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The Ash Grove

Welsh Folk Song

By Western Folk Song

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Orchestra String Orchestra - Grade 1.5-2
Welsh Folk Song. Composed by Western Folk Song. Edited by Amy Rosen. Arranged by Larry Clark. Carl Fischer First Plus String Orchestra Series. Classical. Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 8+8+5+2+5+5+2+8 pages. Carl Fischer Music #FAS22. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.FAS22).

Item Number: CF.FAS22

ISBN 9780825853081. 8.5 X 11 inches. Key: G major.

This beautiful Welsh folk song is one that I have always been fond of. I have wanted to write an arrangement of it for quite some time. In my setting I wanted to bring out the lyrical nature of this lovely tune, so I chose to write it at a slow tempo and tried to incorporate unique harmonic colorations that would accentuate the beauty and simplicity of this well-crafted folk song. The arrangement begins with a fragment from the B section of the snog followed by the main melody with water-like eighth note figures in the cello. The biolas and second violins then allude to the second phrase of the melody while the first violins play a soaring obbligato passage. This is followed by a full statement of the B theme with the addition of some well-placed dramatic pauses at the end of phrases. The cello is then given an opportunity to play the main theme with the water-like figures and with counter melodies given to the upper strings. The piece the is completed the way it began with a fragment of the distinctive B section. There is an optional repeat back to the B section that I personally prefer but can be eliminated to cut down the performance time. I believe strongly that young musicians need to play slow lyrical music as often as possible to improve their grasp on playing phrases and to improve their musicianship. It is my hope that this piece will be beneficial in teaching these concepts. It has been my pleasure to have the opportunity to write this arrangement. I hope you and your students enjoy it and find it useful for your program. - Larry Clark New York, NY 2003.
This beautiful Welsh folk song is one that I have always been fond of. I have wanted to write an arrangement of it for quite some time. In my setting I wanted to bring out the lyrical nature of this lovely tune, so I chose to write it at a slow tempo and tried to incorporate unique harmonic colorations that would accentuate the beauty and simplicity of this well-crafted folk song. The arrangement begins with a fragment from the B section of the snog followed by the main melody with "water-like" eighth note figures in the cello. The biolas and second violins then allude to the second phrase of the melody while the first violins play a soaring obbligato passage. This is followed by a full statement of the B theme with the addition of some well-placed dramatic pauses at the end of phrases. The cello is then given an opportunity to play the main theme with the water-like figures and with counter melodies given to the upper strings. The piece the is completed the way it began with a fragment of the distinctive B section. There is an optional repeat back to the B section that I personally prefer but can be eliminated to cut down the performance time. I believe strongly that young musicians need to play slow lyrical music as often as possible to improve their grasp on playing phrases and to improve their musicianship. It is my hope that this piece will be beneficial in teaching these concepts. It has been my pleasure to have the opportunity to write this arrangement. I hope you and your students enjoy it and find it useful for your program. - Larry Clark New York, NY 2003.

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