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O'Connor, Mark - Surrender The Sword for Violin and String Orchestra - Violin Solo - Digital Download

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Surrender The Sword for violin and string orchestra was composed and orchestrated by Mark O'Connor and used as one of the themes for the critically acclaimed PBS documentary, "Liberty! The American Revolution". On the companion recording "Liberty", album notes author Thomas Fleming writes - "...something remarkable was taking shape in his imagination - sounds more extraordinary than he had ever experienced. On a trip to Key West, he visited Ernest Hemingway's house. In the sundrenched garden, music leapt into O'Connor's mind and in a breathtaking two hours, "Surrender the Sword" - and its orchestral outline - was on paper. It is unquestionably one of the most passionate orchestral pieces he has ever written. In the A part, the music is busy. "You can imagine voices, perhaps in Congress, perhaps in a crowd in New York or Philadelphia, wondering what is going to happen next, as General George Washington is about to resign as commander-in chief of the American army," O'Connor says. "Then comes a long melodic arc, swelling with a triumphant confidence that depicts the great military leader extending his sword to surrender it forever."

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Title: Surrender the Sword for Violin and String Orchestra
Composer: Mark O'Connor
Publisher: Mark O'Connor Musik International
Instrumentation: Violin, String Orchestra
Parts Included: Violin Solo
Pages: 7 Pages
Time: 10 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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