The massive 2009 hit by Owl City, ‘Fireflies’. This is faithful to the original, including the repeated synth hook which is shared between the first and second violins. There are interesting rhythms, and position work for the viola too. Great to a concert, wedding or other event. Arranged by professional arranger and composer Dury Loveridge.
A timeless song in which two voices declare unending love for each other, this was Lionel Richie’s highest charting single, and the highest selling single of Diana Ross’ career. Originally written for the film of the same name, it has had lots of cover versions over the years, including Mariah Carey, Kenny Rogers and Shania Twain. This arrangement is true to the original, with the violins taking the vocal lines, whilst the viola and cello share arpeggio patterns filling out the piano harmonies of the song in its careful harmonisation. This arrangement, by professional arranger and cellist Dury Loveridge, has something for everyone in a rich-sounding adaptation sure to be a favourite at any wedding or special occasion. .
The massive 1997 hit by The Foo Fighters, ‘Everlong’, faithfully arranged for string quartet. Dave Grohl wrote this song as a love song, saying “That song’s about a girl that I’d fallen in love with and it was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonize perfectly.” It’s been featured numerous times in films and tv, and is a firm favourite at weddings thanks to its appearance in episode of ‘Friends’ where Monica and Chandler marry. This version keeps all of the rhythmic drive of the drum beat with octave snaps in the cello, with some great rhythms for the inner parts too.
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Ever-present towards the top of any top 100 rock or metal songs, and featured in a surprising number of films from The Muppets and the Smurfs to The Sopranos and Black Hawk Down, this has to be one of the most iconic riffs of all time. This is faithful to the original song in terms of structure and weighting given to the riff, and even includes a (slightly simplified) version of the guitar solo in the central section. There’s plenty for every player here, and a lot of unison and paired playing too. Arranged by professional arranger and cellist Dury Loveridge.
The Bacharach and David hit, originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1966. A timeless classic, featured in many movies, and a perfect song for weddings, parties and events. Faithfully arranged, this version has the gently rhythmic drive of the original, with a nice building of harmonies into the chorus. Arranged by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge.
The third single from Jackson’s 1982 album ‘Thriller’, Beat It is one of the most recognizable riffs of all time. This arrangement has something for all parts, whilst retaining that ‘chunky’ sound of the synths. Faithful to the original song, but minus Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo near the end, the parts fall easily under the fingers and are enjoyably playable. Arranged by professional cellist and composer Dury Loveridge, this is a great addition to any string quartet’s repertoire.
Originally written for the 1998 Romance ‘City of Angels’, starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan, this is the Goo Goo Dolls biggest hit. Listed at 39 in Rolling Stone’s greatest rock songs of all time, it is a great inclusion at any wedding or function. Arranged by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge, this is faithfully arranged with just a slightly thicker scoring for string quartet than the original’s bare mandolin-esque repeated notes.
Queen’s massive 1979 hit ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, which Freddie Mercury later claimed to have written in ‘just five to ten minutes’. Still a hugely popular song, it’s perfect for weddings and functions. This version is faithful to the original, with the inner parts driving that shuffle guitar riff. The cello part can be optional pizz, if you want a true double bass sound too. Arranged by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge.
Michael Buble’s massive 2009 hit, Haven’t Met You Yet, arranged for string quartet. Faithful to the original, but transposed down a semi-tone to a much more playable C major and G major (from the original C#), this is a massive hit at weddings and drinks receptions and certain to get everyone’s toes tapping. The tune remains in the 1st violin, with some a few moments of interest for the inner parts in the middle instrumental, and plenty for the cellist to get stuck into.
James Horner’s beautiful melody from the film Braveheart. A favorite for weddings, this is true to the original, which is itself a more delicate treating of the main Braveheart theme. It includes the tempo change to the quicker middle section, with something for each player to enjoy. Great for weddings, functions or school concerts. Arranged by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge.