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The Slapin-Solomon Duo's Big Gig Book for Violin and Viola

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By Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Bruch, Charpentier, Clarke, Delibes, Handel, Massenet, Mendelssohn, Mouret, Mozart, Pachelbel, Schubert, Vivaldi, Wagner

Violin, Viola, String Duet, Violin, Viola - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Bruch, Charpentier, Clarke, Delibes, Handel, Massenet, Mendelssohn, Mouret, Mozart, Pachelbel, Schubert, Vivaldi, Wagner. Arranged by The Slapin-Solomon Duo (Scott Slapin and Tanya Solomon). Classical Period, Baroque Period, Wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Funeral. Score, Set of Parts. 223 pages. Published by Violacentric Publications (S0.265949).

Item Number: S0.265949


Though playing gigs doesn't bring much prestige, it's a main part of the business, and I have many fond memories of playing weddings, receptions, etc from when I was younger. Generally, the people in attendance are very appreciative, and you get to play some great music (sometimes even in good arrangements!) One can also hope you're being paid well and maybe fed, too.

Most gigs are pretty standard. It was my goal to make arrangements of the *most requested*, most *standard* Classical music to make this book as useful as possible. In only one case was I a little prescriptive: I happen to think the Bach Sinfonia BWV29 (AKA the prelude to the Third Partita with accompaniment) would make a great recessional at a wedding, though I've never actually been asked for it. Everything else I've ended up playing multiple times on multiple gigs.

Often the goal with quartet and trio music for weddings is to have it be as simple (and therefore sightreadable) as possible. Who knows who might be called to fill in at the last minute? And there are enough players that there isn't too much worry of the arrangements sounding thin.

With this book of duos, however, it was my assumption that the musicians would be a fixed duo playing together fairly regularly. Therefore I felt freer to use more double-stops than is customary in order to make the arrangements sound as full as possible. (Don't worry, though, it's not nearly as difficult as our arrangements of the Great Symphonic Masterworks for two violas!)

I'd estimate that for two really good string players, a little practice time with the trickier tunes and one rehearsal up-front would suffice so long as they continued playing through the book regularly enough after that on gigs. And a note about slurs: in some cases they're reasonable, in others they're simply phrase markings from the original and should be broken. Even the reasonable ones, of course, are to be broken when playing under adverse circumstances and more projection is required.

-Scott Slapin & Tanya Solomon

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NOTE: This book is not necessarily meant to be played or printed cover to cover. We did not included blank pages in between pieces because we know that many musicians have their own way of putting together their "gig books". You can print them out any way you choose and you can also put in blank pieces of printer paper wherever you'd like.

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  • October 29, 2019 Print as you choose

    This gig book contains many pieces and is not meant to be printed in its entirety all at once. We've printed several pieces out separately and have placed them in our own gig book in the order we see necessary (it changes for each gig). No need for extra...

    blank pages to be "printed out". But should we need that, we'll just add a blank piece of paper.

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  • October 18, 2019 Page Editing Required!

    Love the arrangements, but for this price I expect blank pages to be inserted as necessary to keep the music on the intended side. Can't print it all out as is. It requires editing to make sure all pages are laid our properly which is a pain!

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  • May 31, 2018 much needed compendium but only PDF

    The violin/viola community has waited a long time for this compendium of old chestnuts: it is a most welcome initiative. I did not read carefully enough on ordering from SMP: thought that a magnificent paper volume would arrive, So I ordered two, one as a gift, and waited in...

    vain for ages. But be warned, this exists ONLY as PDF. The book is not paginated, which is a problem since there are 216 pages. Don't drop the prints on the floor. Clearly, printing it all out is not a good option. It is of course useful to print out the needed items only - for transport in your instrument case. The manuscript is a good size and very clear. I look forward to trying out the arrangements.

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