Sixth grade students in the Orchestra are working hard on some fiddle music we have in our folders. Fiddle music is typically quick and active; you can see how much everyone is concentrating on reading this new music!
It is exciting to play music from different cultures in our class. The fiddle style of playing has roots in 14th Century Norway, Ireland and Scotland, but has now spread to many different parts of the world, like India, Israel, Turkey, and even our own Appalachian Mountains.
The students recently mastered a short piece written by an Austrian, Franz Joseph Haydn, which was dedicated to, and premiered in London, England! Coming soon, sixth grade will perfect what is considered the first national anthem of the United States, “Chester,” written by the first American-born composer, William Billings.
As you can see, one of the performance techniques we are polishing is always keeping the bow hair perpendicular to the string as we draw the bow across the instrument.