Since Arcangelo Corelli’s 362nd birthday was just celebrated two days ago, I thought it a perfect time to talk about some of our violin music. Here at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Music Section, many of our patrons are pianists and vocalists, but many also play other instruments, including the violin! Although much of our music for violin is in braille, below are selections from each format we provide (large print, braille, and audio) for violinists or violin appreciators, from beginner to professional.
Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 by J.S. Bach (Large print)
Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas are some of his most well-known and revered works, and have become standard repertoire for violinists. This particular version has been transcribed through the Sigma Alpha Iota Fraternity’s Bold Note project, which we had discussed in an earlier blog post here. These solos can be ordered with book number LPM 00541-00542.
Intro to the Violin for the Visually Impaired by Bill Brown (Digital Talking Book)
Like many of the other Bill Brown audio courses that we lend to patrons, the Intro to the Violin for the Visually Impaired is geared towards the beginner violinist who is looking to get a good, solid foundation on the instrument. By the end of this audio course, students will be able to play such classic tunes as Eidelweiss (from Sound of Music) and Over the Rainbow, without the need of sheet music. This title can be found at DBM 02631.
Suzuki Violin Method (braille)
The Suzuki Method is famous worldwide for teaching younger students the basics of violin playing (as well as instruction on many other instruments). The Suzuki method for violin is available from our collection in multiple braille volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 of this title can be found in our collection at BRM 34557 and BRM 34559.
24 Caprices for Solo Violin, op. 1 by Niccolò Paganini (braille)
In the realm of showpieces for violinists, Paginini’s 24 Caprices is pretty much the standard. This virtuosic work (written by one of the most well-known and prodigious violinists of the 19th century, Niccolò Paganini), is compiled of 24 shorter solo pieces that each focus on technical skills for advanced violinists. This piece is found in our collection at BRM 26116
Maxim Vengerov at the Royal Academy of Music (Digital Talking Book)
Maxim Vengerov is a violinist and the Menuhin Professor of Music the Royal Academy of Music. In a series of masterclasses from the Masterclass Media Foundation, violin students from the Royal Academy of Music in London play famous solos for violin, such as Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Sibelius’s violin concerto, Benjamin Britten’s violin concerto, and many more. These masterclasses (six in all) can be found at DBM 03676-03678 & DBM 03661-03663
As you can see, the Music Section has materials for all levels of violinists, from beginners, to professionals, as well as appreciators. The above items are just a few of the many great violin works and other violin-related materials we have, so get in touch with us and order some music today!
Are you a violinist or are you familiar with any of the pieces mentioned here? We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on our collection!