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O'Connor, Mark - Soppin' The Gravy (Fourteen Texas-Style Fiddle Tunes) - Violin Lead Sheets - Digital Download

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Soppin The Gravy is Mark O'Connor's successful 1978 Texas Fiddle recording on Rounder Records that features old-time fiddle tunes he arranged for contests in his teens. In this collection, O'Connor made a great contribution to fiddling with his renditions of tunes he played in the Texas Style, one that he learned from his teacher Benny Thomasson. On the original albums liner notes, Mr. Thomasson talks about his pupil in the kindest of terms. "There is not room on this album for me to explain the extent of Marks musical talents. Ive met the greatest fiddlers in this nation, but to me Mark is the greatest one of all."

These arrangements have been some of the most studied and copied tunes in the American fiddling scene for decades. Daniel Carwile, one of Mr. OConnors long time fans, and a champion fiddler in his own right, has painstakingly transcribed in detail the early fiddle music of Mark OConnor.

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Title: Soppin' the Gravy (Fourteen Texas-Style Fiddle Tunes) - Violin Lead Sheet
Composer: Mark O'Connor
Publisher: Mark O'Connor Musik International
Instrumentation: Violin
Parts Included: Violin Part (w/lead)
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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