View Full Version : Can you suggest a piece with great strings development?

02-15-2016, 11:33 PM
Hi all, do you have a good suggestion or two for a piece of music with good strings arrangement and melodic development? Mainly soundtracks, but other styles are fine.

Trying to study and elaborate.
Many thanks.

02-16-2016, 01:43 AM
How about "A small measure of peace" from The Last Samurai soundtrack?

02-16-2016, 01:55 AM
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. It's just as filmy as any other film music.

02-16-2016, 04:40 AM
Off the top of my head I can think of 2 classical pieces, but fairly "cinematic" sounding

Richard Strauss - Matamorphosen

Gustav Mahler - Adagietto from Symphony no. 5

02-17-2016, 03:35 AM
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. It's just as filmy as any other film music.

Make sure you have a tissue box spare

02-17-2016, 05:13 AM
Make sure you have a tissue box spare

My old roommate and I would always play it whenever food was taking to long to deliver and just stare out the window :p

02-17-2016, 05:24 AM


02-17-2016, 10:37 AM
arrival of the birds

02-17-2016, 02:57 PM
I have always found Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrpyayMMP0g) a remarkable piece of string composition.

02-18-2016, 07:50 AM
I second the Barber recommendation.

For a dazzling study of fast playing and rapid bowing: Shaker Loops, by John Adams.

02-18-2016, 02:30 PM
I also recommend some amazing string orchestrations from Tchaikovsky: in particular Serenade for Strings Op. 48: Beautiful stuff. You can of course get the full score from IMSLP:
http://imslp.org/wiki/Serenade_for_String_Orchestra,_Op.48_(Tchaikovsky, _Pyotr)

If you REALLY want to try to stretch your wings, go ahead and take a look at the most fiendish violin concerto ever written (Tchaikovsky op. 35).

02-19-2016, 09:17 AM
Bruckner's 8th and 9th symphony are warmly recommended (high points of the romantic era); the Berlin Philharmonik's Digital Concert Hall has a complete video / audio recording of the complete 9 (including fourth movement) for its subscribers. The fourth movement was recently completed after decades of reconstructing Bruckner's notes (he never finished it himself).

For intricate string writing and unusual divisi also check out Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Score is available online at http://archives.nyphil.org/ (with handwritten marks by Leonard Bernstein; sadly with huge ugly clefs all over the pages to prevent unauthorized copying). There's also a copy available at the Petrucci Music Library (for EU only; in the US it is still in copyright).