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Suggested Books for Primary Class Pieces
ASTA Syllabus Level I
All for Strings by Robert Frost, Volumes 1 and 2
Fairfield Fiddle Farm, Beginning Fiddle Book
Solos for Young Violinists, B. Barber, beg. half of Vol. 1
Strictly Strings, Volumes 1 and 2
StringBuilder, Volumes 1 and 2 by Samuel Applebaum
String Festival Solos, Arr. by Applebaum for all Strings
Suzuki Volume 1 to beginning half of Volume 2
The Fiddle Club, Barrage Collection Volume 1
Pre-Primary Class (with no more than one year of study as of March 1 of Festival year) Two folk songs or other selections between 12 and 20 measures each.
Examples: Boil the Cabbage, Mary Had a Little Lamb from Fiddle Farm, Twinkle Variation, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, French Folk Song from Suzuki Book 1.
Primary I Class – Two pieces with contrasting moods such as found in any first year method book.
Examples: Allegro, Perpetual Motion, Andantino from Suzuki Book 1, Camptown Races, Yellow Rose of Texas from Fiddle Farm
Primary II Class – Two Pieces, one of which requires dynamic contrast and phrasing.
Examples: A Bach Minuet, Gavotte by Gossec from Suzuki Book 1, Red Wing, Paddy on the Turnpike from Fiddle Farm
Primary III Class – Two pieces, one of which is by a Baroque composer such as Handel
Examples: Chorus or Bourree by Handel, Musette by Bach in Suzuki Book 2
Primary IV Class – Two pieces, one of which uses slurs and accidentals
Examples: Waltz, Hunter’s Chorus, Witches Dance from Suzuki Book 2.
Suggested Books for Elementary Class Pieces
ASTA Syllabus Level 2 and 3
Bass is Best by Emery/Slatford
First Solos from the Classics by Samuel Applebaum
Let Us Have Music for Violin, Volume 1 or 2, arr. Perlman, Carl Fischer publication
Mel Bay’s Deluxe Fiddling Method by Craig Duncan
Solos for Young Violinists, Barbara Barber, Volume 1 & 2
Suzuki Volumes 2, 3 and 4
The Fiddle Club, Barrage Collection Volume 1 and 2
Viola and Piano, arr. Herfurth-deVeritch, The Willis Music Company
Elementary I Class – Two pieces, one of which has a minor section
Example: Two Grenadiers, Gavotte from “Mignon”, Gavotte by Becker, and Bourree by Bach from Suzuki Books 2 & 3.
Elementary II Class – Two pieces, one of which contains doublestops
Examples: Ragtime Annie, Orange Blossom Special, Wake Up Suzy Reel in Fiddle Farm Hungarian Dance No. 5 and William Tell from Let Us Have Music, Vol. 1 3rd movement of the Seitz Concerto in Suzuki Vol,4, Sarabande by Bohm for violin or viola.
Elementary III Class – Two pieces, one of which is by a classical composer such as Mozart, Boccherini, or Haydn.
Examples: Minuet by Boccherini in Suzuki Book 2 Andante from Surprise Symphony by Haydn Minuet in A or C by Mozart, from First Solos from the Classics by Applebaum.
Elementary IV Class – Two pieces, one of which uses either left or right hand pizzicato.
Examples with left hand pizzicato: Puppet Show by Trott, Boy Paganini by Mollenhauer, Souvenir de Sarasate by Potstock
Examples with right hand pizzicato:Two Guitars from Let Us Have Music, Vol 1.
Suggested Books for Medium Class Pieces
20 Progressive Solos by Applebaum for violin, viola or cello
ASTA Syllabus Level 4
Suzuki Books, Volumes 4, 5 and 6
Solos for Young Violinists, Barbara Barber, Vol. 2 & 3
Solos for the Violin Player, arr. Gingold, Pub. Schirmer
Cellist’s Favorite Contest Pieces, arr. Collier
Medium I Class – Two pieces, one of which requires position shifting and/or uses natural harmonics.
Examples: Berceuse by Schubert for ‘cello, La Cinquaintaine by Gabriel-Marie for violin or ‘cello, Allegro Spiritoso by Senaille for violin or viola
Medium II Class – Two pieces, one of which requires arpeggios or scale passages into the higher positions.
Examples: Adoration by Borowski for violin or viola, Danse Rustique by Squire for ‘cello, Spinning Wheel by Rubenstein for viola
Medium III Class – Two pieces, one of which is by a romantic composer such as Dvorak, Brahms, or Schubert.
