The Sassmannshaus Tradition: Early Start on the Viola
For more than three decades, The Sassmannshaus Tradition has been one of the leading string methods for children in German-speaking countries. In fact, more than half a million players have successfully learned to play the violin, viola, and cello using this method.
The Sassmannshaus Tradition for viola is now available in English and has been adapted, both in content and songs, for today's English speaking children.
What makes this method so unique?
Large print notes and texts as well as many colorful illustrations are ideal for pre-school as well as school children.
Note reading is emphasized from the first lesson, encouraging ensemble playing from the very beginning.
Songs and scales in different positions can be easily mastered within the first year.
Advanced viola techniques such as varied bow strokes and shifting are introduced in a basic form.
Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 for Two Violins and Viola
In 1887 Antonín Dvorák composed two terzettos for two violins and viola
in quick succession as occasional compositions for amateurs. A little
later, Dvorák arranged the second terzetto as four pieces for violin and
piano with the title "Romantic Pieces" op. 75. Both works, that is the
first "Terzetto in C major" and the "Romantic Pieces", were published in
May 1887 by Simrock in Berlin.
Based on the "Complete Edition of the Works of Antonín Dvorák", Vol. IV/4
Barenreiter's "Concert Pieces" includes popular student concertos and concert pieces for viola players. Each edition includes a solo viola part and a piano part for the accompanist. Edited by Kurt Sassmannshaus, the internationally renowned strings teacher and co-author of the Sassmannshaus Viola Method.
Well-known melodies from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic period are
arranged by Vladimir Bodunov for violin and viola. Both players are of
equal standing, the role of soloist and accompanist changing constantly.
The arrangements stand out for their fidelity to the original works.
Menuet, BWV 1067 (J.S. Bach)
Badinerie, BWV 1067 (J.S. Bach)
Largo from The Four Seasons: Winter, RV 297 (A. Vivaldi)
Schlafe, mein Prinzchen (B. Flies)
Allegro from The Four Seasons: Spring, RV269 (A. Vivaldi)
Eine kleine Nachtmusik, KV 525 (W.A. Mozart)
Fur Elise, WoO 59 (L.v Beethoven)
In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt ( E. Grieg)