Corda Music Publications - Easy String Music


This page gives details of works which have been designed for teaching beginners and lists the ensemble music which is suitable for use in schools or with less experienced players. Several of these ensembles also appear on the main string catalogue as well. See String Music.


About the Easy String List

For all ensemble music we can provide extra parts or scores if required at very competitive prices. The basic price for all ensemble music includes a score and suitable set of parts, but additional parts for larger ensembles can be ordered whenever required. Please specify clearly the number of parts that you need - it is not always possible for us to guess how many extra cellos you may have if you ask for 15 parts for string orchestra without specifying the details!

We will hope to introduce a grading system works to give teachers an idea of the general ability and standard required for each piece Grade references will be roughly equivalent to those expected in the exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. This is still being prepared


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Corda Music Publications - Easy String Solos & Ensembles


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CMP 602

MORNING and EVENING - Tim Knight (Single strings or orchestra)

£3.00

2 short, easy quartet movements for less experienced players, with Violin 3 alternative to Viola, and a double bass ad lib.

Extra parts 20p each

 

CMP 605

CHACONNE - Steve Fordington (Quintet or string orchestra)

£4.00

Solo violin with easy string quartet accompaniment on an ostinato bass figure. Ad lib part for violin 3 in place of viola.

Additional parts 20p each

 

CMP 607

INTERLUDE in E - Richard Edwards (String orchestra)

£3.50

A fairly easy ensemble for all instrumental parts. The basic scoring is for 2 violins, viola and 2 cellos, with alternative 3rd violin replacing viola, and double bass ad lib for 2nd cello.

Additional parts 20p each

 

CMP 608

PIZZICATO FOR STRINGS - Richard Edwards (Trio or string ensemble)

£3.00

A very easy ensemble for 2 violins and cello, or for violin, viola and cello. Double bass ad lib.

Additional parts 20p each

 

CMP 609

LEGATO OSTINATO - Richard Edwards (Quintet or String ensemble)

£3.50

An easy ensemble with several options for instrumentation (parts included)

Additional parts 20p each

 

CMP 615

4 EASY PIECES from Don Juan - C.W. Gluck (Quartet or ensemble)

£4.50

Rachel Greenwood's arrangement of music from the ballet suite. Mostly in first position except for Violin 1 and a passage in Cello 1. There is an optional Violin 3 doubling Viola, an Easy Violin part for joining in the tuttis and double bass ad lib.

Additional parts 25p each

 

CMP 616

ALLEGRETTO from Beethoven's 7th Symphony (String orchestra)

£8.00

Arranged by Rachel Greenwood, this is an ideal piece for a school concert, skilfully adapted to suit inexperienced players. One advanced player is required to play the First Violin solo section, but the remaining parts are designed for Grade 3-6 players. Also includes Easy Violin and Easy Cello part ad lib, for incorporating inexperienced players.

Additional parts 30p each

 

CMP 617

SUITE for 6 Violins - Robert Ashfield

£8.00

Gavotte and Musette, Air, Saltarello - A most substantial work in three movements for the splendid combination of 6 violins.

Additional parts 40p each

 

CMP 621

A WILD WEST MEDLEY (2 Violins and Piano, Cello or Bass ad lib)

£4.00

Arranged by Ian Gammie. Ten traditional American tunes in a continuous medley, ideal for a beginners' group in ensemble or playing one to a part.

Additional parts 30p each

 

CMP 622

POCO ADAGIO - J Haydn (String Ensemble)

£5.00

Arranged by Rachel Greenwood. Part of the Overture from the opera L'Infedelt Delusa, this is a warm lyrical piece arranged so that it is accessible to players of Grade 2-4. Can be played by quartet or string orchestra, with ad lib easy violin part (Grade 1), and Violin 3 doubling (or replacing) Viola.

Additional parts 25p each

 

CMP 627

NORWICH SUITE - John Gibbs (String Orchestra)

£5.00

A musical portrait of the composer's home town, designed for players Grade 2-4, with 3rd Violin as alternative to Viola. Mostly in the first position. 4 movements: Calm Waters, Polka, Elegy, Calypso

Additional parts 30p each

 

CMP 629

HALLING and SPRINGAR - Edvard Grieg (Violin or Viola Solo)

£2.75

Two unaccompanied pieces written in the style of Norwegian folk music to imitate the Hardanger fiddle and originally performed in the stage version of Peer Gynt. The edition includes violin and transposed viola versions.

