 47. The ending is a mere echo of the beginning and brings the music full circle for a solemn, peaceful ending.

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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