I consider Suzuki Violin Book 2 to be a collection of little gems and have enjoyed playing the different character pieces in this collection for decades. If you have not yet exposed yourself to the original opera, song or dance versions where these pieces were extracted from it is a highly enjoyable endeavor! I marveled when I first heard how brisk and joyful Chorus from "Judas from Maccabeaus" sounded - it is a contrast from the stern and slow style that is often taught by Suzuki Violin teachers.
Below is a list of links to the origins from some of the repertoire in Suzuki Violin Book 2.
1. Chorus from "Judas Maccabeaus"
2. Musette example from J.S. Bach (this is to help give a sense for the dance and bagpipe feel of a true musette).
3. Hunters' Chorus
4. Long, Long Ago
6. Bouree (I was unable to find this).
7. The Two Grenadiers
8. Theme from "Witches of Dance"
9. Gavotte from "Mignon"
10. Lully Gavotte
11. Minuet in G
12. Boccherini Minuet
Additionally, Mark Polesky just created a resource of references for the origins of pieces from all of the Suzuki Violin repertoire Books 1-10. For a more in depth exploration of the Suzuki repertoire please visit: http://www.markpolesky.com/suzuki/
Feel free to share related links to your favorite Suzuki related recordings below in our comments.
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