Impressions of the Middle East – String Orchestra


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I wrote this piece after listening to the Herbie Mann album “Impressions of the Middle East” from 1967. I was intrigued with the sounds and styles he was able to blend together for that album. Since my compositions are marketed for school-based ensembles, I wanted to try my hand at creating a piece that had a Middle-Eastern vibe, by using a harmonic minor mode. This piece is written in D-Phrygian Dominant mode (scale degrees are as follows: 1, ♭2, 3, 4, 5, ♭6, ♭7). Look out for low 1, 2, and low 4 fingerings.

Violin I-II, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, Percussion instruments: Bongos, Tambourine, Triangle

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