These two collections (BA 9668, BA 9669) give young students and teachers a rich selection of recital pieces, either to complement the Sassmannshaus “Early Start on the Violin” method or to play independently from it. As all the pieces are written entirely in first position, they can be used after just a few months of lessons.
The piano part may be played by the teacher or an advanced student. As an alternative, the accompaniment can be played by a second violin.
All the pieces are available in exemplary recordings on YouTube.
From the contents of Volumes 1 and 2:
Nursery rhymes, folksongs but also less well-known gems, as well as original pieces by the editors, all precisely tailored to meet the needs of young students.
• New recital pieces for the tried and trusted Sassmannshaus violin method • All pieces written in first position • With a second violin part for duet performance • Available in freely accessible recordings on YouTube
Kurt Sassmannshaus, the editor of a great many string editions in the Bärenreiter catalogue, continues the tradition founded by his father Egon Sassmannshaus in the “Early Start” string methods. He developed these two new editions together with his wife Melissa Lusk and his son Christoph Sassmannshaus.
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The Fastest Possible Start for the Beginning Violinist!
The reason for the effectiveness of the Early Start on the Violin method is because it respects the student: Techniques that may be considered too advanced to be used in other early development methods are introduced early in the Sassmannshaus method; vibrato, shifting into high positions, dotted rhythms, double-stops, quickly become second nature to the young student, removing the intimidation factor that often gets in the way of learning when introduced later.
Egon Sassmannshaus, one of the most renowned violin teachers in Germany, introduced the method series more than four decades ago. It quickly grew in popularity, with over half a million European students having using it. Almost 10 years ago, world renowned violin pedagogue Kurt Sassmannshaus, son of Egon, introduced the English language edition of the method, and it has been equally popular in North America.
About Kurt Sassmannshaus:
Kurt Sassmannshaus holds the distinguished Dorothy Richard Starling Chair for Classical Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His students include prizewinners of major international competitions, prominent soloists and chamber musicians, and orchestra leaders around the world. Many of them hold important faculty positions in European, Asian, and American Conservatories.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Cologne, Sassmannshaus received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. He won first prize in the International Chamber Music Competition in Colmar, France. He taught at the University of Texas, Austin and at Sarah Lawrence College before joining the faculty at the Cincinnati Conservatory. He has also been named guest professor at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.
Professor Sassmannshaus is totally engaged in the training of young violinists, through institutions that he has founded: The Starling Preparatory Project, the Great Wall Academy in Beijing, the Starling Chamber Orchestra, among others. In 2004, he premiered the not-for-profit website www.violinmasterclass.com, offering free video instruction on all aspects of violin playing. With more than 20 million hits annually this web site made him the most widely effective and globally recognized violin teacher in the history of violin teaching.