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Gypsy Violin - Book/CD

By Mary Ann Harbar

Violin solo - Intermediate-Advanced
Composed by Mary Ann Harbar. Squareback saddle-stitched, Solos. Gypsy. Violin solo songbook and examples CD. With introductory text, instructional text, standard notation, bowings, chord names, illustrations and glossary. 131 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95538BCD).

Item Number: MB.95538BCD

ISBN 9780786665709. 8.75x11.75 inches.

This book contains practice tips, a helpful glossary, a short essay on the Gypsy touch and a fine assortment of 47 annotated traditional Gypsy tunes from Russia, Romania, Hungary, and Bessarabia. Based on many years of research, travel, and participation in slavas or Gypsy jam sessions, this long-anticipated book makes a significant and colorful contribution to the violin repertoire while providing a thorough grounding in the characteristic elements of the passionate Gypsy style. The CD is a stereo recording of every song in the book at performance tempo with piano accompaniment.

  • Abandoned (Elhagyatva) 
  • B Minor Hora 
  • Beautiful Blue Eyes (Aza Szep) 
  • Beautiful Rose (Szep A Rozsam) 
  • Bessarabian Girl (Bessarabyanka) 
  • Bihari Kesergo 
  • C Major Friss 
  • Casino (Kaszino) Csardas 
  • Cigarettes (Papirossen) 
  • Clarinet (Klarinet) Csardas 
  • D Major Hora 
  • Dark Eyes (Otchi Tchornyia) 
  • Dobra Dobra 
  • Doda 
  • G Major Hora 
  • Gloomy Sunday (Somoru Vasharnop) 
  • Go Ahead Bug, Sting Me! (Csipd Meg, Bogar!) 
  • Heavenly (Istenes) Csardas 
  • Hey Delade 
  • Hora From Bucovina (Hora Bucovinei) 
  • I Like Dances From Somlecan (Drag Mi Jocul Somleca 
  • If You Love Me, Never Leave (Fa Leszek, Ha Fanak V 
  • Invitation To Dance (Most Kezdodik A Tanc) 
  • Kalinka 
  • Kamnes 
  • Kinokio 
  • March Hora (Hora Martisorului) 
  • Mezosegi Hora (Mezosegi Tanc) 
  • Moldavian Hora 
  • My Gypsy Girl (Moye Tziganochki) 
  • No More Grey-Haired Ladies For Me (Nem Kell A Szok 
  • Romanian Train Song 
  • Swallows Flying (Repul A Szan) 
  • Szureti Dance (Szureti Tanc) 
  • The Basso 
  • The Cottage With The Green Window Frames (Zoldabla 
  • The Forest Is Even Prettier In The Fall (Szep Az E 
  • The Horse's Head Can Handle My Sorrow (Nagy A Feje 
  • The Loveliest Girl In The World (Csak Egy Kislany  
  • The Old Gypsy (A Ven Cigany) 
  • The Rajko School Song 
  • The Wheat And Barley Are Scarce (Ritka Buza, Ritka 
  • Turquoise Bracelets (Beryuzoviye Kalyechke) 
  • Two Guitars (Dve Guitari) 
  • Whistling Hora (Futtyhora) 
  • Your Blue Eyes Are Stunning (Jaj De Ket Szep Szeme 
  • Your Red Polka Dot Dress (Piros Pettyes Ruhaskadba 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Janesville, WI
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  • January 21, 2012 Gypsy Violin - Book/CD

    I love this book! My only quibbles are that the pieces in the book aren't numbered as they are on the CD although they are in the same order. Also, just a bit more theory regarding Gypsy scales and the like would have been nice. Overall though, the tunes...

    and performances are superb and I'm having a blast with this material!

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  • 5

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  • January 20, 2012 Gypsy Violin

    I was dissapointed with the Book/Cd . I thought the CD was an accompaniment to the printed music and instesd it was just a recording of the music .

    22 of 46 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

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  • December 30, 2011 Great Service.

    Everything arrived on time and as described.

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  • 5

    Montreal, Canada
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  • February 28, 2008 Great Collection of Gypsy Tunes

    I love this book for the generous number of pieces. You definitely need to be in an intermediate to advanced level player to play these technically challenging pieces. The recording is amazing and the violinist is astonishing. I strongly recommend listening to the music before reading it. Like most folkloric...

    music, it would sink in better if you can catch the particular ornaments that makes this music what it is: gypsy, wild, emotional, etc. The downside with most of Mel Bay Publications is the binding; it is really NOT done for sheet music; it’s just hell making this book stand on a music stand unless you have 2 hands to hold the book and 2 hands to play your instrument.

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  • 5

    Chapel Hill, NC
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  • May 03, 2007 Great Book!

    This is a challenging and exciting book for the intermediate/ advanced level fiddle player. It does presume knowledge of a lot of traditionally classical bowing techniques, so having some classical background is helpful. The CD is great! My friends and I are having a lot of fun with these tunes...


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