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STRING QUARTETS

The Easy and Intermediate lists below have been compiled from suggestions by viola mailing list members.

These two lists are followed by the ABRSM Syllabuses for String Quartet.

Easy Quartets.
Intermediate Quartets
ABRSM Syllabuses

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EASY QUARTETS
(UK Grades 2 to 3, ASTA Grades 1 to 2)


Auton : (5 sets) :
Aunt Nan and the Old Man.
Classics for Strings, Set 1.
Folk Songs for Strings. Sets 1, 2, and 3.
Musicland

Applebaum. Chamber Music for String Orchestra. Books One and Two
Belwin Mills

Baker. All at Sea (sea shanties)
Spartan Press

Burgoyne. Suite of the Day
Boosey and Hawkes

Irma Clarke. Introduction to String Quartets Book 1, Classics
Boston

Dale : (4 sets) :
J.S.Bach. Favourites
Beethoven. Favourites
Elgar Favourites
Schubert. Favourites
Piper Publications

Etling Quartet Series :
Haydn String Quartets.
Edmund Siennicki (ed.) 7 Easy Quartets.
Highland/Etling

Alfred Fischer. Peace Variations for Strings
Seesaw

Gange : (4 sets) :
Handel. Favourites
Mozart. Favourites
Purcell. Favourites
Sullivan. Favourites
Piper Publications

Herfurth. A Tune A Day, Book Two (items marked string quartet/ ensemble)
Boston Music Co

Herfurth. Early Classics for Beginning String Quartet
Boston

Hewitt-Jones : (2 sets) :
Grumpy Grasshoppers.
Hidden Rhymes.
Musicland

Kember. Classical Pieces for String Quartet.
Schott

Lumsden.Susato for Strings, Sets 1, 2, and 3.
Musicland

Munday. Arco Anthems
Spartan Press

Sheila Nelson : (3 sets) :
Tunes for my String Quartet.
Quartet Club : Books One and Two.
Boosey and Hawkes

Pejtsik and Vigh. Classical Quartet Music for Beginners (First position)
Editio Musica Budapest

Praetorius. Dances from Terpsichore
Musicland

Turner. Christmas Quartets.
Schott


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INTERMEDIATE QUARTETS
(UK Grades 4 to 6, ASTA Grades 3 to 4)


Auton : (2 sets) :
Classics for Strings, Set 2.
Up and Back a Double (Country Dances).
Musicland

Irma Clarke : (2 sets) :
Introduction to String Quartets Book 2, Classics.
String Music of the Baroque Era for String Quartet.
Boston Music

Bach. Bach for Strings, arr. Irma Clarke
Schirmer

Dale : (4 sets) :
Beethoven Favourites, Level 2.
Elgar Favourites, Level 2.
Schubert Favourites, Level 2.
Tchaikovsky Favourites, Level 2.
Piper Publications

Forest Etling (ed.) Three Famous String Quartets (Schubert, Tchaikovksy)
Highland/ Etling

Watson Forbes (ed.) Easy String Quartets, Books 1, 2 and 3
Chester

Gange : (5 sets) :
J.S.Bach Favourites, Level 2
Handel Favourites, Level 2.
Mozart Favourites, Level 2.
Purcell Favourites, Level 2.
Sullivan Favourites, Level 2.
Piper Publications

Gazebo Series for String Quartet : (5 sets) :
Alexander's RagTime Band.
Amazing Grace.
Gay Nineties Medley.
Tiger Rag.
Vaudeville Spectacular.
Musicians Publications

Glazunov, Liadov, Kimsky-Korsakov. Festive Moods Quartet
Kalmus

Charles Hambourg.
Quartet No.1 in D
Quartet No.2 in F
Lengnick

Angela Hewitt-Jones : (6 sets) :
Ragtime, Serenade and Rumba.
Birds of a Feather.
The Great Western.
Hidden Carols.
The Mary Rose.
The Spider's Web.
Musicland

William McConnell : (7 sets) :
Handel with care.
Highland Whisky : Reels and Strathspeys.
Irish Mist.
The North and The South : Tunes from the American Civil War.
Reel Fiddlin'.
The Ship's Fiddler, Sea Songs and Shanties.
Wheal Friendly (Cornish Folk Tunes).
Spartan Press

Bernard McWilliams. Medley of Russian Folk Songs
Boston

Etling String Quartet Series
Mozart String Quartets
Highland/ Etling

Mozart. Quartet for Strings, arr. Bowen
Shawnee

Munday. Arco Amadeus
Spartan Press

Paradise : (6 sets) :
The Best of Beethoven.
The Best of Corelli.
The Best of Haydn.
The Best of Mozart.
The Best of Schubert.
The Best of Johann Strauss Jr. Waltzes
Belwin/ Warner

Pejtsik. Easy Classic String Quartets.
Editio Musica Budapest

Michael Rose. Cantilena
Fentone

Schubert.
Five German Dances with Coda and Seven Trios.
Five Minuets with Six Trios.
Kalmus

Vernon Taranto Jr. (arr.) Christmas Album, six popular carols
Latham


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QUARTET SYLLABUSES

The ABRSM issues syllabuses for string quartet at three levels of difficulty.

 

PRIMARY level Quartets
(UK Grades 4 to 5)


J. S. Bach Contrapunctus no.1 (from 'The Art of Fugue')
from Easy String Quartets, Book 3, arr. Forbes
Chester/Music Sales

Johann Fischer Tafelmusik Suite
Baerenreiter

Charles Hambourg String Quartet no.2 in F
Lengnick/William Elkin

Locke Suite no.3 in C
from Locke 4 Suites
Peters

Purcell Chaconne (from 'King Arthur')
from Easy String Quartets, Book 1, arr. Forbes
Chester/Music Sales

 

INTERMEDIATE level Quartets
(UK Grades 6 to 7)


Beethoven Prelude and Fugue in F
Nagel/Baerenreiter

Boccherini String Quartet in D minor, Op.10 no.2
from Boccherini Quartets
Peters

Mozart String Quartet in C, K.157
from Mozart 13 Early Quartets, Book 1
Baerenreiter

Purcell Fantasia a 4 in G, Z.742
from Purcell Fantasias and In Nomines
Novello/Music Sales

C. Stamitz Quartetto Concertante in G
Schott/M.D.S.

 

ADVANCED level Quartets
(UK Grade 8)


Beethoven String Quartet in D, Op.18 no.3
from Beethoven Quartets, Vol.1
Peters

Borodin String Quartet no.2 in D
Belaieff/Peters

Dvorak String Quartet in F 'The American', Op.96
Simrock/Schauer

Haydn String Quartet in D, Hob.III/34
Doblinger-Kalmus/M.D.S.

Schubert String Quartet in A minor, Op.29 no.1, D.804
from Schubert Quartets, Vol.1
Peters


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