Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, David Brooker has been a performer on the viola and a music educator with a special interest in using ensemble music in instrumental teaching. His first two books, “Stringplay” and “Stringplay Around the World” reflected this, providing resources for elementary string orchestra and now “String Trios from Around the World” takes the idea to the smaller ensemble of violin, viola and cello.
This book of folk music from four continents, with an emphasis on love songs, keeps to the spirit of the original pieces while making the music idiomatic and fun to play. The parts are equal in difficulty (easy to intermediate); in fact, David says that, as a violist himself, he has made sure that the violinist doesn’t get all the tunes! The arrangements include a few unusual techniques but David promises they are not as hard as they look or sound.
David Brooker has taken great care in ensuring that the three parts are technically equal, with all players sharing the tunes. (...) These trios could also be played by string orchestra and would be very suitable for wedding gigs especially where some culturally specific music is desired.
Stringendo Magazine Volume 40 No.1, April 2018 (Anne Berry)
This collection of pieces is a rich and interesting introduction to playing an independent string part for young or amateur players. They are tuneful and enjoyable to play with gentle musical and technical challenges and provide excellent written material for chamber music coaching. They represent good value and I recommend them as a highly welcome addition to the current ensemble teaching repertoire.
Arco Magazine, Autumn 2017 (Veronique Matarasso)