Exam Syllabus: GSMD Violin Grade: 5
Favourite jazz and blues numbers. A flexible format and extra optional parts makes these ideal for solos or duets. The Complete edition includes a violin part, keyboard accompaniment with optional violin accompaniment, easy violin and guitar.
Frankie and Johnny;
Good Morning Blues;
House of the Rising Sun;
Lullaby of Birdland;
Number Twelve Train;
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes;
Title: Jazz, Blues and Ragtime for Violin and Piano, Published by Boosey and Hawkes
Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) and George Gershwin (1898-1937), two of the best known figures in American music, were good friends and often played together. Heifetz had urged Gershwin to write a violin concerto for him, but unfortunately Gershwin died before the project got off the ground. These transcriptions by Heifetz are the next best thing. The five excerpts from Porgy and Bess® and the Three Preludes are well known and Heifetz often played them as encores, but the substantial concert excerpt from An American in ParisTM has never been published before and may not have been performed by Heifetz in public at all. The infectious rhythms and gorgeous tunes of this American classic are brilliantly served by Heifetz as transcriber, and the Porgy excerpts (which include "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," "Summertime" and "My Man's Gone Now") sizzle with virtuoso pizzazz in these wonderful arrangements. This edition corrects all the past mistakes, and is a must-have for lovers of the violin and the music of Gershwin!
Title: Heifetz Plays Gershwin for Violin and Piano, By Gershwin, George, Edited by Jascha Heifetz, Published by Carl Fischer, Item number: ATF134
Geared toward professional classically-trained players, this moderately difficult collection has all solos written out. Songs include: It's Only a Paper Moon; It Had to be You; Blue Moon; Bye Bye Blackbird; take Five; How High the Moon; and Black Orpheus. Advanced.
This diverse and unique collection of ragtime selections passes the melodic interest around to all players. All players will enjoy the light-hearted syncopation, wide variety of keys, and challenging double-stops (mostly in the cello part).
1. Pineapple Rag
2. Country Club Rag
3. Pleasant Moments
4. Paragon Rag
6. The Chrysanthemum
7. Peacherine Rag
Latin-Jazz Songs for String Quartet: Besame Mucho and Song for My Father
Add the Afro-Cuban and Latin beats of Bésame Mucho and Song for My Father to your repertoire. When Consuelo Velasquez wrote Bésame Mucho ("kiss me a lot right now") before her 16th birthday, she had never been kissed. This popular song was written in 1940 and has been recorded by the Beatles, Nat "King" Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, and many others. Jazz pianist Horace Silver wrote the jazz standard Song for My Father in 1964 in tribute to his father, a native of the Cape Verde Islands. Score and Parts.
St. Louis Blues and Some of These Days for String Quartet
The vibrant spirit of the legendary Quintet of the Hot Club of France, led by violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt, comes to life in two arrangements of swing-jazz classics for string quartet that also show the influence of jazz-violin greats Joe Venuti and Eddie South. Score and Parts.
Title: St. Louis Blues and Some of These Days for String Quartet, Edited by Jeremy Cohen, Published by Hal Leonard, Item number: 00331965