Examples: Adagio on Celtic Melodies by Bruch for ‘cello and piano, Dvorak Sonatina movement, op. 100 for violin, Romance Joubilee by Liszt for Viola, Schubert Sonatina movement, op. 137 for violin, Vocalise by Rachmanioff, arr. for all strings
Advanced and Difficult Level
Suggested Books for Advanced and Difficult Class Pieces
37 Pieces You Like to Play for Violin, pub. Schirmer
ASTA Syllabus Level 5 and 6
Cellist’s Solo Album, pub. Carl Fisher
Cello Song by J. Lloyd Webber, pub. Chester
The Fritz Kreisler Collection or Volume 1 or Volume 2
Solos for Young Violinists, Barbara Barber, Volumes 4, 5 and 6
Suzuki Volumes 6 through 8
Virtuoso Violist, arr. Primrose, pub. Schirmer
Difficult I Class – Two pieces, one of which is a sonata movement.
Examples: Beethoven “Spring” Sonata for violin, Brahms Sonata for viola or ‘cell, Locatelli Sonata in g minor arr. for viola by Doktor, Schubert “Arpeggione” Sonata arr. for viola, ‘cello and contrabass
Difficult II Class
Example: Bach Suite movement for viola, ‘cello or contrabass using triple stops, Czardas by Monti for violin, Roumanian Dance #3 by Bartok for violin
Advanced I Class – Two pieces one of which is by a 20th century composer such as Gershwin, Copland, Bloch, or Kabalevsky.
Examples: Hoedown by Copland for violin, Kabalevsky Concerto movement for violin or cello, Koussevitzky Chanson Triste or Concerto for contrabass, Suite Heraique by Bloch for viola or contrabass
Advanced II Class – Two pieces which require advanced technical and musical skills suitable for college auditions.
Examples: Beethoven Romance, op. 50 for contrabass, pub. International, Elegy by Faure for viola, ‘cello or contrabass, Hungarian Dance No. 2 by Brahms for Violin (Gingold, Solos for Violin), Kol Nidrei by Bruch for ‘cello, viola, violin or contrabass, Romance by Bruch for viola
Ensemble Event (may use music)
*Duets to Quartets* the same music may also be used for string ensembles, such as having a ‘cello groupdivided into harmony on duet music.
Each student pays an entry fee up through quartets and each student receives a certificate and Gold Cup points. String Ensembles pay one entry fee and only one certificate is presented to the group. If a student plays in more than one ensemble then only the highest category will count towards Gold Cup points each year for that student.
Primary I Class – Two short pieces such as found in Volume 1 ensemble collections such as:
Applebaum Duets for Strings, Clarke Introduction to String Quartets, Suzuki Duets
Primary II Class – Two longer pieces which allow the melody to travel between the instruments.
Examples: Early Classics for Beginning String Quartet, arr. Herfurth, Pub. Boston Music Co., Kummer Duets for “Cello
Elementary I Class – Two pieces, one of which requires contrasting bowing styles.
Examples: Mozart Minuets
Elementary II Class – Two pieces, one of which is by an American composer or an arrangement of a spiritual.
Examples: Rodgers & Hammerstein Quartets (String Colors)
Medium I Class – Two pieces, one of which is suitable for performance in a religious service.
Examples: How Great Thou Art and other Beebe arrangements, Use choir or hymnal music and arrange for instruments such, As violin and ‘cello play the melody and bass of piano part, Violins use the soprano and alto lines. A string quartet plays all four vocal lines.
Medium II Class – Two pieces, one of which is in canon form, such as:
Telemann Canonic Sonatas or Pachelbel Canon
Difficult I Class – Two pieces, one of which explores harmonic variety, such as:
in works by Bartok or Shostakovitch.
Difficult II Class – Two pieces, one of which is in theme and variation form, such as:
Advanced Class – Two pieces, one of which is by Mozart, Beethoven, or Brahms.
Suggested Literature for Duets and Trios (Beg. to Avd.)
Delightful Duets for Young Violinists, William and Constance Starr
The Well-Tempered Violin, Michael McLean
Fun For 2 Violins (3 volumes), Marianne Rygner
Bela Bartok Duets (2 Volumes)
Suzuki Method Home Concert Book
Michael McLean duets – Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Fiddle Solo Event (solo entries must be memorized)
We will use the guidelines as detailed in the National Federation Bulletin.
Taken from the Federation information: Entrants should play two old-time fiddle tunes. They can remain in each class for two years provided they play different music. All pieces especially improvisations, must be played from memory.
Class I – Elementary (Grades 4 – 6)
Entrants should play a tune one time through.
Examples: Turkey in the Straw, Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark
Class II – Intermediate (Grades 7 – 9)
Entrants should play a tune twice, first as the basic tune and second as a variation or improvisation.
Class III – Advanced (Grades 10 – 12)
A tune should be played through enough times (two or more) for the student to display a variation and improvisational skills.
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