The Balkans - where Europe meets Asia... All the cultural diversity of the Balkans is reflected in its varied and colourful music. Hidan Mamudov's selection of pieces from the region, in arrangements for ensemble and separate play-along editions for solo instruments, will provide new experiences for middle-grade players and beyond…
The pieces are selected from Turkey, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Included are fascinating historical notes about the music and descriptions of traditional instruments. Special playing techniques are explained and performance tips will help players achieve an authentic sound. All this, together with the CDs of demonstration performances and play-along tracks is sure to be inspirational.
Suitable for grades 2-7, many of the pieces look quite simple on the page,... but their up-tempo realisation is another matter.
Stringendo Magazine 10/2014 (Hollis Taylor)