The Instrumentalist

February 28
French Fiddle Tunes Workshop

The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be streaming a French Fiddle Tunes Workshop for folks who play violin/fiddle, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, soprano recorder, and alto recorder. The workshops will be on Tuesday, January 25, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CT) and Friday, January 28, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CT).

During these workshops we will play and discuss tunes from the Greenblatt & Seay publication, “French Fiddle Tunes for Two”. Different tunes will be played at each session. A treble clef version of the sheet music for the tunes being played will be displayed on Zoom's screen during the workshop. The cost for each workshop is $10.00. The cost of each optional book is $15.00 (includes shipping if ordered with workshop registration).

For more information, and to register:

“As is typical of Deborah Greenblatt’s work, the arrangements of pleasing tunes are well done and accessible to a diverse audience of recorder players. These editions are accessible to intermediate players. The textures are a mix: artfully arranged polyphony or homophony, and some in which one line carries the melody and the other serves an accompaniment function. Because of the skillful arrangements, they would be very effective in concert performances.

This edition would make for great additions to one’s recorder library. Because they contain a mix of easier and a bit more challenging pieces that are pleasingly arranged, they offer less and more experienced players both a challenge and an opportunity to play simply for the enjoyment of the music.”

...Victor Eijkhout American Recorder, Fall 2020
“...perfect for anyone wanting to not only learn French traditional tunes for fiddle playing, but also to see the French influence on songs that became popular in the Americas. The French compilation contains many simple and well-recognized tunes such as ‘Free Jacques’ and ‘Au Clair De la Lune’ as well as a number of French versions of polkas, schottisches, and other dance tunes.”
...Matt Merta Fiddler Magazine, Spring 2021

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