Dance of Hercules (violin and piano) level 1.5
Title: Dance of Hercules
Composer: Tielman Susato, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin and Piano
May be performed with viola and cello versions.
Printout: 2 pages
Note: Bowing patterns are consistent with pieces at the end of Suzuki volume 1. My students have always enjoyed this march-like tune and imagining the mythical Greek hero trying to dance to it (he was renowned for his strength, not his grace). The meter change is tricky for some until they get the feel of keeping the half note pulse as the new one-bar pulse. The 3/4 section is essentially a metric variation of the theme.
Skills: 2/2 time and 3/4 time; G Major; staccato; hooked bows; double up bows; bow recovery lifts; meter change. The playing techniques required for this piece are consistent with the end of Suzuki Vol. 1, but because of the meter changes it has been placed in level 1.5.