Suzuki Violin Pieces in their Original Forms

Mark Polesky said: Jul 18, 2012
 3 posts

Here’s a list of all the Suzuki violin pieces, with information on the original versions of each, with links to scores and recordings. Hopefully some readers here will find it useful, or at least interesting.

Suzuki Violin Pieces in their Original Forms

Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.


Carmen said: Jul 20, 2012
 13 posts

This is great!!  I was wondering about the original pieces.  I knew that the Book 1 Minuets were written for the keyboard.  The alarm bell came on when I named the actual title of the last song from Book 3, and the kids who were playing it gave me blank stares and told me that it’s just the “Borree”.  Thank you for putting this together!  It is a invaluable resource for a more complete music education.


a Suzuki parent who was just planning to find a recording and original scores of the first song in Book 2

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Mary Anne Polk O'Meara said: Jul 20, 2012
Mary Anne Polk O’Meara
Suzuki Association Member
16 posts

A couple more:

Go Tell Aunt Rhody was originally a lullaby by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (according to Sheila Keats, piano teacher trainer.

Minuet 2 is anonymous, tho put by J.S. Bach in his Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
Minuet 3 is also from Bach’s notebook, but written by C. Petzold
The g minor minuet at the end of old piano book 2, now in book 3 is also from that notebook and by C. Petzold.
These 3 minuets are attributed correctly in the revised piano books, but not in the revised violin books!

Mark Polesky said: Jul 20, 2012
 3 posts

Carmen — glad you find the site helpful!

Mary Anne — regarding Go Tell Aunt Rhody: sort of. The melody was based on a wordless gavotte found in Rousseau’s opera Le Devin du village, but this was far from a lullaby. You can sample the original here (click on the play button next to track 21 “Scene 8. Pantomime”). This is all explained in the website—check it out!

Suzuki Violin Pieces in their Original Forms

Jennifer Gray said: Aug 4, 2012
Jennifer Gray
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
28 posts

Thank you Mark! Such a wonderful resource.

Jennifer Visick said: Sep 3, 2014
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
1069 posts

Just came across this blog on aunt rhody…

Now I’m wondering if I can find sheet music for the pizzicato background/accompaniment on the Musunde hiraite youtube link on that blog…

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