Film directed by Forrest O'Connor. Music composed by Mark O'Connor
Mark and Maggie O'Connor - from the cd "Duo"
"F. C.'s Jig" composed by Mark O'Connor
Mark O'Connor - Violin
Maggie O'Connor - Violin
Video Directed by Forrest O'Connor
Assisted by Jim Shirey
"F. C.’s Jig"
In 1990, I composed my first concerto, The Fiddle Concerto. It was the first of its kind in that it adhered to Western classical concerto form and development yet drew upon American fiddling themes, rhythm, stylistic development, technique, and approaches to sound. Five years later, Yo-Yo Ma asked me to compose a duet for us to record on our debut album together. I adapted a movement of The Fiddle Concerto for this purpose using material from the third movement, which is in jig time (6/8). I retained the (1st) violin line from the score and I adapted the entire symphonic orchestration into the second line. The result is an example of American Classical string music. -Mark O'Connor
Music from the cd "Duo" and sheet music available in - O'Connor Method Book V and "Seven Violin Duos") "A New American School of String Playing"
Album notes writer Professor Péter Kováts, a Bartok-Pasztory Award winner violinist from Hungary, compared Mark O’Connor’s duo compositions/arrangements to those of classical composer great Bela Bartok; “The roots of Mark O’Connor's compositions are in the traditional American fiddling styles, and I am sure his unique and excellent settings will serve the same goal that Bela Bartók’s Duos serve. Being a concert violinist and university violin pedagogue, I welcome the birth of these fantastic O’Connor Duos and wish great success for them!”
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Mark O'Connor: markoconnor.com
Maggie O'Connor: maggieoconnorviolin.com
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Mark and Maggie use D'Addario Strings (Thanks to Lyris Hung)
Filmed at Rockaway Beach, NY (Thanks to Steve Horner)