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Fiddle Tune and Ostinato Mysteriato (Timo Jarvela) for String Orchestra

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Instrumentation: Vln 1, Vln 2, Vln 3/Vla, Cello, Bass, Piano

Durations: 1:20 & 2:30 minutes (approx.)

Grade 1 - 1.5

Level 3 Curriculum IM Strings - DET EQ. 

Fiddle Tune is based on a simple yet effective tune that aims to get young bow arms moving. Most of the piece is in unison, and the keys used (A and D major) mean finger patterns are easily transferred to adjacent strings. Octave harmonics provide an opportunity to keep left hands mobile, but are not necessary to perform the piece. An optional tacet at 'B' in some or all the parts (except celli and bass) can provide a nice change in texture. The 'pizz 'n slap' accompaniment by the celli and basses in
combination with an accelerando provides a final challenge in coordination and brings the piece to an exciting conclusion!

As the name suggests, Ostinato Mysteriato is based on a short ostinato pattern which is passed around the orchestra. The mixolydian tonality based on 'A' makes for a mature sounding piece at the 'easy end' of the spectrum, which may also suit slightly older players in the early stages of learning. Independence of melodic parts and rhythmic elements provide some challenge to young players. The piano part, while optional, adds a nice touch to the piece.

About the Composer:

Since 1995 Timo Jarvela has taught string playing in numerous primary and secondary schools in the Pine Rivers, Redcliffe and Caboolture districts just north of Brisbane. His teaching experience also includes a year spent teaching violin in the Kaustinen Shire of his native Finland during 1993-1994. Timo’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Qld Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. As a violinist, Timo has performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras including the Qld Symphony Orchestra, the Qld Philharmonic Orchestra and the Qld Youth Orchestra. In 1996, Timo founded the Pine Rivers Area String Orchestra to promote string playing in his local community. PRASO was central to Timo’s aim of providing young string players with musical opportunities through a variety of ensembles, ranging from fiddle bands to chamber orchestras. Since 2013 these ensembles have come under the banner of MYME (Moreton Youth Music Ensembles), reflecting the change of name in the shire. In 2003, Timo was awarded the Pine Rivers Shire Council’s Australia Day Cultural Award for his services to music in the community.

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