Twinkle harmony/duets?

Griena Goody said: Oct 3, 2008
Griena Goody Choi-Trask
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Voice, Viola
Mountain House, CA
8 posts

Hi I’m trying to ‘collect’ as many different Twinkle duets and harmonies that I can for my group so that my advanced students can have something more challenging to play, the intermediate students can also play a manageable duet part, etc. Could anybody share if you have a neat Twinkle harmony part?


Jennifer Visick said: Oct 3, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Sometimes I will set a recording of the twinkle accompaniment to play through my stereo speakers, turn it up moderately loud so I can hear it while playing, and improvise until I figure out something interesting for me or a more advanced student to do.

Kerstin Wartberg’s Trio Book (the score version) has a harmony and an easier harmony part to each book1 and book 2 piece.

William Starr’s 77 Variations on Suzuki melodies has some interesting (and challenging) twinkle variations that can be played in harmony with the ‘normal’ variations with only a slight modification in the chords on the piano in one measure of Twinkle, including variations using all harmonics, or all double stops, etc….

Connie Sunday said: Oct 3, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Jen mentioned the Kerstin Wartberg books and the materials by William and Constance Starr.

The materials published specifically by the same company that publishes the Suzuki books are as follows:
Suzuki Violin books, 2nd violin part, Vols. 1-3
Suzuki books arranged for string quartet: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3.

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:

Heather Figi said: Aug 31, 2014
Heather FigiViolin
Eugene, OR
97 posts


I know this is years later but I have a collection of harmony parts for 2,3 or 4 violins to Twinkle Theme. They were created with a goal of giving your more advanced students compelling parts to play with the younger ones. You can watch a video and purchase an eBook on my website (link) and also if you send me a message I am happy to share samples with you.

Secondly, on the subject of duets, the Rygner—Fun for Two Violins series is excellent and for the most parts, Volumes 1 & 2 correlate with Suzuki Books.

Happy music making!

Martha Yasuda said: Sep 1, 2014
Martha Yasuda
Suzuki Association Member
Smyma, GA
7 posts

Glad to know about your books, Heather. I’ll have to check them out! I don’t know if you are aware of my 19 Suzuki-licensed books or not. Here is a link for my Folk Song Melodies book that includes Twinkle for 2-3 or 4 violins, just like you have done. It would be interesting to compare our writing, yes?

Happy Labor Day to you!


Heather Figi said: Sep 2, 2014
Heather FigiViolin
Eugene, OR
97 posts

Hi Martha—

Thank you very much for the reply and for sharing this information.

I am thrilled to learn about your work. This is very exciting and offers so much. I wish more people knew about things like your resources!

I get most of my information from catalogs, colleagues and these discussion boards but have never heard of your works before.

How can we help more people learn about things like this? I can only imagine how many teachers would love to know about these? Perhaps a link on the SAA page for teaching resources created by Suzuki teachers for Suzuki teachers?

Best wishes and again, thank you very much for sharing this. Incredible website!


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