THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER (for combined string orchestras)

attr. John Stafford Smith
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This is an arrangement written in 2006 for the combined, award-winning, literacy-based (European, non-Suzuki) Intermediate and Concert Orchestras at Edgar Odell Lovett Elementary School, in Houston’s upscale Meyerland community. As the score indicates, the various violin parts (1st, 2nd, 3rd, intermediate) can be distributed flexibly according to whatever provides the best balance with a given ensemble.

Performance problems are minimal for a group with a reasonable degree of technical mastery, working knowledge of basic music theory, and a reasonable level of reading proficiency. Some concentrated work may be necessary on the intermediate violin part, in which there are no open G notes but rather G-sharps, i.e., first-finger-low on the G. Players on that and other inner voices should perhaps be given some advance preparation for playing that accidental within their parts.

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attr. John Stafford Smith
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
String orchestra
Classical music

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