The last piece in the Suzuki Book 2 is Minuet by Boccherini.
In the Shinozaki Violin Method, this piece is introduced in Volume 3, using grace notes and harmonics (third position).
About Boccherini and this work
Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) is an Italian composer and cellist of the same era as Haydn and Mozart.
He was a very good cellist himself, so he composed cello concertos, cello sonatas, and also more than 100 string quintets (which is a string quartet with one more cello) and of course, he was playing them himself.
This Minuet is the 3rd movement of the string quintet (= cello quintet), opus 275, which was written in 1775. It is a masterpiece of Boccherini, and it is very often performed alone.
The Minuet is a dance in 3/4 time.
Moderato e grazioso means:
Moderato = moderately, not too fast
e = and
grazioso = gracefully
In other words, let’s play elegantly without playing too fast.
Let’s start practicing together
I highly recommend that you practice the A Major and D Major scales first, then work on this Minuet.
This time, I made an arrangement for 3 violins based on the piano accompaniment, and played it in 3 different tempos ( or ‘tempi’): quarter notes = 84, 70, 63 with metronome. Please use the one that suits you, and enjoy practicing !
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