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Yasuda, Martha - Christmas Melodies: Double Stop Duets for Cello, Volume 1 - Digital Download

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Yasuda, Martha - Christmas Melodies: Double Stop Duets for Cello, Volume 1 - Digital Download | YM095DD
  • Yasuda, Martha - Christmas Melodies: Double Stop Duets for Cello, Volume 1 - Digital Download | YM095DD
  • Yasuda, Martha - Christmas Melodies: Double Stop Duets for Cello, Volume 1 - Digital Download | YM095DD
  • Yasuda, Martha - Christmas Melodies: Double Stop Duets for Cello, Volume 1 - Digital Download | YM095DD

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Christmas Melodies: Double Stop Solos and Duets is a musical celebration of the Christmas season! Each volume contains both duet and double stop solo arrangements of some of the most familiar and popular Christmas Carols that are either sung or played on instruments during the months of November and December throughout the world.

Playing the double stop on a stringed, bowed instrument has plagued students and teachers alike for years. Not only are the fingering and bowing techniques difficult for students to grasp, but the pedagogical aspects of teaching double stops provide a daunting challenge for teachers as well.

In Christmas Melodies, Martha has developed a simple way to unravel the complexities of playing the double stop which will make life easier (traditional or Suzuki). Each carol in Christmas Melodies includes duets with the identical notes contained in the duet arrangement rewritten for one player as a double stop solo.

This duet - double stop solo combination allows students to hear what their double stops should sound like as they play the duet version first with teachers or fellow students. This hearing feature is especially helpful when initially learning the double stop solo arrangements.

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Title:Christmas Melodies: Double Stop Duets for Cello, Volume 1
Composer: Various
Arranger: Martha Yasuda
Publisher: Yasuda Music Company LLC
Instrumentation: Cello Duet
Parts Included: Cello part, optional accompaniment
Pages: 39 pages, 14 arrangements
Additional Information: Foreword by William Preucil, Sr.

Item Includes

  • Good King Wenceslas
  • O, Christmas Tree
  • Joy to the World
  • Angel We Have Heard on High
  • The First Noel
  • Deck the Halls
  • We Three Kings
  • Silent Night, Holy Night
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
  • Jingle Bells
  • Away in a Manger
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • O, Holy Night

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About Martha J. Yasuda

Martha Yasuda's arrangements, transcriptions and compositions are a natural extension of her life in music, as an orchestral violinist and Suzuki-trained teacher, with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Martha began arranging in 2002 and since then has completed close to 80 volumes of arrangements for various string instrument combinations, including 26 books with duets for all pieces from Suzuki Books 1 through 8, licensed by the International Suzuki Association. She was also commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to write orchestral arrangements for the education concerts, called "Symphony Street: Adventures with the Orchestra."

Her series of duets and double stop solos for violin, viola and cello — featuring popular hymns, folk songs, wedding selections and Christmas tunes — has earned praise from teachers, performers and pedagogues:

"Mrs. Yasuda's idea of relating double stops to duets is very cleverly done and is clearly a demonstration of Dr. Suzuki's idea of making learning enjoyable for the student." ~ Suzuki pioneer, William Starr

Her arrangements are "expertly written and carefully edited for the student, and they delight with originality and flair." ~ William Preucil, Sr., Professor of Music (Emeritus) at The University of Iowa

"The six-volume Yasuda violin and cello duo series includes well-crafted, carefully edited arrangements for all levels of players, from the novice to the advanced." ~ Christopher Rex, Principal Cellist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1979
Martha's recent publications, Timeless Melodies, Volumes I and II, include duets for top favorite pieces from Barbara Barber's six-volume series. Barber writes: "Finally, someone has written violin duet parts for many of the pieces in Solos For Young Violinists! They are well-written and easy to read. Thank you, Martha!"

Martha (Lewis) Yasuda grew up in Lynchburg, VA and studied violin with Suzuki teacher-trainer, Rudy Hazucha. She studied violin with Zvi Zeitlin and Charlie Castleman at the Eastman School, and with William Starr at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. She has freelanced with many different orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Savannah Symphony, and the Greenville Symphony, and she always has maintained a teaching studio. In recent years, her arranging has taken front seat, as she continues to create materials that aim to inspire students, teachers and young audience members.

Mrs. Yasuda lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ken, and is a grandmother of four. She feels fortunate to be able to express herself through arranging music and gives all glory to God for the creativity she has been given.

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