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Airs & Dances

Sheet Music
Voicing/Format Violin
Arranger Mara Shea
Artist Mara Shea
Publisher Mel Bay Publications Inc
Catalog # 22123

Price: $22.99

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Airs & Dances Arranged by Mara Shea. Performed by Mara Shea. For Violin. Published by Mel Bay Publications Inc. (Catalog # 22123, UPC: 9780786683161)

Airs & Dances is a collection of Scottish strathspeys (rugged, lyrical dance t unes) for violin and other melodic instruments. Strathspeys are usually played slower than reels, with many long-short dotted rhythmic patterns. This compil ation features some of the best-known strathspeys as well as some of the quirk ier, rarer tunes in this wonderful repertoire. The pieces are arranged chronol ogically.

The melodies as written are the skeletons of the tunes, with out much additional information like bowings, dynamics, and articulations. Thi s presentation allows the reader to both learn the melodies in their most gene ral sense as well as use their creative judgment to vary each tune's melody an d nuances. Each piece is framed with historical and cultural context, and audi o is available onlin
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