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Strings & Threads Suite (score - for violin and string orchestra)

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By Mark O'Connor

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Violin, String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Mark O'Connor. Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic, Neo-Classical, Folk, Americana. Score. 47 pages. Published by Mark O'Connor Musik International (S0.933557).

Item Number: S0.933557

Strings & Threads Suite (score - for violin and string orchestra) MO134A

Score (violin and string parts available)

Music by Mark O’Connor

43 pages - 15:00 minutes in length


I. Fair Dancer Reel - p. 1

II. Sailor’s Jig - p. 6

III. Captain’s Jig - p. 9

IV. Off To Sea - p. 11

V. Pilgim’s Waltz - p. 12

VI. Road To Appalachia - p. 15

VII. Shine On - p. 18

VIII. Cotton Pickin’ Blues - p. 21

IX. Pickin’ Parlor Rag - p. 23

X. Queen Of The Cumberland - p. 27

XI. Texas Dance Hall Blues - p. 30

XII. Swing 11:11 - p. 33

XIII. Sweet Suzanne - p. 37


Strings & Threads Suite for violin and string orchestra is a piece comprising thirteen tunes composed by Mark O’Connor. In 1986, the Tennessee Dance Theater commissioned the “Suite” to be performed at Nashville’s Summer Lights Festival. A few years later Edgar Meyer provided the beautiful string orchestra arrangement that is contained in this score. The individual tunes are in various folk styles appearing in a chronological order 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 West during WWI nearly 300 hundred years later. O’Connor wrote the pieces in a manner and style he felt his family could have heard along the way. The “Suite” begins with Irish music, perhaps similar to the music O’Connor’s family brought with them. Then in a thoughtful progression, he reveals music they must have 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 levels but portions of the piece can be appropriate for beginners.


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

String Orchestra arrangement by Edgar Meyer

Strings & Threads Suite (violin and string orchestra version) can be heard on “American Seasons” Sony Classical 

Mark O’Connor – violin, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Scott Yoo

Catalogue Number MO134A

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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