On a Swing

Lauren Bernofsky (composer)


  • Violin 1
  • Violin 2
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Contrabass
  • Piano


Lauren Bernofsky wants young string players to love playing music, from the very beginning of their studies. Therefore, she likes writing early-level pieces that are fun, yet pedagogically helpful. “On a Swing” is played on only open strings, so students can focus on their bow holds and bowing without having to think about left-hand fingers. The piece gets its harmonic and rhythmic interest from the piano part. This work is dedicated to Sandy Mutchler, who fondly remembers her dear friend, the strings pedagogue Linda Luebke. The title and feel of the piece reflect the times they spent together on a porch swing. The back-and-forth motion of the swing is imitated in the up-and-down bows. Students should think of a relaxed, swinging motion with their bodies as they play this piece.
Ensemble: String Orchestra
Grade: 0.5
Duration: 1:33
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Product Type: Score and Parts
UPC: 6-80160-91771-6
ISBN: 978-1-4911-5913-2
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