Playing with Style


  • Chromatic Tango
  • Soft Shoe
  • Hoedown
  • April Rag
  • Hopak
  • Mellow Moment

Colourful audience pleasing pieces which are enjoyable to play and will broaden the musical horizons of intermediate level players.

Available for

Violin Duet
Viola Duet
String Quartet or String Orchestra
Piano Accompaniment

  • concert pieces in various dance styles (ragtime, jazz, tango, etc.)
  • fun to play, with glissando, tremolo, swing rhythms and other special techniques

Playing with Style for Violin Duet
Playing with Style for Viola Duet

  • can be played by two violins, two violas, or one of each 
  • melody is shared between the two parts
  • parts are of equal difficulty
  • duets sound best when played with the Piano Accompaniment part

Playing with Style for String Quartet or String Orchestra

  • melody is shared – all members of the group have a chance to play the melody
  • Violin 3 part can replace the Viola part
  • can be used with or without the String Bass part
  • Piano Accompaniment part is optional

Playing with Style – Piano Accompaniment

  • recommended with the Violin and Viola Duet parts
  • optional with the String Quartet or String Orchestra version
“Here’s a find that you won’t want to miss: duets that entertain players and audience alike… Studio teachers, here’s your chance to add enjoyment to sight reading pieces for your advanced students.”
— Review, American String Teacher, August 2008
“Violists should love Joanne Martin! These are dynamite duets, full of delightful harmonies and unexpected rhythms. As always, Joanne Martin writes some of the most interesting and sophisticated music for violas. There are a variety of styles; ragtime, Latin, fiddle – always with a twist.”
— Customer review, Sheet Music Plus, July 2008