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White Christmas - for string quartet - 'cello lead

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By Irving Berlin

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String Quartet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
By Irving Berlin. Arranged by Samantha J Bramley - Score, Set of Parts. 10 pages. Published by Samantha J Bramley (H0.446543-934800).

Item Number: H0.446543-934800

The Holiday Season canbe really painful for lower string players in any ensemble. Playing ‘cello in aCarol concert makes me want to cry. That is why I have created arrangements ofclassic Christmas Carols and Songs guaranteed not to bore the pants off yourviolist or ‘cellist. No more bashing out bass notes for the ‘cello, and no morechugging away on the off-beat for viola while the fiddles get soaring melodyafter soaring counter-melody. We deserve more than this, right guys? You gotit!

This arrangement of 'White Christmas’ for stringquartet stays true to the spirit of the original Bing Crosby versionwith respect both melody and harmony. Beginning with those unmistakeable 4chords in the upper strings, the ‘cello takes the majority ofthe vocal line, but all three other parts are also given a chance to shine withmelody, counter melody and harmony by turns. With high positions inboth violin parts and up to 4th position plus harmonics forthe lower strings, the challenge in this arrangement is found in the technicaland musical interpretation of this iconic song, and is a great play forensembles of advanced intermediate standard.

Note from the arranger: All my arrangements for strings are conceived specifically withthe aim of writing interesting parts for all players. Most parts do not gobeyond 4th position (with theexception of a few harmonics in thelower string parts, and some higher positions in the violin parts), making them suitable for advanced student and mixed ability groups.A complete score and set of individual parts (violin 1, violin 2, viola,‘cello) is included. Enjoy and feel free to email comments or requests forother works to

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