The next four canons for string ensemble are in G Major. All of the rounds have one part doubled so they would be playable with only two parts. In score form, each tune also has an optional piano part for extra rehearsal options.
Go Bananas! is working the eighth, quarter, eighth syncopated pattern. It can be helpful to chant the rhythm as a teaching hook. “Bananas, bananas, Go (shh) Bananas!”
In Apple Pie the two eighth note, quarter note pattern is the hero of the day. Speak “Apple pie, apple pie” to get the hang of it.
Watermelon Wizard is the next tune in the collection. For this one, the violin and cello parts are doubled leaving the violists to shine as an independent part. The spellbinding rhythmic chant is, ” Watermelon Wizard, Watermelon Wizard, watermelon, watermelon, Watermelon Wizard!”
The fourth round is an entire Fruit Salad. I used “cherries, apples, cherries, grapes and watermelon, pears, pears, watermelon, peaches, cherries, apples, bananas,” but feel free to substitute fruits of your choice.
The sheet music for all four rounds is now available.
Listen to the canons here:
Thanks, Sophie for helping to make the Fruit Salad recording!
Canon status update: 8 new pieces this year. If you have forgotten, it started with
March of the Elephant, Cat’s Meow, Elf’s Dance and Penguin Party