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Strings & Threads Suite (score - adapted for violin and guitar)

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By Mark O'Connor

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Instrumental Duet Guitar, Instrumental Duet, Violin - Level 5 - Digital Download
Composed by Mark O'Connor. 20th Century, Contemporary, Folk. Score and parts. 28 pages. Mark O'Connor #6202083. Published by Mark O'Connor (A0.861797).

Item Number: A0.861797

Strings & Threads Suite (adapted for violin and guitar) MO171A

Score (violin and guitar parts available)

Music by Mark O’Connor

24 pages - 15:00 minutes in length


I. Fair Dancer Reel

II. Sailor’s Jig

III. Captain’s Jig

IV. Off To Sea

V. Pilgim’s Waltz

VI. Road To Appalachia

VII. Shine On

VIII. Cotton Pickin’ Blues

IX. Pickin’ Parlor Rag

X. Queen Of The Cumberland

XI. Texas Dance Hall Blues

XII. Swing 11:11

XIII. Sweet Suzanne


Strings & Threads Suite adapted for violin and guitar is a piece comprising of thirteen tunes composed by Mark O’Connor. In 1986, the Tennessee Dance Theater commissioned the "Suite" from O’Connor to be performed as a violin solo at Nashville’s Summer Lights Festival. The individual tunes are in various folk styles appearing in a chronological form for which O’Connor says not only represents the evolution of American folk music, but also mirrors his own family’s migration from Ireland and Holland to America. It traces the family’s route through the thirteen colonies initially, and then eventually out West during WWl nearly 300 hundred years later. O’Connor wrote the pieces in a manner and style in which he felt his family could have heard along the way. The "Suite" begins with Irish music, maybe similar to what O’Connor’s family brought with them. Then in a thoughtful progression, reveals music they must of encountered living in early America. "Strings & Threads" musically describes how folk music styles hundreds of years apart are interconnected - possessing a common thread, from an Irish reel to jazz. The music is suited for advanced and intermediate.

Original music printed from the composer’s manuscripts.

Music editing, copying and engraving by Mark O’Connor

using "Finale" on Apple Macintosh 1986


Composed By Mark O’Connor

Adaptation for violin and guitar was commissioned by Sharon Isbin in 2006, and won a Grammy for "BEST INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST PERFORMANCE (WITHOUT ORCHESTRA)" IN 2009

Strings & Threads Suite (adapted for violin and guitar) can be heard on "Journey to the New World" by Sharon Isbin, Sony Classical 

Mark O’Connor – violin, Sharon Isbin - guitar

Catalogue Number MO171A

Copyright © 1986 by Mark O’Connor Music International

For more information on violinist and composer Mark O'Connor, O’Connor String Camps, Touring Ensembles, Discography, Bio, Repertoire and more, please visit


For information on the "O’Connor Method" – instructional book series for violin, viola, cello and school string orchestra programs:


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