Old Becoming New: Little Known Gems of the String Orchestra Repertoire

Looking for new and exciting compositions for your string orchestra?

We know that conductors are constantly searching for interesting but valuable repertoire for their ensembles to play.  Selected by renowned arranger and educator, Sandra Dackow, our Little Known Gem series includes pieces that are perfect for concert, festival and competition performance but have been forgotten or "lost" in the mix of the vast history of string literature.

Click here to see program notes including rehearsal and performance strategies written by Sandra Dackow!

# Composer Title Grade Conference
01913 Bartok Dances of Transylvania 4+  2014 ASTA
10371 Bartok Ten Pieces for Children 2 2010 ASTA
07287 Bolzoni Minuet for Strings 4 (Moderately Difficult) 2016 ASTA
2016 TODA
01560 Bridge Suite for Strings 5+ or playable 6 (Advanced) 2015 ASTA
07158 Bull Solitude sur la Montagne 4 (Intermediate or Easy Advanced) 2015 ASTA
09873 Byrd The Carman's Whistle   2010 ASTA
13246 Chadwick Serenade in F for String Orchestra   2010 ASTA
10609 Dello Joio Air for Strings   2013 ASTA
11903 Fasch Symphony in A   2010 ASTA
08470 Foote Irish Folk Song 4 2014 ASTA
11105 Foote Serenade in E for String Orchestra, Op. 25 5 (Advanced, but Approachable) 2017 ASTA
13596 Fuchs Serenade No. 1 in D 6 (Advanced) 2016 ASTA
2016 TODA
05289 Gluck Symphony in G Major 3+ (Upper Intermediate) 2017 TODA
01549 Grainger Molly on the Shore 4+ or easy 5 2014 ASTA
10805 Grieg String Quartet in g minor, Op. 27 6 (Very Advanced) 2017 TODA
01954 Hanson Rhythmic Variations 3+ or easy 4 2015 ASTA
07066 Herbert Three Compositions for String Orchestra 5 2014 ASTA
2015 TODA
01150 Hovhaness Psalm and Fugue Op. 40a   2013 ASTA
10686 Husa Pastoral for Strings 4 (Moderately Difficult) 2016 ASTA
10274 Janacek Idyll 5+ or playable 6 (Advanced) 2015 ASTA
2017 TODA
11061 Janacek Suite for Strings 4+ 2011 ASTA
2016 TODA
08421 Kalinnikov Chanson Triste for Strings   2011 ASTA
13565 Kalinnikov Serenade for Strings in g minor 4 (Intermediate or Easy Advanced) 2014 TODA
2015 ASTA
01486 LeClair Sonata for String Orchestra 4 2010 ASTA
08325 Manfredini Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 12   2011 ASTA
10532 Mendelssohn Sinfonia No. VI in E-flat 5 2014 ASTA
2014 TODA
01494 Pachelbel Gigue (from Canon and Gigue) 3+ (Upper Intermediate or Intermediate) 2017 ASTA
09876 Parry An English Suite 5 2013 ASTA
2015 TODA
07232 Pierne Serenade for Strings Op. 7 4 2014 ASTA
01497 Pierne Suite of Dances: No. 2: Chanson de la Grand Maman 3 (Intermediate) 2017 ASTA
08446 Puccini Chrisanthemum for String Quartet 5 2011 ASTA
2014 TODA
05948 Purcell Double Dealer Suite 3+ (Upper Intermediate or Intermediate) 2016 ASTA
2017 TODA
11369 Reinecke

Serenade for String Orchestra

5 2010 ASTA
2011 ASTA
2014 TODA
11078 Reinecke Twelve Tone Pictures for Strings 4 (Moderately Difficult) 2016 ASTA
2016 TODA
13591 Respighi Suite in G Major for Strings and Organ 5 (Difficult) 2017 TODA
11362 Ricciotti Concertino No. 2 in G 4 2013 ASTA
2014 TODA
09879 Schreker Intermezzo Op. 8 5 (Technically) 4 (Musically) 2014 ASTA
2015 TODA
01616 Stamitz Three Mannheim Sinfonias 4+ 2013 ASTA
2015 TODA
11515 Still Danzas de Panama 4 2010 ASTA
2011 ASTA
2015 TODA
06781 Strauss Pizzicato Polka 3+ 2015 ASTA
2015 TODA
08667 Suk Serenade, Op. 6 for Strings 6 (Advanced, Professional) 2017 ASTA
2017 TODA
11724 Telemann Concerto for Two Violas and String in G 3+ (Upper Intermediate or Intermediate) 2017 ASTA
06865 Telemann Nations Ancient and Modern Overture   2011 ASTA
10848 Warlock Six Italian Dances 3 2016 TODA
2017 ASTA
10808 Wiren Serenade for Strings 5 2013 ASTA
2014 TODA
07658 Wolf-Ferrari Serenade for Strings 5+ (Difficult) 2016 ASTA
2016 TODA
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