BEAUTIFUL AND ORIGINAL SHEET MUSIC FOR BEGINNER STRINGS OF ALL AGES

MOONLIGHT OVER THE OCEAN

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An Ensemble Piece for String Quartet, Optional Violin 3 and Piano

 

Standard: Moderate

 

Running time: 2 mins 20

 

“...we sat on the beach one evening. The moon was high in the sky, shining down on the tranquil sea… I imagined the roll of the ocean further out, how that would look with the moon shining on the water...”

  • What you will receive....

    Your download will contain a PDF of the score and parts, an MP3 recording of the full piece and a further MP3 of the piano part which can aid rehearsal and be used as a backing track for a performance. 

     

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  • About the piece

    VISION

     

    While on holiday in France, we sat on the beach late at night one evening. The moon was high in the sky, shining down on the tranquil sea. As I sat there, listening to the sound of the waves breaking in the shallows, the rub of the shingle as the water pulled back, I imagined the roll of the ocean further out to sea...how that would look with the moon shining on the water. The image I conjured up stayed with me and I was inspired to try and describe it in a piece of music. This is the result.

     

    PERFORMANCE NOTES

     

    It is written for string quartet and piano, although there is an optional third violin part that could be used if there was no viola player.
    ‘Moonlight...’ can be played with the recorded piano part. The piano part is never static and so it is a good part for the strings to play along with.

     

    The music in the easy key of D major, with a G major section in the middle. It is fairly easy for the strings but it does have some techniques that complete beginners might find a little challenging.

     

    Triplets are a feature. The viola/violin3 begins with the triplet feature and there is a central section where the three lower strings play snippets of triplet arpeggios, passing them from one to another. Given that the piece itself is not long, time can be taken to perfect this section.

     

    The other challenging feature in ‘Moonlight...’ is the use of natural harmonics. I feel it is never too early to introduce harmonics to a beginner string player. The harmonics appear right in the opening section, helping to set the mood, a feeling of beauty and calm. One or two of the harmonics could be played more simply by using open strings, but the others need to be natural harmonics.

     

    The PDF contains further information on the execution of the harmonics.