Two Terpsichorean Dances (violin and piano) level 2.0

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Title: Two Terpsichorean Dances

Composer: Michael Praetorius, arr. David Gable

Instrumentation: Violin and Piano

Printout: 3 pages

Note: Comfortably playable in first position, these voltes have some tricky renaissance rhythms and harmonies. A volte is an energetic dance popularized by Queen Elizabeth I of England, and characterized by turning leaps, or vaults, hence the name. This pair of voltes is from Praetorius’s collection of renaissance dances, Terpsichore. Playing difficulty is comparable to Suzuki Book 2.

Skills: 6/4 time; G major/mixolydian; first position; dotted rhythms; hooked bows and double up bows; bow recovery lifts; high and low placement of first and second fingers.

 

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