Früher Anfang auf dem Cello, Band 4
Duospiel in allen Lagen
String Methods - Sheet Music

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Duospiel in allen Lagen. Composed by Egon Saßmannshaus and Michael Corssen. Stapled. Barenreiter's Sassmannshaus. Seit 2008 komplett neu gestaltete Ausgabe, Replaces BA 6648. Violoncello-Schule (Cello Methods). Performance score. 72 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09694. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09694).

ISBN 9790006536573. 30 x 23 cm inches. Language: German. Preface: Corssen, Michael.

Please note our English language edition of this volume BA 8999.

Volume 4, prepared by cello specialist Michael Corssen, is devoted almost exclusively to playing in positions. Positions 2, 3 and 4 are introduced and trained using familiar songs and delightful short recital pieces, some of them specially written for the volume by Bertold Hummel. Changes of position are first marked with a sign in the music so that they can be explicitly practiced. The volume provides varied suggestions for this purpose, encouraging learners to approach this technical challenge from different angles and to practice with imagination. The tutor is rounded off with an excursion into positions 5 and 6. Volume 4 also introduces the tenor clef and explains how to produce harmonics.

By now learners have reached a level of achievement that allows them to venture into the 'genuine' cello literature, partially while studying Volume 4. Additional material can be found, for example, in Sebastian Lee's “Forty Easy Etudes”, op. 70 (BA 9401), and David Popper's “Fifteen Easy Melodic-Harmonic Etudes”, op. 76, no. 1 (BA 6979). After this, the collection “Concert Pieces for Cello and Piano” (BA 9695) and the series “Bärenreiter's Concert Pieces”, likewise edited by Christoph Sassmannshaus, contain many musically rewarding pieces that form a bridge to the standard repertoire of the cello.

The authors
In 1976 Egon Sassmannshaus, one of the most experienced and renowned violin teachers in Germany, published his tutor “Früher Anfang auf dem Cello”. This standard work for young string players quickly became the most popular and best-selling tutor in the German-speaking countries for beginners on this instrument. His son-in-law Michael Corssen, the co-author of Volumes 3 and 4, is a baroque cellist and conductor who heads a music school in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Egon Sassmannshaus's son, Kurt Sassmannshaus, functioned as co-editor of the English-language edition, “Early Start on the Cello” (BA 8996, BA 8997, BA 8998, BA 8999), adapting his father's successful tutor to meet the needs and requirements of English-speaking children.

The combined knowledge and experience of the Sassmannshaus/Corssen family make these four volumes the most thoroughly researched and thought-through cello tutor for beginners all over the world.

About Baerenreiter's Sassmannshaus

Children playfully learn reliable technique at the earliest age. For more than three decades the Sassmannshaus Tradition has been the household name for excellence in beginner methods in German-speaking countries. More than half a million students have successfully learned to play using this publication.

This tried and tested German method is now available in English! The best-selling method that gave generations of European musicians their foundation is now available in English, with content and songs newly adapted for today's English speaking children.

What makes this method so special?

  • The child-friendly and age-appropriate text underlying the music enables children to perceive melodies as a whole and to understand their singable qualities.
  • Songs and scales in different positions are easily explained and mastered within the first year. This is an important advantage over methods that confine children to the first position for many years.
  • Note reading is emphasized from the first lesson - children are brought up to become proficient sight-readers and play in chamber music ensembles as early as possible.
  • In contrast to other beginner methods, The Sassmannshaus Tradition progresses swiftly by introducing advanced techniques in rudimentary form, such as shifting and varied bow strokes.
  • Ensemble playing is encouraged from the very beginning.
  • The method is suitable for single instruction as well as for group and class lessons.
  • The large print notes and text as well as many colorful illustrations are particularly child-friendly and very attractive to pre-school children and school children alike.
  • The substantial volumes contain comprehensive material and carefully calibrated learning curves. They keep children curious and interested for many months and years.