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The Herd-Girls’ Sunday
This is a gorgeous, idyllic, pastoral song by the excellently named Norwegian violinist and composer, Ole Bull. Those herd-girls must be having a really lovely Sunday!
Capriccio II - Vierdank
Johann Vierdank was a composer of the early 1600s. His Capriccio II features some wonderfully antiphonal, delightfully conversational interplay between the two parts.
Sarabande - Bohm
The German pianist and composer, Carl Bohm, really knew how to write a good tune! This is a fine example of a Sarabande — a slow, stately dance with 3 beats in a bar.
Variations on an Estonian Folk Song
This set of variations for three violins by Aleksey Yanshinov is a real bag of treats … there are loads of different techniques, styles and moods to get stuck into!
This lovely, lilting, flowing, yearning, dancing Medieval/Renaissance Ronde - written by that mysterious composer ‘Anon.’! - is exclusively arranged for two violins.
Largo from Xerxes (Violin Orchestra)
Largo' is the opening aria from the 1738 opera, Serse, by Handel. It's sung by Xerxes I of Persia as he admires the lovely, sweet shade of a plane tree!
Ragtime, Serenade and Rumba
A fun, 3-movement piece for strings with some great melodies!
Paganini's 24th Caprice - Main Theme
Probably virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini's most famous tune! The main theme of Caprice No.24 is joyful and exciting, and played using the hooked bowing technique.
Russian Fantasia No. 2
This fabulous fantasia by Leo Portnoff features passionate melodies, a rip-roaring Russian dance, and plenty of different patterns and techniques for the bowing arm.
Bransle de la Torche
A ‘Bransle’ is a type of Renaissance dance popular in the early 16th century … lots of dancers, in a line or circle, usually holding hands, having a merry old time!
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