Spin, Dreidel, Spin
This traditional Chanukah melody is arranged by Andrew Dabczynski to make it easily accessible to string orchestra students. The minor mode, harmonies and rhythms reflect authentic characteristics of Israeli folk music and introduce students to important musical concepts (our favorite being differences between second finger sharps and naturals.) The playing becomes faster and faster throughout the piece, and all the sections get their turn with this playful melody.
Christmas in the renaissance
Christmas in the Renaissance is a modern day mash up of three pieces ranging from the 1556-1588. Robert A. Curry takes the songs "Riu Riu Chiu," "Dadme Albricias Hijos d'eva" and "Ding Dong Merrilly on High" and blends them together with tambourine to make a pleasant arrangement. It features traditional renaissance harmonizations and the jaunty tempos keep true to the dance-like nature of the original pieces.
A La Media Noche
This Puerto Rican Carol is subtitled "At Midnight." Aguinaldos is the Puerto Rican name for Christmas songs. Some of the songs are very religious and these are called villancicos. Some have a criollo flavor and they are called décimas navideñas. The rest are either traditional aguinaldos or popular Christmas songs. Our arrangment of A la Media Noche continues the upbeat tempo of the piece as well as including some festively spicey additions to our bass players' parts!