Magazine article Strings

Bridging the Gap

Magazine article Strings

Bridging the Gap

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BRIDGING THE GAP

Sassmannshaus' collection of viola pieces covers a breadth of works for the intermediate player

This volume of viola pieces complements the Sassmannshaus' Early Start on the Viola method. Currently professor of violin in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kurt Sassmannshaus also oversees teaching projects in Germany, China, and the United States, and continues the pedagogic work of his father Egon, who was a lifelong violist.

He offers 14 pieces for viola and piano for the intermediate-level player to add to the usual portfolio of exam and audition pieces. This rich collection of concert pieces will appeal to students who are looking to close the gap between standard tutor books and challenging concert literature.

These short and effective pieces are graded in order from easy to moderately difficult over a wide range. They include original viola works such as two nocturnes from the set of four by Kalliwoda, Wieniawski's enchanting Rêverie, and Sicilienne, Op. …

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