 

CMP 632

CREEPING CAT by Rachel Greenwood

£4.50 and £3.50

Beginner's Violin, with Piano accompaniment. 16 graded pieces to develop fluency of the bow and fluency of the musical mind. Starting with open strings and gradually working around first position, the pieces require musical and technical thought without ever being daunting for young fingers. Each piece has a playful illustration (by Desmond Green) which can be coloured in by the children. Suitable for group or individual lessons. Hints for the teacher included in the score.

Teacher's score CMP 632 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£4.50

Pupil's violin book with music and pictures CMP 632-V £3.50 each

 

CMP 640

TRIO Op 120 No 3 - Ferdinand Carulli (2 Violins and a Cello)

£3.25

Arranged by Ian Gammie for 2 violins and a cello. A pleasing trio from the early 19th century in an arrangement for Grade 2/3 players, with alternative parts for Viola or 3rd Violin included in the basic set. Score & single set of parts.

Grade 2-3

additional parts 20p each

 

CMP 641

EASY QUARTET MOVEMENTS - Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)

£3.25

All the parts are in first position, with alternative 3rd violin instead of viola.

Additional parts 20p each

 

CMP 642

THE SPORADES SUITE - Stephen M Horn (3 Violins)

£4.00

A trip to the Greek Islands, lots of sun and fun for Grade 2/3 players. Four pieces based in the idiom of popular Greek dances. Alternative editions (one transposed for 3 violas and one for 3 cellos) are also available. See also CMP 642V and CMP 642C

Additional parts 30p each

 

CMP 642C

THE SPORADES SUITE - Stephen M Horn (3 Cellos)

£4.00

A trip to the Greek Islands, lots of sun and fun for Grade 2/3 players. Four pieces based in the idiom of popular Greek dances. For alternative editions (for 3 violas or for 3 violins): See also CMP 642 and CMP 642V

Additional parts 30p each

 

CMP 642V

THE SPORADES SUITE - Stephen M Horn (3 Violas)

£4.00

A trip to the Greek Islands, lots of sun and fun for Grade 2/3 players. Four pieces based in the idiom of popular Greek dances. For alternative editions (for 3 violins or for 3 cellos): See also CMP 642 and CMP 642C

Additional parts 30p each

 

CMP 645

BRATSCHENTANZ - Ian Gammie (4-5 violas or large ensemble)

£4.00

A vigorous dance in 6/8 time for viola quartet with option of guitar or "rhythm viola" accompaniment, plus cello or bass ad lib. Can also be performed with 1 violin and 3 violas.

additional parts 30p each

 

CMP 646

A WIZARD IDEA - Jean Hickson (Junior Violin Ensemble)

£3.50 and £2.50

(see below)

A Musical Adventure originally written as a play for Suzuki pupils but suitable for any group of string players aged 4 - 8. A series of mini adventures with musical leitmotifs played by the children as they enact them. Can include non-playing children as well. Piano score for teacher and narrator, separate part books with words, music and pictures to be coloured in by the children. Recorders and percussion can be used ad lib.

CMP 646 Teachers/Narrator's score £3.50 - and CMP 646A Pupil's book with words, music and pictures £2.50 each

 

CMP 647

6 EASY COUNTRY DANCES - Paul Mace (Mixed Ensemble)

£7.50

Dances from 17th century England, arranged to provide any possible combination of instruments from solo with piano accompaniment to full string band plus wind instruments and percussion ad lib, ideal for school ensembles of mixed abilities, from beginners to Grade 3.

Grades 1 - 3

Additional parts 65p each

 

CMP 661

ELIZABETHAN DUOS arranged for 2 Violas

£4.00

Thirteen delightful tunes from the late 16th and early 17th century arranged for players of intermediate ability (upper part approx Grade 5, lower part approx. Grade 3 - 4).

