String Quintet or String Orchestra – Ding Dong Merrily on High
This is a string arrangement of my brand new and somewhat quirky arrangement of the well-known Christmas Carol. It is suitable for either string quintet or for string orchestra.
I’ve given the viola and cello some of the spotlight in this setting.
At letter D the music slips into a Jazz Waltz style and it is important to
swing the quavers to gt the full effect, which produces some
interesting results. and at letter F, we find ourselves creating a
little Hocket, with fragments of the tune passed around the enemble –
but without it losing any of its cohesion.
At letter G the music returns (almost) to normal. and this reprise leads to the end.
Please pay attention to all the articulations and slurs, which are very specific to create the effects.
If you are bored with the traditional settings, then this is for you.
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