Cami Shaskin

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Cami J. Shaskin graduated with her master's degree in Music Education in 2008. Violin has always been her primary instrument, since beginning private lessons at age five. See for her music résumé, or click on Spotlights for historical recordings. Cami has enjoyed an array of experiences in writing, from penning award-winning articles as a journalism staff writer in high school, tutoring peers at BYU's Writing Center, earning a Writing Fellows scholarship and a minor in Language and Computers, and later becoming a published author. She recently picked up web programming as a hobby, earning a certificate in Web Programming and Development from the local community college. This blog has been a collaborative effort between her and her husband, who is a Web Developer by profession. Together, they designed and coded this blog and its original content "from scratch."


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Top Classical Tunes for Violin
23 Aug 2022
Disclaimer: There are SO many of these lists online, I debated about creating one more. But this incorporates many genres, ensemble sizes, and styles, so in that sense, it's a little more unique. In the instances where I do agree with the experts, that's a good sign, as it probably means those pieces really are the most well-known, agreed-upon, true classics!

Sixteen Selections/Sixteen Composers: Pieces Every Classical Violinist Should be Familiar With

  1. “Ode to Joy” – Beethoven
  2. Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
  3. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
  4. Pachelbel’s Canon in D
  5. Minuet – Boccherini
  6. Meditation from “Thais” – Massenet
  7. Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah
  8. Chaconne in d minor – Bach
  9. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
  10. Trepak and Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Ballet – Tchaikovsky
  11. Morning from “Pier Gynt Suite” – Grieg
  12. Largo from "New World" Symphony – Dvorak
  13. Devil’s Dream – Traditional Fiddle Tune
  14. Irish Washerwoman – Traditional Irish Jig
  15. Masterpiece Theatre Theme (Rondeau) – Mouret
  16. Blue Danube Waltz – Strauss

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