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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.
(...) Each piece has imaginative writing and precise markings and will inspire and give pleasure throughout the year. Music Teacher Magazine 01/2013
(...) the pieces do work well on the clarinet, and are aimed at the moderately advanced player. The Balkan musical tradition is an aural one, and players of the region would embellish the melodies with much ornamentation. The performances on the CD reflect this, and a section at the back of the book expands on how the basic melodies could be interpreted. (...) Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine Spring 2014 Volume 39 No.1 (Andrew Smith)