A String-Quartet Arrangement You Won’t Be Able to Forget

Immortalized in a classic ’80s movie, Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ finds its groove decades later

The Scottish rock band Simple Minds’ hit “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is the quintessential ’80s pop song, due not only to its inherent catchiness, but also its inclusion on the soundtrack from the definitive ’80s film The Breakfast Club. Propelled by a big drumbeat and lots of synthesizers, the original song presents a chal­lenge to a string quartet to keep the energy flowing forward with­out pushing the tempo too fast. Harness the dark, romantic teen angst by finding the right tempo (around 110 beats per minute) and stick to it—don’t let the pulsing 16th notes cause the ensemble to rush.

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*This article appeared in Strings February 2012
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