Magazine article Strings

Briefly Noted

Magazine article Strings

Briefly Noted

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It's springtime! The sun is shining, the flowers blooming, and for most freelancers, wedding bells are chiming non-stop. Lucky for you, the fine folks at Greenblatt & Seay have released a comprehensive catalog of wedding fiddling tunes for two violins. In addition to offering players a wide range of musical choices (sure to please and impress clients), the book handily suggests several tunes for each ceremonial component. For instance, music is suggested for the wedding prelude, candle lighting, seating of family, the entrance of the bridesmaids and bride, and every other aspect of the big day. Wedding fiddling Tunes for Two Violins. Compiled and arranged by Deborah Greenblatt. Greenblatt & Seay, www.mastercall. com/g-s/, $15.


Who loves klezmer? All those who raised a hand must check out The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook. Edited by Yale Strom, a leading expert in the field of klezmer who has conducted research among the Jewish and gypsy communities for more than 20 years, this voluminous songbook includes more than 300 songs that will appeal to amateurs and experienced players alike. Some of the melodies included have never before been published. In addition to a 36-track CD that serves as a great listening aid to players, photographs taken by Strom from his journeys throughout eastern and central Europe serve as lovely and muchappreciated visual aids. An involved introduction gives readers a detailed and comprehensive history of klezmer and its connection to Jewish culture. It should prove informative to all players, both those who are new to the genre and those who have an already solid foundation in this hearty musical style. The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook. Edited by Yale Strom. Transcontinental Music Publications,, $39.95.


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