Sparrowhawk Tango (for strings)

Duration 3 minutes.

This short piece was inspired by my many sightings and observations of sparrowhawks in their behaviour,  hunting techniques and how they fly and soar. They appear to “Tango” with their prey. For me the Tango is a passionately agressive dance with no negotiation. If you are a small creature caught by a sparrowhawk there is also no negotiation!

There are now 2 junior string orchestra arrangements of this piece available;

Standard Arrangement; for violins 1 and 2, viola, cello and double bass
School arrangement; for violins 1, 2 and 3, cello 1 and 2.

There are also 2 further arrangements available:

Piano Solo

Flute, Violin and Piano

Recording by Banda Di Musica. Conducted by Gary Woolf.

Youth Orchestra Arrangement:

There is now an orchestral version of this piece available. The instrumentation is as follows:

Flutes 1&2, 1 Oboe, Clarinets 1&2 in Bflat, 1 Bass Clarinet in Bflat (to low C), 1 Bassoon, 1 Eflat Alto Saxophone.

Trumpets 1&2 in Bflat

2 Pedal Timpani, Side Drum, Bongos – 1 set, 1 Conga, 1 Suspended Cymbal (played with soft stick throughout), Maracas, Tambourine, Triangle.

Violins 1,2 & 3, Cello 1 & 2

And for Flute, Cello and Piano! Flute – Madeleine Eckervogt, Cello – Luise Bulte, Piano – Carla Bulte

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