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