Christmas Melodies: Double Stop Solos and Duets for Viola, Volumes I and II and American Melodies: Double Stop Solos and Duets for Viola, Volumes I and II, offer interesting material for students at varying levels of advancement.
Mrs. Martha Yasuda has presented a novel way of introducing a student to the potentially formidable world of double stops. She has strategically started Volume I to begin first with some very nice duets that later become double stop solo versions, while Volume II, using the same pieces, presents this same concept with a higher degree of technical challenge and bravura.
These arrangements are expertly written and carefully edited for the student and they delight with originality and flair. I warmly recommend both Christmas and American Melodies.
William Preucil, Sr. is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, former principal violist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the Stradivari Quartet, and is Emeritus Professor at the University of Iowa, where he received its annual M.L. Huit Award for Teaching Excellence in 1992. He is the recording artist for the method books of the Suzuki Viola School, and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, vice-president of the International Suzuki Association, and vice-president of the American Viola Society, which gave him its Creative Achievement Award in 2008. He is also the recipient of the American String Teachers Association 2009 Artist Teacher Award. An SAA registered Teacher Trainer, Mr. Preucil has performed concerts and taught classes in more than thirty-five countries on six continents.