Mel Bay's A Collection of Original Music for Hammered Dulcimer and Other Instruments

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Historically, music composed specifically for the hammered dulcimer has been rare. Here are 56 Rizzetta original pieces, including reels, waltzes, hornpipes, jigs, rags, blues, boogie, airs, and music for meditation and healing, that explore all the depth, power, versatility, and emotion of this ancient and expressive instrument. The book includes background about the people, places, and events that inspired each composition. While some pieces require a 16/15 chromatic dulcimer, many fit a 12/11. Melody lines are in standard notation with chord symbols. Many have variations with advanced ornamentation; some have alternate arrangements for four octave chromatic dulcimers. In addition to solos, there are six ensemble arrangements, including quartets, which are useful for groups and workshop teachers. While this collection is most appropriate for intermediate and experienced players, advanced beginners will be able to play some of the tunes. The collection includes originals from the Sam Rizzetta CDs Dulcimer Boogie, Saving Trees, Trapezoid, Flowing Waters, Ocean¹s Edge, Bucks & Does, and Seven Valleys.

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Sam Rizetta is a musician, artist, and musical instrument maker who has been at the forefront of Dulcimer music since the 1960 s. His award winning, handmade instruments and his expressive playing have brought the magic of dulcimers to many people and many places, including the National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center. The influential dulcimer quartet and string band, Trapezoid, was founded by Sam in 1975. He also started the dulcimer playing workshops and taught for over twenty-five years at the Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia. In addition to recording with Trapezoid, Sam has ten solo CDs of original and traditional music. Rizetta dulcimers have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Folk Festival, and featured in the first issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine. Many of Sam s design innovations have become essential to the modern dulcimer and are enjoyed by almost all of today s dulcimer players, performers, and builders. His invention of the Piano Dulcimer has made it possible for many more musicians to understand and play the dulcimer and to use it for a greater variety of music. Sam also designs instruments for dulcimer manufacturer Dusty Strings of Seattle, Washington, writes the Technical Column for Dulcimer Player News, and builds instruments in his West Virginia studio. Sam and his wife, Carrie, grow hollyhocks and share ten acres with assorted birds, fish, cats, and deer.

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