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    There's a facility for PTSD sufferers in my area, and they'd like for me to perform there. I'm just wondering what kind of pieces would be suitable for the patients, and if you have any experience with performing for people with PTSD.
    I have a few in mind already, things like Ave Maria, basically anything by Fauré. I was also thinking of Ashokan Farewell. They have to be slow and soothing, I guess. I was wondering if the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite would be good, as well.
    I'd like to get twenty minutes' worth, if I can. I'll contact them to see how long a performance would be acceptable for. Once I have a list, I'll send it to them for confirmation.
    Any help or suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. This is my first time performing for a casual audience, certainly my first time for PTSD sufferers.
    Thanks in advance.
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    What a good idea. Bless you. I have no musical experience with PTSD to relate, but I'll try to make some suggestions, anyway. Unfortunately, the first music that comes to mind likely requires some kind of accompaniment--such as Massenet's "Meditation on a theme by Thäis": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dutwdF1NJKg , Vaughn Williams "The Lark Ascending": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huUvk6WPTMY, & Debussy's "Reverie": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZQCTEqS3Bo (or Clair du Lune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKd0VII-l3A). Apart from those pieces, I find Renaissance Lute music to be especially tranquil and relaxing, & there's no music more calming to me than that of Josquin Desprez (whose music Renaissance lutenists were especially fond of transcribing). Would you be up to the challenge of transcribing something to the violin, if that could work? (or if not by Josquin, perhaps some other lute music?). Here's a full album of Josquin lute transcriptions, as played by lutenist Jacob Heringman>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7fz...vsbdUdBS7xdXxk

    Otherwise, would you be able to transcribe Handel's Menuet in G minor to the solo violin (from the Wilhelm Kempff piano transcription)? or Bach's Air on the G string?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lhHJ2ZAfvE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1_bCsEHJ2c

    My other thought is, does it really have to all be tranquil music? I think something soulful and more rhythmic would be good too. You don't want to bore them. Perhaps you could find some upbeat Blue Grass violin music to play? maybe something along the lines of the material performed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet on their album "Montana (& their Mug & Brush Sessions)--which I find so life affirming?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjn7ckAGFoQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8f8...2ZFM86YpjpUaRL
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1VaduyMExw

    or a classic rock ballade transcribed to the violin? something along the lines of what Rachel Barton Pine & Nigel Kennedy do (but not so "heavy' metal", of course)? Such as an improvisation on Jimi Hendrix's song, Little Wing? Who doesn't like Little Wing?

    https://vimeo.com/166581864
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5Vk...vrNUOaR60eWXlH
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An4uDegHB8s

    Or, maybe a song by Simon & Garfunkel? like "Scarborough Fair"?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYQaD2CAi9A
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KplxA4o-bGA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGWQizi_Yck

    or, "For Emily, whenever I may find her"?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAZ0kHpJ0KI

    I hope I've said something that helps, & good luck!
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    Thabk you!
    I can transcribe, so that shouldn't be an issue. I'll look at those. I love renaissance lute, as well.
    I did think that by playing just a bunch of tranquil pieces I'd bore them. I'll try Scarborough Fair, which most people in my area love, and maybe a rock/blues song. That should be fine. If it's not, I'm sending the list in to them and they can tell me, anyway.
    Thanks for your kind response.

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    Here’s one more that might interest you—a wonderful album by Joshua Bell full of individual selections:

    https://www.amazon.com/Romance-Violi...t_mus_ep_dpi_1

    The selections are beautiful and calming without being boring.
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    ”Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.”

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    Nice recommendation - BTW … Hey, Lark …. were you ever on the old (now-discontinued) Amazon music discussion boards?

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    I've been thinking, since you say that you can transcribe, maybe it would be better to transcribe directly from Josquin's works, and by pass the lute transcriptions. It might be more interesting for you, too. Of course, I don't know if it's even possible to transcribe multi-part vocal works to a solo violin? but if it could work, I think it'd be extremely interesting. If so, here's my favorite Josquin album (of many)--the Orlando Consort singing his motets: for me, this CD contains some of the most beautiful and deeply spiritual music ever composed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWxE...k3Twvwvf3wTe2O
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    Jeanette, this is a great project, kudos to you.

    Other titles to explore are the Arioso by Bach, Ave Verum by Mozart or The Swan by Saint-Saens... Of course, there are many more, but if it is relaxing and soothing music what you are looking for, please, let me know, I'll give you more suggestions.

    If you like, I'll be happy to open you a free Membership on Virtual Sheet Music. We have most of those titles on our site, ready to be downloaded and played. And if you are looking for a specific transcription we don't currently have, I'll be glad to consider to make it for you.

    Please, let me know if that's something that could be useful for your purpose.

    We need more people like you, please, keep it up!
    Fabrizio Ferrari, supervisor
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    Transcription idea: Thomas Tallis, O Nata Lux

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4pwX_ru7fc

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