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O'Connor, Mark - Liberty! (Seven Folk Tunes for Violin and Folk Instruments) - Score - Digital Download

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Liberty! Seven Folk Tunes For Violin from Mark O'Connor is music featured in the critically-acclaimed PBS series "Liberty! The American Revolution". This collection also appears on Mark O'Connor's Sony Classical release which Time Magazine named the Top Album in all music categories for 1997. Liberty's theme, O'Connor's own "Song Of The Liberty Bell", sets the mood beautifully for the traditional folk tunes to follow. O'Connor's original piece is a melody which at once can depict the disparate elements of struggling for independence - victorious in battle and the remembrance of those who were lost. The folk material contained here, all of which dates to the 18th century, is arranged by O'Connor.

They consist of three ballads and three old-time fiddle tunes, two of which O'Connor first learned as an eleven year-old boy. During the making of the album, O'Connor discovered that the 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, shared similar tastes in tunes. Jefferson himself fiddled "Soldier's Joy" and "Devil's Dream" in the White House! The music in this collection can cater to a wide range of playing levels, including beginners. Chord changes are included for miscellaneous folk music accompaniment.

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Title: Liberty! (Seven Folk Tunes for Violin and Folk Instruments) - Score
Composer: Mark O'Connor
Publisher: Mark O'Connor Musik International
Instrumentation: Violin and Folk Instrument
Parts Included: Violin & Rhythm School
Pages: 16 Pages
Format: Digital Download

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Mark O'Connor began his creative journey at the feet of American fiddling legend Benny Thomasson, and the iconic French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Now, at age 55, he has melded these influences into a new American classical music, and is perpetuating his vision of an American School of String Playing. Mr. O’Connor has won three Grammys, seven CMA awards as well as several national fiddle, guitar and mandolin champion titles. His distinguished career includes representing the United States Information Agency in cultural diplomacy to six continents and performing in front of several U.S. presidents including being invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan to perform as a teen.

After recording a series of albums for Rounder and Warner Bros including his multiple Grammy-winning New Nashville Cats, his recordings for Sony Classical with Yo-Yo Ma, Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey sold a million CDs and gained O'Connor worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom.

Mr. O’Connor’s Fiddle Concerto released on Warner Bros. has become the most-performed violin concerto composed in the last 50 years. On his own OMAC Records label, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recorded his sweeping Americana Symphony while his groundbreaking 9th concerto, The Improvised Violin Concerto was recorded in Boston Symphony Hall. His new touring group, the Mark O’Connor Band consisting of family members (wife, son and daughter-in-law) debuted at #1 on Billboard Magazine’s bluegrass album chart and their first album Coming Home won a Grammy in 2017.

Mr. O’Connor has authored a series of educational books called the O’Connor Method and is now the fastest growing violin method in the country and tens of thousands can credit the O’Connor books for learning how to play stringed instruments. The O’Connor Method features American music styles, creativity, cultural diversity and western classical technical training. Mr. O’Connor currently is artist-in-residence with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, touring nationally with the Mark O’Connor Band and resides in North Carolina with his wife, fellow bandmate and duo partner Maggie O’Connor.

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