Category: Sheet Music

I Like the Flowers

I like the flowers, the daffodils, the mountains, the rolling hills, and the fireside when the nights are cold and I’m singing, “Doo wappa doo wappa doo wappaty wop!

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Men of Harlech

Hark! I hear the foe advancing … where are those Men of Harlech! This is a traditional Welsh song about the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle between 1461 and 1468.

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Galopede

A galopede is not a type of fast-moving insect, but an especially energetic English country dance!! See how fast you can gallop the galopede, but practise slowly first!

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Barn Dance

Yeeeeeee-haaaaaaaaaw! Get your feet tapping with this romping barn dance, great for practising open string double stops! See how fast you can get the ending!

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Brian Boru's March

A march fit for a king … a 10th century High King of Ireland, no less … Brian Boru of the Dalcassians! Brian must have been a fan of dotted rhythms and string crossing!

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Humoresque

Dvořák wrote his set of Humoresques in the summer of 1894 when he must have been in a pretty good mood! The 7th one is probably the best known and probably the best!

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The Mad Lover

John Eccles wrote this achingly beautiful music for a stage play by John Fletcher, a tragicomedy called The Mad Lover. It’s also a really good string crossing exercise!

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Pastime with Good Company

Hmm … not sure Henry VIII would provide good company to pass the time with, but he certainly knew how to write a good tune! Great rhythms, too … enjoy!

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Paganini - 24th Caprice

Paganini's 24th Caprice is the last of his epic set of caprices. This catchy theme has been the inspiration for a huge number of pieces ... an absolute classic!

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The Water is Wide

Up the bank, doun the brae, and yon burn-side we gae, where the Water is Wide! Also known as ‘O Waly, Waly’, this is a lovely, yearning folk song that originates from Scotland.

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Danse Macabre

The skeletons come out to play in Danse Macabre, Op. 40 by Saint-Saëns … full of unnerving tritones, bone-rattling staccatos and weird waltzing melodies!

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Witches' Dance

For a piece about witches, this is a surprisingly chirpy tune! It's full of crisp bowing and sparkling arpeggios. Play it nicely, or you may discover their dark side!

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Perpetuum Mobile - Schmidt

Practise the perpetual motion of your fingers - lifting and dropping with speed, dexterity, evenness and accuracy! - in this chirpy Perpetuum Mobile by Ernst Schmidt.

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Rigaudon

A jaunty Baroque dance for two! This famous tune by English composer Henry Purcell will have your fingers springing sprightly up and down the G major scale!

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Canonic Sonata III - Telemann

Telemann’s Canonic Sonatas are an absolute marvel. Both musicians play exactly the same thing, but one bar apart … and, amazingly, they still sound really nice!

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The Irish Washerwoman

This is one of the most famous traditional Irish jigs, recognised by audiences around the world. Some players like to start the piece slow, then get faster and faster!

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Locatelli - Rondo for two violins

A rondo is a piece that repeats the main tune again and again and again! Locatelli cleverly shares out the repetitions between the parts in this quick, quicksilver duo.

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Handel's Hallelujah - 1st Finger Only

Rejoice! Here's the popular Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's oratorio Messiah. In this arrangement, you only need to use one finger on the strings. Hallelujah to that!

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Galop

Ready … Steady … Galop!! This riotously fun piece by the master of violinistic bonbons, Carl Bohm, is also a fabulous bowing workout. See you at the finish line!

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My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

My Bonnie lies over the ocean, My Bonnie lies over the sea, My Bonnie lies over the ocean, Oh bring back my Bonnie to me … a delightful traditional Scottish folk song.

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Mazas Duet No.2

This lovely duet by the lovely Jacques Féréol Mazas has lovely tunes and lovely interplay between the two lovely parts. What could be more lovely!

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Chant de Veslemøy

The Song of Veslemøy, from Halvorsen’s Suite Mosaique, is a gorgeous folk song. It’s yearning, heart-warming tune will keep you warm on a chilly Norwegian evening!

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Turkey in the Straw

Turkey in de straw, Turkey in de hay, Roll 'em up an' twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw … a riotous American folk song from the early 19th century!

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Salutations

Greetings and salutations! This bold but welcoming, Scotch-snappy tune will help you to familiarise yourself with the key of E major in one octave in first position.

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Jack Ryan's Polka

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