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Maiden's Rescue


Maiden's Rescue, in D Major, includes note and rest values limited to quarter notes/rests, half notes, and whole rests. It can be successfully performed at a range of tempos, depending on the experience level of the orchestra. Rather than writing for 1st and 2nd violins, this piece features a single violin part.

Jeremy Woolstenhulme composed this work for his beginning string orchestra. He decided that it should be a programmatic work accompanied by a short story and artwork. Once students became comfortable with the music and story, Mr. Woolstenhulme assigned an art project to them! Some samples of their work are printed in this publication. Connecting music, creative writing, and visual arts strengthened the entire experience and students definitely enjoyed the process. Approx. time - 2:00

Steps to Successful Literature presents exceptional performance pieces - concert and festival works for beginning to intermediate string orchestras. Each piece is correlated with a specific location in String BasicsTM Books 1 or 2. Literature reinforces musical skills, concepts, and terms introduced in the method. Sometimes, a few new concepts are included and are officially introduced and defined in the score and parts. Each string orchestra work offers extended learning opportunities and briefly taps into one or more elements related to common core state standards.