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2019 New Releases, now available in the Store! 

We are very proud to make available the latest offerings in the Martini Strings catalogue of string orchestral pieces. This year adds another 3 works to the list, all very well received at the AUSTA Qld Reading Day on Sunday 10th Feb, and all specially crafted to help your string orchestra develop their skills...as well as sound wonderful!

First there is the "Chorale in A". A simple yet beautiful Chorale, the notes are playable by a Grade 2 level orchestra but for a more mature performance it would be better handled by a Grade 3 level ensemble.

Second is "Contemplation", a dream-like piece in 6/8 time is definitely suited to Grade 3 level ensembles. A lilting motif is passed around the upper strings, and the end is not fully resolved as the contemplation continues.

Finally we have "Sparkling Lights", a piece inspired as Alison was driving past a Brisbane university on the way home from a concert one night and saw the fairy lights in the trees. As they passed behind other branches they appeared to sparkle, which gave rise to this entire piece that night. Students can enjoy using harmonics, pizzicato, and the viola section gets to announce the main theme at the start. What's not to love!

We hope you will enjoy these pieces and find them useful for your string groups. To purchase, head over to the Store now.

2018 New Releases!! 

Welcome to 2018! Each new year bring new possibilities, and one of those possibilities is that your students might *love* orchestra this year. Fresh, new music is a great way to keep the buzz alive in your group.

 

We are releasing 2 titles this year, "Tango" at Grade 2.5 level, and "Sixteen Snippets" at a Grade 0.5 level. Tango is a traditional tango containing all the rhythms & modulations you'd expect, which means there are the challenges of B flats & F naturals over a steady and predictable Tango rhythm. Apart from the B flats, the notes are not very difficult which makes this piece at first seem too easy for Grade 2.5, but don't be fooled.

Sixteen Snippets is a collection of tiny performances pieces for students in their first year of playing. Beginning with plucked open strings (which can also be played arco), the pieces gradually become more difficult so that, by the end of the collection, the students are playing a true, full string orchestra piece. A variety of styles and harmonic idioms make this collection interesting and appealing.

 

Both pieces are available in the store now, along with the rest of the catalogue. Backing track CDs for Sixteen Snippets are on their way.

 

Happy playing!

2017 Release String Orchestra titles in store today! 

It's a new year, and that always means at least one good thing - new music! And we have some fantastic new titles available for you from today.

"Tarantella", a frenzied dance in 6/8 time, suits an emerging intermediate level string orchestra. It requires high 3rd fingers from the violins & violas and extended 4th fingers from the cellos for quite a bit of the piece, so a good one to get students' hands opening up and consolidating those shapes.

"Introduction & Theme from Witches' Dance" is an arrangement of the first two sections of Paganini's famous piece. Also suited to an emerging intermediate level string orchestra, this piece focuses particularly on hooked bowing, but the many tempo changes in the Introduction allow the ensemble practice at watching the conductor closely and staying together.

"A Daring Escape" requires a solid intermediate level string orchestra. Spiccato bowing and harmonic minor scale patterns are used throughout the work, giving students the opportunity to consolidate these techniques. Frequent changes of time signature keep everyone on the hop!

All titles are available in-store now - get yourself a head-start and some great music for 2017!

Happy playing!

Special price on a limited release in-store now! 

**SPECIAL!**LIMITED RELEASE!**

We have 10 copies of "Dance!" going out for only $40 in the store at the moment. That's less than half the normal price! Be quick to grab a copy before they disappear, and tell your string-teaching friends too!

This lively, jumping piece is sure to get even the quietest student smiling! Using the keys of D & G major, "Dance!" is best suited to students who have been playing for 1-2 years. The key technique is the up-up bowing, prevalent through the whole piece; otherwise most of the parts are quite easy. Violas & celli should look out near the end for their C#’s! 

There's never a dull moment here at Martini Strings, we've always got something on the boil...

New String Orchestra titles in store today! 

I'm incredibly pleased to announce four new String Orchestra titles in store today, ranging from Grade 2 to 4, all tried and tested. 2015 was a very busy year! If you have intermediate to advancing ensembles, check out these pieces for some fresh melodies. Available to be shipped nationally and internationally, purchase your copy today!

"Drought" conjures up images of baking plains and hot summer days; lots of harmonics and intricate harmonies. Chosen because of an integral bowing which is very useful for developing string players, "Variations on a Sea Shanty" takes a well-known sea shanty and explores a variety of melodic and rhythmic options. "Pizzicato Rush!" is a great little encore piece which is over in a flash but leaves you out of breath on the other side. "Rainstorm" is a piece in 6/8 time, depicting the arrival, intensity and passing of a tropical rain storm. 

I hope you find something here that suits your ensemble!

String Orchestral music - now available in the Store! 

I am very excited to announce that my catalogue of original String Orchestra compositions is now available for purchase here in my store! Each piece is lovingly crafted to help you get the best sound from your ensemble, and every pack comes complete with a Conductor's Score and a full set of parts.

I have been composing for student ensembles for over 10 years now, and am finally finding my way to making my compositions publicly available. A number of them have already been performed by school ensembles around Brisbane, Qld, and I'm looking forward to contributing further to the repertoire for young string players. You never know, a few solo pieces might pop in here and there...

Payment can be made via Paypal, and you don't even need a PayPal account. Please allow up to a week for postage and handling, and tell your string-teaching friends! Audio samples are coming...