 

CMP 665

POLKA by Robin Wedderburn for 2 Violins, Cello and Piano, with additional parts for viola and double bass, ad lib

£4.75

A light-hearted and rumbustious dance for string ensemble with obbligato piano part. The string parts are in first position, the optional viola part more or less doubles the 2nd violin, the bass is desirable but not obligatory. Highly suitable for large ensembles as well as one to a part.

extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 150

SONATA in A MAJOR - C.F. Abel

£3.50

Composed c 1759 for Violin (or Flute) with basso continuo, the basso part here arrranged for 2 Guitars (solo part also available for cello or viola). A relatively easy late baroque sonata in three movements, with alternative parts for different solo instruments, the guitars playing as continuo. Can also be adapted to be played with single guitar as accompanist.

extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 416-A

TRIOS from SHAKESPEARE'S DAY (Violin, Viola and Cello

£4.00

Arranged by Ian Gammie. Seven popular tunes which are either performed in or referred to in the Bard's plays. Score and parts.

See also CMP 416a in the Early Music Catalogue

 

CMP 419

18 FOUR PART AYRES - John Jenkins (2 trebles, tenor and bass)

£13.00

A selection of works (almost all from Christ Church, Oxford MSS 367-70) with two equal treble parts edited by Dr Andrew Ashbee. Suitable for viols or violins; there is an editorial continuo part and a tenor part available in either alto or octave/treble clef (available as optional extra). Also available with the same catalogue number is an arrangement for 2 violins, viola and cello, with a keyboard continuo ad lib and an alternative Violin 3 to replace Viola. Please specify clearly the parts you require when you order.


 

CMP 423a

AIRES FOR FOUR PART CONSORT : Book 1 - John Jenkins

£12.50

For treble, alto, tenor and bass.) 13 pieces edited by David Pinto and grouped by key into two suites (from Christ Church, Oxford MSS 367-70). For the classic four-part viol consort of treble, 2 tenors and bass, with additional treble clef parts for Altus and Tenor for use with wind instruments, and an editorial continuo part. Ideal pieces for combining with the four-part fantasies. Also available for Violin, 2 Violas and Cello.

Score and parts

 

CMP 423b

AIRES FOR FOUR PART CONSORT : Book 2 - John Jenkins

£12.50

For treble, alto, tenor and bass.) 12 more pieces edited by David Pinto and grouped by key into two more suites as a continuation of CMP 423a. For the classic four-part viol consort of treble, 2 tenors and bass, with additional treble clef parts for Altus and Tenor for use with wind instruments, and an editorial continuo part. Also available for Violin, 2 Violas and Cello

Score and parts

 

CMP 427

SONATA in F# MINOR : G.P. Telemann (violin and basso continuo)

£5.50

Edited by Ian Payne. This is the first modern edition of TWV 41 fis 2, an original work for violin. Continuo can be played from the figured bass or from the editor's realisation which is based on the principles of continuo realisation defined by Telemann himself in Generalbass-übungen (Hamburg 1733-35). Score and parts. See also CMP 427G

 

CMP 438

12 COUNTRY DANCES and 6 COTILLIONS

£6.00

for 2 violins and a cello. Charles Dibdin wrote these 18 dances for the Shakespeare Jubilee celebrations of 1769. They all have titles referring to the plays or to Shakespearean characters; in addition, each dance has the original dancing instructions. The 2-part original is violin and bass, but an editorial 2nd violin part is provided for larger ensemble use or as right hand part of an ad lib keyboard accompaniment. Score and parts included.

 

CMP 441

LILLIBURLERO MEDLEY (4 part viols or recorders)

£4.50

A sizzling selection of Playford dance tunes from the late 17th century, arranged into a foot-tapping medley by Roderick Skeaping. Also available for 2 Violins,. Viola and Cello.


CMP 443

12 COUNTRY DANCES and 3 CAPRICCIOS - The Earl of Abingdon

£4.50

For 2 violins and a cello. A highly entertaining set of Georgian dances (c.1787), typical of the domestic music from the era of Jane Austen. Originally intended for two flutes and a bass, they will fit most treble instruments. Keyboard ad lib from score. Score and parts

 

GP 3b

THE LITTLE CONSORT : Books 6-10 - Matthew Locke (Violin, Viola, Cello)

£9.50

17th century ensemble music. Edited by I Gammie and intended either for viols or string trio. Complete set of parts (no score), all the suites are in 4 movements: Pavan-Air-Courant-Sarabande

 

SBM S018

SERENATA Opus 6 - Toselli (Violin or flute and guitar)

£4.00

A mellifluous concert piece with alternative arrangements for flute or violin included. Arranged by Stuart McGowan.

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