Selected comments by violinists and cellists on Davidsson's educational compositions for strings

The composer and his educational compositions
ON THE DUETS FOR VIOLINS

A variety of very original violin duets which capture the composer's spontaneity and insight into the musical character of so many countries. They create a most enjoyable way to learn polyrhythm at an early stage. (Wilma Young, Iceland)

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The pupils love to play the violin duets. They liked very much Csàrdàs, Divers' Ragtime and Tarantella à la Russe. The pieces do not make high technical demands for the first years; they include catchy melodies, introduce in an effective manner various playing techniques (pizz, double stops, gliss, etc) and provide a great rhythmical variety. (Maria Weiss, Iceland)

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One of the most rewarding experiences was the performance of Afrika, Afrika, in a students' concert by two violin choruses - each playing one violin part - and several pupils who divided among themselves the percussion part. This book is a welcome addition to the rather arid field of violin duets for the first years. (Kathryn Harrison, Reykjavik)

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It is a pleasure for me to recommend Davidsson's violin duets he composed for the first years. I used them successfully in school years 1993-4. It always cheers one up to discover new teaching material which the pupils love to play (Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir, Reykjavik)

ON THE DUETS AND TRIOS FOR CELLI

With his compositions for 2, 3 and 4 celli, Mr. Davidsson has filled a real need for new works for this combination. The pieces, well composed and attractive, are aimed specifically at the lower grades. I strongly urge pupils and teachers to acquaint themselves with Davidsson's music. (Gunnar Kvaran, cello teacher, Reykjavik)

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Davidsson's pieces for violoncelli are real MUSIC. Children loved many of the pieces and spontaneously ask to play them. I often begin my lessons by letting my pupils play one of these pieces. Some of them, such as Provençal, Voyage to the Open and Pavane require serious work but they are worth the trouble. Divers' Ragtime is a real hit! (Alfred Knüsel, Basel)

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I have thoroughly enjoyed using these duets with my pupils and they have played them most enthusiastically. The pieces provide a colourful selection of styles, moods and cultures to suit all age groups. The children loved exploring all the ways of getting sounds from their cellos. It has helped me introduce a whole range of techniques and effects (e.g. glissandi, tremolo, harmonics, etc) which I probably would not have dealt with at this early stage as the repertoire for this standard does not usually require it. It is well within their grasp and it expands their tonal colours.

I liked the fact that trios and a quartet were included and could involve players of mixed ability. The beginners can learn so much by playing with more advanced pupils..... These duets are ideal for concerts as separate pieces or selected to form miniature suites. (M. Ruth Caldwell, London)

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"The pieces are musically appealing and pedagogically useful, and were recently used with great success by the juniors at the AUSTA Queenland Cello Extravaganza. An excellent publication and a delightful new addition to the student cello repertoir." (Australian String Teacher, Winter 1996)

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