by Barbara Boscaino Tamburro


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Great Music For String Orchestra

A Conductor’s Guide to Program Development
Featuring the Top 100 Intermediate and Advanced Works

This comprehensive guide of intermediate and advanced repertoire highlights 100 of the best compositions and arrangements in print. Annotated in detail–metric and key design, performance and program notes, alternate choices of music–it represents all styles of classical and popular music. A grading scale considers both stylistic and technical challenges. Performance topics include repertoire selection, program design, rehearsal techniques, and score preparation. Music lists from the Renaissance, string folios, patriotic music arranged for string orchestra, and a current contact list of publishers/distributors are included. An invaluable resource for the string teacher, performer and conductor.

“…a valuable and long-awaited resource for teachers and conductors of string orchestras. The program notes and alternate repertoire suggestions are extremely helpful.”

Louis Kosma, String bassist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Conductor, Vermont Philharmonic and Youth Orchestras of Essex County

“…a definitive book on string music which promotes jazz string playing as a profession by identifying great string jazz charts and encouraging improvisation among all instrumentalists of the string orchestra. A must read for all musicians!”

Bucky Pizzarelli, Jazz guitarist and recording artist

“This is a rare opportunity to explore the lesser known treasures of the string orchestra repertoire. From Renaissance to Rock, Dr. Tamburro has provided us with a highly detailed an enjoyable bibliography.”

Michael Tree, Violist and founding member, Guarneri String Quartet

“…a wonderful and long needed bibliography….a very useful tool for the string teacher and conductor of strings in our American schools.”

Jerome L. Landsman, Emeritus Professor of Music, Montclair State University

“Dr. Tamburro has assembled an amazingly comprehensive collection and analysis of string orchestra repertoire.  It will be a terrific addition

to any educator’s library.”

Stephen Oremus, Music Supervisor/Arranger of Broadway Musical WICKED

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