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This book gives a good but not to long explanation of Indian music to western players. The first pieces are etudes and scales that stems from old Indian composers. The most important / new thing for westerners are learning the different ornaments. Then there is a steady progression towards complex pieces. The author has made the wise decision not too include improvisation in this book, since that is a much longer road But by playing these pieces you get a feeling for the Indian style of music that inspires to learn .
This book is not for violin beginners. You need to be a quite experienced player to be able to play these pieces. This maybe should have been written on the front page.
I would like to have fingerings written, since, being unfamiliar with the style, I don't know when to shift positions, when to use glissando or not, etc. Also, some of the ornaments are a little bit confusingly explained.
Otherwise I am very happy with this book. Is there a volume 2? English Finally! Someone has published a springboard for all of us who have cherished Indian music, aquired a library of CD's and recordings, but have never had access to a personal teacher, or formal introduction to India's rich, but formidable classical music tradition. When I saw that this book was published I was hopeful, but when it came and I realized what was included, I was elated!
Candida Connolly, herself a respected teacher and professed student of Vidwan N. Gopalakrishna Iyer and Sri Kadri Gopalnath, with acknowlegements to many others, has created the first ever that I'm aware of, comprehensive attempt to introduce the today's violinist with a practical (standard notation) approach to the beautiful devotional melodies of India. Included in this Volume is a short history of India's musical origins, explanation of Raga and Tala, description of Indian instruments, the aural & improvisational tradition, examples and brief explanation of Sargam in Karnatic & Hindustani Rhythmic practices, with inclusion of not only the ragas, but of melodic compositions of Tyagaraja, Dikshitar, and Syama Sastri, established as the core of what makes up much of the Karnatic music. Also are detailed examples of common Gamakas (or ornaments), and the book also comes with a helpful CD of listening examples to follow each selection of the music represented in the book by unprecendented publication in western notation.
This work is a treasure chest for opening up another world of music to the hungry violinist!
Thank you Candida Connolly for this valuable gift!~ LaDonna Smith, violinist English Wel l put together book with good CD English This book is a good starting place, for people who already play the violin. And who know something about the music of India. I would recomend it in those circumstances. WNL English

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(Schott). This book presents North and South Indian music in staff notation to whet the appetite of discerning western violin players. The melodies begin at around Grade 4 level, progressing to GCSE and A level music performance material. The explanation of North and South Indian music comes with a variety of ragas and compositions from both systems. Candida Connolly provides an informative introduction to this interesting and beautiful music, including careful explanations of the elaborate ornamentation. The pieces are performed on the accompanying CD by Candida and her colleagues from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Centre, London. Contents: Acknowledgements * Foreword * Purpose of this book * Introduction of Indian music * Learning structure * Indian violin * Text explanation * South Indian * North Indian * Appendices Indian Melodies: for Violin