1. Café Calypso
This is a simple opener for the book.
Here is a good string orchestra piece if you combine violin, viola and cello parts. It works well with any combination of parts, including solo with CD.
A gentle and emotive piece to focus on tone, vibrato and intonation.
An old favourite.
5. Dona Nobis Pacem
This makes for a nice song, though it goes quite high.
A jolly Scottish reel.
This is a great concert number for groups, especially if you have all the instruments covered.
Based on how music is presented to ‘big bands’, this piece offers flexibility for large groups and an opportunity to improvise. I like to teach the easy stuff first (the Bass Line and the Backing) to ensure everyone is included.
This piece works well as a solo number with the possibility to expand the ensemble. Sections A, B and C can be played simultaneously, and there is also an easy bass line. I ask for a strong sound and clear intonation to be the focus. Finding new left-hand positions in Section A is also an area to explore.
10. Free Wheeling
The middle section of this piece uses Sautillé bowing.
11. Changing Tides
The first piece in 12/8, this piece focuses on legato technique.
This is the melody that can accompany the version in Book 1.
13. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
An old favourite, with both a difficult and easy accompaniment option.
This piece helps to formalise the back-extension.
This piece is really a study in arpeggios, cunningly disguised as a fun piece. The middle section covers almost every hand shape in first position, sandwiched between two much easier melodic sections.
16. Panis Angelicus
An old favourite that makes for a great concert item.
This item was adapted from a sonata for cello by Stephen Paxton (1735-1787).
This unaccompanied duet of equal parts is quite tricky but a pleasant challenge none the less.
19. Wind Chimes
This simple piece explores shifting from first to third position with an oriental flavour.
This is an arrangement of this classic item from the Nutcracker.
Requested by one of my pupils, this arrangement offers the opportunity to explore new hand positions.
22. Saint-Saëns Finale
This is a simple arrangement of this popularised finale.
23. Brahms Finale
This works well with a large ensemble including cellos.
24. Tango Por Una Cabeza
A good number for soloists, solo duets, or ensembles.
An arrangement of a popular favourite.
26. The Jammy Dodger
A fun piece with jovial outer sections and a more lyrical middle section.
This mock Corelli concerto includes lots of passage-work sections that work to hone the skills developed throughout the book.
To end this book, this piece offers flexibility with various performing options.