This page includes descriptions and links to recordings of Morgan's educational compositions. Winter Fantasia/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (2:22) winterfantasia.wav
This festive, holiday work is for strings, wood block and triangle. The lower strings begin with a foreboding melody as the upper strings play suspenseful tremelo. Next, an energetic jig is passed through the different instruments until the lower strings begin "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". Finally, these two melodies intertwine with driving compound duple rhythms, punctuated by wood block and triangle. A powerful ending will leave the musicians and audience satisfied and wanting more!
Young musicians will love the suspenseful introduction and the exultant excitement of the exposition and coda of this composition. Students will enjoy playing in the style of Mendelssohn and Beethoven in accessible key signatures, such as C Major and A minor. The variety of tempos will challenge the ensemble to follow the conductor and listen to one another. These twists and turns will be sure to keep each student engaged and interested in their part. Occasional divisi allows for advanced players to play in 3rd position in the violin, cello, bass and viola sections while the rest of the section plays the bottom line.
PDF of Score (parts are available upon request) classicalsinfonietta.pdf Morgan is available to add bowings, fingerings and other edits to cater to your string ensemble.
Fantasia begins with a rhythmic ostinato that is passed between the bass, celli, viola and 2nd violin sections, while the 1st violins have the melody. The melody is given to the celli and bass section before a traditional round ("Oh, How Lovely is the Evening") is passed around the ensemble. Fantasia ends with a fiery and rhythmic jig, with the melody from the beginning superimposed over rhythmic dotted 16th notes. The powerful and aggressive ending will surely leave the audience wanting more!
PDF of Score (parts are available upon request) fantasia_for_strings.pdf Morgan is available to add bowings, fingerings and other edits to cater to your string ensemble.