Violin Globetrotters, Cello Globetrotters and Flute Globetrotters are collections of original pieces by Ros Stephen in styles from around the world (including tango, Irish, klezmer, bossa nova, Cajun, blues, Chinese, Arabic…), suitable for grade 2-4 players. Each book comes with an accompanying CD of authentic performance and play-along tracks recorded by a band of top musicians, plus 2nd melody line or piano accompaniment parts, warm-up exercises and background information about the various styles.
The Globetrotters Books are available from Oxford University Press.
“…style has been closely imitated and the pieces are likely to be more satisfying for students to play than authentic tunes, which are harder to master … This book as an educational package is second to none, with fresh and lively presentation and violin accompaniments, technical warm-ups and backing tracks for each picece, as well as piano parts in PDF format on the enhanced CD. Thoroughly recommended for a varied musical diet.” – (*****) Helena Ruinard, Music Teacher, February 2011
“Everything is set out clearly and attractively, together with explanation of the different types of music and – really helpfully – some suggested warm-ups are included to help the player grasp the specific points to be learnt in each piece. I think this book is brilliant and good value – with a lot of variety – and I heartily recommend it as a fun and enriching addition to whatever else your students are learning.” – Vivienne Blumfield, ESTA News and Views, Spring 2011
Listen to some audio clips from the books:
Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Violin
A beautiful and wide-ranging collection of 41 great tunes from all over Argentina. This collection features tangos, milongas, chamames, chacareras, zambas and gatos as well as earlier styles and new compositions. Many pieces are presented as duets and there is the opportunity for the solo violinist to play along with the guitar or bandoneon and second violin accompaniment on the MP3 backing tracks. Summaries of the individual tunes and detailed notes on the music of Argentina enable you to get the best out of this exciting and colourful music. A CD of all pieces played by Ros Stephen accompanies the publication, which is suitable for grade 3 to advanced players.
Reviews of Argentinian Tango and Folk tunes for Violin
“…as for the accompanying CD for Ros Stephen’s Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Violin, I’d be very happy to listen to it as a performance in itself. Stephen plays the violin parts – some are solo some are duets – accompanied in fine style by either guitarist Javier Fioramonti or Julian Rowlands on bandoneon… This is a really appealing book, and great value for money.” – Catherine Nelson, The Strad
This edition represents the immensely rich and varied music of Argentina… all pieces are expertly played by violinist Stephen. Her extensive notes enable one to get the best out of this colourful and exciting music” – Mary Nemet, Australian String Teachers Association.
Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes is available from Schott Music Ltd.
Listen to some clips from the Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes CD:
Violin(s): Ros Stephen Guitar: Javier Fioramonte