James Domine: Suite for Violin and Guitar (Eurosuite)

This suite of characteristic Eastern European songs and dances arranged for violin and guitar are related by their cultural source of origin. Comprising a collection of folk dances from Russia, Moldavia & Romania, the tunes are authentic examples of ethnic music and every effort has been made to preserve the regional character of each selection. The suite opens with a Russian tune entitled Polyanka that begins with a slow introduction in which the sound of the balalaika is imitated, followed by a spirited dance sequence. The second movement is the Zhok, a lively dance in which the modal colors of the Near East are featured. Next, a slow melancholy Russian dance called Ya Seezhu na Kameny (I am seated upon a stone) provides contrast to the fast tempo of the opening movements. This is followed by a lovely, wistful Moldavian waltz that opens with a traditional flourish in the minor mode. The suite concludes with the familiar Romanian tune, Circiorlia, (the Cuckoo) once a favorite among borscht-belt violinists and made famous as part of Enesco’s Roumanian Rhapsodie.

Duetto: Eurosuite for Violin & Guitar

  • This includes the Program Notes as a separate PDF, and the PDF musical score file.