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  1. I know exactly which piece you mean, I even know what the sheet music looks like -- and like you I've been trying to find a copy. Sheila Nelson in London has it in her library, but I've never seen it anywhere else. However, she has published another excellent Farmer piece, Hope told a Flattering Tale, in her anthology The Romantic Violinist (Boosey & Hawkes). I've rescued a very old copy of Farmer's violin method book from a library trash pile once, and as I'm guessing the copyright years are over, if you'd be interested I could scan a couple of other "themes with variations" from there
  2. Telemann is here: Or, if the link doesn't work: I chose Telemann in the composer list at, then violin & piano. The Thomas Arne sonata (there is only one well-known sonata by him as far as I know) is probably a good idea for this list as well, isn't it? And if you find a violin arrangement of the Vaughan Williams set of folksongs (I usually play them on the viola but they're available for a wide range of instruments), they'd make a nice addition as well.
  3. Have you added the Elgar Six Easy Pieces? The piano part is not as easy as the violin part, but still I'd say they're within the "easy" range. Probably you could add a lot of Air Variés as well, like Dancla and de Bériot and others. Since they are always based on one set of harmonies, it's usually easy to get a grip (musically) and simplify the accompaniment a little if needed.
  4. I liked the book quite a lot! This reviewer doesn't seem to think that the film has captured the spirit of the book:
  5. Speaking of books, has anybody seen the film based on The Soloist? The one about a homeless musician in downtown L.A.?
  6. If the Dvorak Sonatine is within your "easy range", then there should be a lot ... Maybe not a lot ot romantic works, but quite a few not-very-well-known classical sonatas and some Baroque sonatas as well. I'd suggest these to start with: the Telemann Sonatinen a couple of the Handel Sonatas the Mozart Wiener Sonatinen (arranged by somebody) the Schubert Sonatinen a collection from EMB: Are you looking for original music, or are arrangements OK too?
  7. The Stepping Stones, Waggon Wheels etc books with music written by Katherine and Hugh Colledge have piano parts that are not exactly for beginners but that are quite easy. The Hauptmann Sonatinas have violin and piano parts that are roughly on the same level. And here's a method, Fiolmagasinet/Pianomagasinet, invented for beginning violinists and pianists studying together, meaning it would probably provide you with some repertoire ideas even if you can't read the text:
  8. This is my favourite (sorry, the info is not in English ...): You can adjust just about everything on it. It's heavy but very reliable. Now, if you could get all of that and then make it beautiful too ... :-)
  9. Some thoughts: 1. At this point you don't have to decide whether you'd like to do wedding gigs for the rest of your life or not. You can just try it out by taking it seriously and preparing well to give the whole idea a fair chance, can't you? 2. My guess, or hope, is that the people who tell you they don't practice for weddings did practice at one point, and now they practice other things and know the wedding pieces well enough to be able to just pick them up. So when you start, of course you can tell your fellow musicians that you want to have a couple of sessions where you sight-read di
  10. I suppose you already know the so-called Stockholm Sonatas by Attilio Ariosti? I play them on the Baroque viola because I don't have a viola d'amore, and they mostly work fine. Free scores here:
  11. When you write "solo violin", do you mean unaccompanied violin? People seem to be answering different questions here. Most of the pieces in this thread would sound quite lonely without a piano accompaniment, but there are other pieces that are actually written for solo violin.
  12. When I played with the Georgetown University Orchestra, they put the percussion section sort of half behind the choir for Carmina Burana, and a choir singer fell backwards -- into the percussion section. Imagine the sound. As I remember it, it all happened so quickly that almost nobody in the orchestra actually understood what was going on, though.
  13. If you're just looking for nice sight-reading music (or for something to play in less concert-like settings), the big collection of instrumental parts from Taizé could be very useful. Each song has harmonies and at least one "composed" accompaniment or solo part for the guitar, often more, and then there are lots and lots of different parts for treble C instruments. The concept is like La Follia but less explosive. Many of the melodies are very, very beautiful. You can add on more instruments if you like, and play duos/trios/quartets/canons or take turns.
  14. It's here -- and it's part of a loooooooong list! :-)
  15. Here's a list of pieces for viola and guitar: Gitarre und Viola Kont, Paul. Ballade für Viola und Gitarre. Wien: Doblinger, c1988. Meijering, Chiel, 1954-. Nini: voor altviool en gitaar: 1986 / Chiel Meijering. Amsterdam: Donemus, c1986. Paganini, Nicolo. Sonata per la gran viola e chitarra / Nicolo Paganini; hrsg. Paul Bulatoff. Frankfurt: Zimmermann, 1985. Schmidt, Hartmut. Musik fur Saiteninstrumente und Gitarre / [H. Schmidt]. [s.l.: s.n., 1982?] Whettam, Graham. Serenade (1981) for viola (or clarinet) & guitar / Graham Whettam. Ingatestone, Essex, England: Meriden, 1984.