Autumn Airs (viola and piano) level 0.5


Title: Autumn Airs

Composer: traditional tunes, arr. David Gable

Instrumentation: Viola and Piano

May be performed with the violin and cello versions.

Printout: 3 pages

Note: This is a medley of three traditional songs, two from Germany, the third from Yugoslavia. Given the limited technical scope of music for beginners, there is little music that offers the opportunity to experience modern idioms. Three Witches is set to a poly-tonal accompaniment that is in keeping with its somewhat eerie theme and provides a taste of twentieth century harmony. Audio sample gives the beginning of each tune. May be performed with the violin and cello versions.

Skills: D Major; 4/4 and 3/4 time; entirely on A and D strings; no repositioning of fingers; no fourth finger required; bow recovery lifts; third tune begins on up-beat; detached and smooth bowings. Difficulty approximately equivalent to early pieces in Suzuki Vol. 1.


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