(Editor: Richard Jones) This four-volume graded anthology acts as an introduction to the style and repertoire of Baroque music for solo violin and continuo. All the major composers and violin virtuosi of the day are represented in the anthology, from Corelli to Vivaldi and from Bach to Telemann. Overall, the first three books progress from about Grade 2 to Grade 7 and the contents of each are arranged approximately in order of difficulty. Book 4 contains longer works and complete sonatas, including two hitherto unpublished sonatas by Albinoni.
The 16 pieces in this volume have been specially commissioned from leading composers and reflect current compositional trends. With at least one piece at each of Grades 1 to 8, there's something for players of all ages and abilities. Spectrum for Violin comes with a recording of all the pieces, performed by violinist Alexandra Wood (who complied the volume) and pianist Thalia Myers. The CD also includes recorded accompaniments for the two works scored for violin and soundtrack.
Contents: David Sawer - A Fork in the Road David Matthews - An Alpine Tune Kenneth Hesketh - An Implausible Tale (with moral) Howard Skempton - Arietta Hugh Wood - Bagatelle Helen Grime - Canto Patrick Nunn - Collage on D Timothy Salter - Daydream Philip Cashian - Forgotten Game Michael Zev Gordon - Joshi's Dance Dobrinka Tabakova - Lydian River Daniel Giorgetti - Moto ascendente Huw Watkins - Sarabande Thea Musgrave - The Egrets have Landed Joao Pedro Oliveira - The Fifth String Tansy Davies - Woodman's Echo