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String Quartet, String Orchestra - Intermediate
Composed by Birdy. Arranged by HELEN MARPLE-HORVAT. Contemporary Classical, Pop, Children's Music, Wedding, Recital. Set of Parts. 15 pages. Published by Helen Marple-Horvat (S0.216951).

Item Number: S0.216951

Birdy’s famous hit reached number 8 in the Uk singles chart. As a cellist, and member of a quartet at school, I would have loved to play a song like this. If you would like to watch a video of a professional quartet playing my arrangement look up my channel by typing Skinny Black Dogs, Capriccio Quartet, Wings, Birdy into Youtube. The quartet find that this piece is one that is very popular for weddings. It is 3.30mins long, and in an easy key for strings. I think ABRSM Grade 5 and could tackle it. There is a lot of double stopping to get the really chunky sound that you can hear on the excerpt, but most of it uses open strings, so it is not very difficult but sounds great, especially in the loud bits! I focused on the chorus because I love the harmonies, and everyone gets their time in the sun in this arrangement. Digging into the quaver movement is perfect for strings, in a way that is almost Baroque, and the viola has the best bit. Make sure you can hear her!

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