Next year we will be focusing on classical performances of folk music, using different aspects of string sounds to make our arrangements more imaginative.We love so much of the folk repertoire and feel there is plenty of scope to develop classically-based versions of these well known tunes and that they are ideal for expanding the different effects you can achieve on strings.
But there are so many different ways of playing folk tunes. My favourite recordings include the interpretations of Russian folk songs by the great bass singer Chaliapin, violin versions of folk music by Heifetz and Percy Grainger’s string orchestra arrangement of Molly on the Shore. There are also many traditional folk performers I enjoy -one of whom is Duncan Chisholm https://www.duncanchisholm.com/
Is folk music more free? …
…well it’s more free in that there’s more scope for improvisation and most performers never use music. On the other hand, it is also far more repetitive and far easier technically – which has advantages and disadvantages.
You can only play as you are
Ultimately you can only play as you are, and for me classical performances of folk music for strings are the ultimate – but is good to borrow ideas and rework them in your own way. We already sell an album of six of our folk tune arrangements which you can find out more about here:https://www.fedorastrings.com/product/six-great-folk-tunes-arranged-for-violin-and-cello-duet/