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O'Connor, Mark - Strings & Threads Suite for Violin and Guitar - Violin - Digital Download

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Strings & Threads Suite is a piece comprising of thirteen tunes composed by Mark O'Connor. In 1986, the Tennessee Dance Theater commissioned the "Suite" from O'Connor to be performed at Nashville's Summer Lights Festival. The individual tunes are in various folk styles appearing in a chronological form for which O'Connor says not only represents the evolution of American folk music, but also mirrors his own family's migration from Ireland and Holland to America. It traces the family's route through the thirteen colonies initially, and then eventually out West during WWl nearly 300 hundred years later. O'Connor wrote the pieces in a manner and style in which he felt his family could have heard along the way. The "Suite" begins with Irish music, maybe similar to what O'Connor's family brought with them.

Then in a thoughtful progression, reveals music they must of encountered living in early America. "Strings & Threads" musically describes how folk music styles hundreds of years apart are interconnected - possessing a common thread, from an Irish reel to jazz.

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Title: Strings & Threads Suite for Violin and Guitar
Composer: Mark O'Connor
Publisher: Mark O'Connor Musik International
Instrumentation: Violin, Guitar
Parts Included: Violin Part
Pages: 14 Pages
Time: 15 minutes
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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