This piece is ideally suited to introducing half position. It does not complicate the learning with intricate rhythms, but focuses on the harmonies and melodic line, using low first fingers in all parts. Courtesy reminders are used here and there, to ensure that the students are prepared to place the hand correctly. This piece is dedicated to my dear friend, Tim Smetham, who is Assistant Head of the Junior School where I worked. Not only is he adept at solving all sorts of “minor matters” at school, he is also a very fine pianist and dear friend, who accompanied many of my string orchestras and students for over 25 years.
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The folio contains: Parts for string orchestra (8-8-4-4-5-2)