John Raymond Howell

Suite in Five Moods

InstrumentationString Orchestra
LengthApproximately 8:00
DifficultyModerately easy to moderate (Grade 3 - 3 1/2)
CommentsSuite for string orchestra in five short movements depicting five contrasting moods. Modal and contrapuntal. Movements: Strolling, Wishing, Thinking, Longing, Insisting. All parts share melodic material and interest. Especially suitable for community, college, high school or advanced middle school orchestras.
SourcesCastle Enterprises, Robert L. Stoskopf, 3478-B Pleasantbrook Village Lane, Atlanta, Georgia 30340-5661 U.S.A.
Phone (770) 414-1577.
FAX (770) 414-9832.
Available mid-July, 2000.
ExtrasFor a perusal score and/or (not very good) perusal tape, please contact Castle Enterprises.
HistoryOriginated as a series of composition exercises assigned by Dr. George Thadeus Jones at The Catholic University of America in 1960. Recast for string quartet 1965, for SATB recorder quartet 1993. Recast for string orchestra with added bass part for the Blacksburg Community Strings, 1999, premiered in this form May 15, 2000.
ContributorJohn Raymond Howell, Associate Professor of Music,Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech),Blacksburg, Virginia.
Address: 401 Ridgeview Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060-5043
Phone: (540) 953-1928 home, (540) 231-8411 school
FAX: (540) 231-5034
OtherAlso suitable for string quartet or string orchestra minus basses. Bass part is independent and carries musical elements not in the other parts, but the original form of the piece did not include this part.

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