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Primary Level

Suggested Books for Primary Class Pieces.

  • ASTA Syllabus Level 1
  • All for Strings by Robert Frost, Volumes 1 & 2
  • Fairfield Fiddle Farm, Beginning Fiddle Book
  • Solos for Young Violinists, B. Barber, beg. half of Vol. 1.
  • Strictly Strings, Vol. 1 and 2
  • StringBuilder, Vol. 1 & 2 by Samuel Applebaum.
  • String Festival Solos, Arr. by Applebaum for all strings.
  • Suzuki Vol. 1 to Beginning half of Vol. 2
  • The Fiddle Club, Barrage Collection Vol. 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 1 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, Yello Rose of Texas from Fiddle Farm.

Primary 2 Class - Two pieces, one of which requires dynamic contrast and phrasing.

Examples: A Bach Minuet, Gavotte by Gossec from Suzuki Book 1, Camptown Races, Yellow Rose of Texas from Fiddle Farm.

Primary 3 Class - Two pieces, one of which is by Baroque composer such as Handel or Bach.

Examples: Chorus of Bourree by Handel, Musette by Bach in Suzuki Book.

Primary 4 Class - Two pices, one of which uses slurs and accidentals.

Examples: Waltz, Hunter's Chorus, Witches Dance from Suzuki Book 2.

Elementary Level

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, Vol. 1 or 2, arr. Perlman, Carl Fischer Publication
  • Mel Bay's Deluxe Fiddling Method by Craig Duncan
  • Solos for Young Violinists, Barbara Barber, Vol. 1 & 2
  • Suzuki Volumes 2, 3 and 4
  • The Fiddle Club, Barrage Collection Vol. 1 & 2
  • Viola and Piano, arr. Herfurth-deVeritch, The Willis Music Company

Elementary 1 Class- Two pieces, one of which has a minor section.

Examples: Two Grenadiers, Gavotte from "Mignon", Gavotte by Becker, and Bouree by Bach from Suzuki Books 2 & 3

Elementary 2 Class - Two Pieces, one 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 3 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 4 Class - Two Pieces, on 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.

Medium Level

Suggested Books for Medium Class Pieces.

  • 2 Progressive Solos by Applebaum for violin, viola and cello.
  • ASTA Syllabus Level 4
  • Suzuki Books, Vol. 4, 5 and 6
  • Solos for Young Violinists, Barbara Barber, Vol. 2 & 3.
  • Solos for the Violin Player, arr. Gingold, Pub. Schirmer.
  • Cellist Favorite Contest Pieces, Arr. Collier

Medium 1 Class- Two pieces, one of which requires position shifting and/or uses natural harmonics.

Examples: Berceuse by Schubert for 'cello, La Cinquanintaine by Gabriel-Marie for violin or 'cello, Allegro Spiritoso by Senaille for violin or viola.

Medium 2 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 3 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

Difficult and Advanced Level

Suggested Books for Difficult and Advanced Class Pieces

  • 37 Pieces You Like to Play for Violin, pub. Schimer
  • ASTA Syllabus Level 5 and 6
  • Cellist's Solo Album, pub. Carl Fisher
  • The Fritz Kreisler Collection or Vol.1 or Vol. 2
  • Solos for Young Violinists, Barbara Barber, Vol. 4, 5 and 6
  • Suzuki Vol. 6 through 8
  • Virtuoso Violist, arr. Primrose, pub. Schirmer

Difficult 1 Class- Two pieces one of which is a sonata movement.

Examples: Beethoven "Spring" Sonata for violin, Brahms Sonata for viola or cello, Locatelli Sonata in g minor arr. viola by Dokter, Schubert "Arpeggione" Sonata arr. for viola or contrabass.

Difficult 2 Class

Examples: Bach Suite movement for viola, ‘cello or contrabass using triple stops, Czardas by Monti for violin, Roumanian Dance #3 by Bartok for violin

Advanced 1 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 2 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

*Duets to Quartets* the same music may be used for string ensembles, such as having a 'cello group divided 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 ensemblethen only the highest category will count towards Gold Cup points each year for that student.

Primary 1 Class- Two short pieces such as found in Volume 1 ensemble collections.

Examples: Applebaum Duets for Strings, Clarke Introduction to String Quartets, Suzuki Duets.

Primary 2 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 1 Class- Two pieces, one of which requires contrasting bowing styles.

Examples: Mozart Minuets

Elementary 2 Class- Two pieces, one of which is by an American composer or an arrangement of a spiritual.

Examples: Rodgers & Hammerstein Quartets (String Colors)

Medium 1 Class- TTwo 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 2 Class- Two pieces, one of which is in canon form

Examples: Telemann Canonic Sonatas or Pachelbel Canon

Difficult 1 Class- wo pieces, one of which explores harmonic variety.

Examples: Works by Bartok or Shostakovitch.

Difficult 2 Class- Two pieces, one of which is in theme and variation form.

Examples: Dancla Variations

Difficult 2 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

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