Connections for Violin Repertoire 1
Christopher Norton’s distinctive contributions to the repertoire successfully bridge the gap between traditional literature and music in contemporary popular styles. The original series, Christopher Norton ConnectionsTM for Piano contains over 200 newly composed pieces, carefully selected, edited, and sequenced to span ten levels from elementary to advanced. The subsequent books for other instruments are drawn from these, alongside more recently composed music.
The pieces in Connections for Violin 1 cover a wide range of styles – from swing to Latin and from calypso to pop ballad. These pieces present many of the same challenges found in more traditional repertoire whatever the instrument – tonal beauty, balance between melody and accompaniment, natural movement and phrasing. More rhythmically oriented pieces require coordination, a deep seated sense of pulse, and awareness of stylistic touches and accentuation. All pieces benefit from a strong connection to mood, movement, or image.
The notation in Connections is clear – easily understood by teachers and students accustomed to traditional scores. For example:
As fun and entertaining additions to the performance repertoire of young players, these pieces will prove to be popular selections for recitals, festivals, informal performances, and even examinations. Parents and friends will enjoy them, too, resulting in a positive experience for the performer.