Laurie Niles’ interview of Martha Yasuda on www.Violinist.com.
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If you are looking for high-quality, fun and creative string arrangements, you’ve come to the right place. From Duets to Double Stops and Arrangements for 4, Martha’s Melody Books have something appropriately challenging for the blossoming beginner as well as the highly advanced string player.
A great deal of Martha’s duo writing includes Suzuki pieces from Volumes 1-8. With the backing of two licenses from the International Suzuki Association, the duo books span nineteen volumes, with seven books arranged for two violins, six for violin and cello and most recently, six books for viola and violin combinations.
Of special interest are the duos for La Folia (for various string instrument combinations) as well as the inclusion of pieces written by Dr. Suzuki (Allegro, Perpetual Motion, Allegretto, Andantino and Etude) in the newly expanded and revised Folk Song Melodies For Violin/Viola Ensembles volumes.
Christopher Rex, principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, paves the way for cellists and violinists of all levels to share concert stages together through his written endorsement of the Yasuda violin-cello series. He also plays an essential role as a co-arranger. Standard non-Suzuki pieces are also included in each volume (e.g. Meditation from “Thais,” Clementi Sonatina, Fur Elise, etc.)
Martha’s Melody Books are: Christmas, American, Wedding and Hymn Melodies. Celebrating their 12-year anniversary, Christmas Melodies and American Melodies, Double Stop Solos and Duets, Volumes I and II, continue to draw string players into the magical world of double stops. The simple concept of breaking apart a double stop into a duet that students play first with a teacher helps greatly to ease students into playing double stops more readily. Volume I is for students that have never played double stops before and Volume II is for students in Suzuki book 6 and above.
Forewords by internationally recognized string players and pedagogues William Starr, William Preucil, Sr. and Christopher Rex can be found on Martha’s Blog. Videos of selected arrangements can be found on Martha’s Videos.