STRING ORCHESTRA

This collection is especially intended for use by schools, universities, conductors and teachers.  ‘String orchestra’ here refers to music of at least 4 parts that includes a contrabass part or that has a bass line that can be played by the contrabass.  Concertos with string orchestra are included, as well as string pieces of less common scoring, such as the Pachelbel canon.  Major composers represented include Bach, Corelli, Dvorak, Elgar, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Purcell, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi.  Highly contrapuntal music is featured for its mental-musical benefits.  Parts are duplex-printable when feasible and letter-sized–but with no or minimal reduction in note-size (each page required individual adjustment!). Unaltered, A4-size pages may benefit from a 2% reduction in size when printing.

Check http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:For_strings  for other works, usually not processed by me (JDH).

NB: Strings are often divisi.

All pieces are in the public domain or published with a Creative Commons 3.0 license.  Please contact me about any errors, or to comment: johnhoward at alum.swarthmore.edu

The initial 9 titles below link to 9 zipped folders;  each folder contains many works and is of large size: 20-32mb.  PDF list of all the pieces in these 9 folders:  A LIST of Works for String Orchestra (& Contrabass Quintet)  

Newly added pieces will appear at the top of the list (but after the initial 9 titles and any REVISIONS–e.g., the 10th-13th items on this list–of any piece whose original is present in one of the 9 zipped folders) .

  1. ALBINONI to BACH.ZIP
  2. CHELLERI–FIOCCO.ZIP
  3. FREDERICK II–KALINNIKOV.ZIP
  4. INDIVIDUAL pieces string orchestra–other.ZIP
  5. MANOOKIAN–MENDELSSOHN.ZIP
  6. MOOR–SCHUMANN.ZIP
  7. SIBELIUS–TCHAIKOVSKY.ZIP
  8. TELEMANN–VIVALDI-I.ZIP
  9. VIVALDI-II–WILSON.ZIP
  10. BACH ‘Great’ Fugue in g bwv 542 including CORRECTED VIOLA PART
  11. VIVALDI Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, RV 522 VN II solo IMPROVED (see 9. above)
  12. VIVALDI Violin Concerto in a Op3-6 RV 356  (see 9. above)
  13. GRIEG Holberg Suite Op. 40, PARTS and SCORE  (see 3. above)
  1. FUCHS Serenade 1 Op. 9 str orch SCORE to PRINT  
  2. FUCHS Serenade 1 Op. 9 str orch PARTS 
  3. FUCHS Serenade 1 Op. 9 str orch SCORE for READING