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    Please Help with Strings

    I'm looking for some great string resources, be it from film scores, classical scores, etc. (if possible, please give specific pieces/cues with composers names) I'm in need of some inspiration for writing a string orchestra piece, and would appreciate the recommendations. THANKS!

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    Re: Please Help with Strings

    Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings...

    Best ever written IMHO

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    Re: Please Help with Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcussen
    Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings...

    Best ever written IMHO
    You've just reminded me of how good that work is! Rediculously good!
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    Re: Please Help with Strings

    To that I played in my orchestra two years ago in my middle school:

    M to the Third Power by Carold Nunez

    Petite Overture by Eliot Del Borgo

    M cubed has great interesting harmonic progressions, and Petite Overture is just a great peice. I would recomend you look at the score, or at least listen to the peices above. Although scored for a young orchestra, they are still great peices.

    Hope this helps,
    Chris

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    Re: Please Help with Strings

    Stravinsky's Apollon Musagete (or simply Apollo) is a ballet in neoclassical style scored only for strings - a brilliant piece.

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    There's a symphony by living composer Howard Blake called "The Leeds" and it contains some of the must beautiful string stuff I've ever heard. Hop onto tower.com and pick it up -- whether for research or just for your own pleasure, it is STUNNING.

    Kerry

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    I've got to the point where I can't listen to the Barber "adagio" anymore. It's so, uh, everywhere.

    I like Jennifer Higdon's work. She is hands down one of the best living composers around imo. Check out the stunning string writing in her "Concerto for Orchestra".

    Also maybe give a listen to Stravinsky's "Concerto in D for String Orchestra" --good music, if largely and inexplicably neglected.

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    Re: Please Help with Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by fozzy
    I've got to the point where I can't listen to the Barber "adagio" anymore. It's so, uh, everywhere.

    I like Jennifer Higdon's work. She is hands down one of the best living composers around imo. Check out the stunning string writing in her "Concerto for Orchestra".

    Also maybe give a listen to Stravinsky's "Concerto in D for String Orchestra" --good music, if largely and inexplicably neglected.
    I know exactly what you mean... but in all fairness it still is king of string

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    Re: Please Help with Strings

    Don't laugh but if you want a 'filmscore' example I still remember the first time I heard the string work on James Newton Howard's "Snow fallin upon Cedars" ( I think that was the film's title - Film OK, but the string work was a stand out.)

    Rob
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    Re: Please Help with Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by loogoo
    Stravinsky's Apollon Musagete (or simply Apollo) is a ballet in neoclassical style scored only for strings - a brilliant piece.
    I will second this and add Bartok's music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Also, it is not for string orchestra, but Bartok's string quartets are wonderful.

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