Aleksey Igudesman might reasonably be described as a modern day Victor Borge. With his cabaret partner, Hyung-ki Joo, he has toured concert halls all over the world, wringing all that is humorous out of classical music with just the basic tools of violin and piano. “In my Garden 1” shows Igudesman in another light, that of a violin teacher, providing excellent material for younger violin students. Each piece depicts a fruit or vegetable to be found growing in the garden and includes a short poem (in English, French and German) and pictures to inspire the pupil and help them to interpret the music.
But these are not just fun to play; they conceal useful study material to improve technique like staccato or lyrical smooth bowing. Clever use of double stops (one note always an open string) will help the student make a more rewarding sound and inspire confidence.
Grade 1 students can enjoy some of the pieces and still be dipping into it a year or two later. A piano part is included to make these pieces ideal for an end-of-term concert and, for more ideas, Igudesman has also depicted animals in similar fashion in his two volumes “In the Zoo”.
Here is easy concert and teaching material for Grades 2-4, Learn while having fun!
Stringendo Magazine Volume 40 No.1, April 2018 (Mary Nemet)
This is a beautiful book to read and look at and evidently a lot of love and care has gone into its production, with a humorous and stylish cartoon adorning each piece and an accompanying poem loosely translated to work in three languages.
Music Teacher Magazine, March 2018 (Helena Ruinard)
I found these pieces thought-provoking to review because they were original and interesting….. The pieces did inspire excellent discussion for which I would recommend them and they might appeal to the more unconventional young player.
Arco Magazine, Spring 2018, Volume 44 No.2 (Veronique Matarasso)