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Best Selling Albums

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New sheet music albums

We are now selling our most popular selections of violin and cello duets in themed albums at a bargain price. Each album – Six Great Folk Tunes, Six Great Broadway Songs, Six Great Baroque Tunes and Six Great Romantic Tunes – contain the scores and individual parts of all six pieces, and is priced so that you can buy four arrangements for the cost of six.

About the arrangements

Every arrangement has been imaginatively written to bring the character of the music to life and the tunes are shared between the instruments. This is an excellent way to get to know some wonderful repertoire.

Bringing Opera to Life on the Cello

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The opera arias I have recently arranged for cello duet have been a pleasure to write https://www.sjmusicpublications.co.uk/sheet-music/composers.cfm/product/borrett-opera-arias
Looking at the number of instruments in a Puccini score was awe inspiring.Did Puccini immediately hear the music like this in his head or add the orchestration later? According to a friend of mine – an expert orchestrator – it was probably the former.

Overall objective
My aim with the cello duets was to ensure the tune was always clear and then try to capture the overall mood in the accompanying part, often by using cellistic special effects. In my teens I spent ages listening to recordings of great singers – and I loved the beauty of their phrasing, their rubato and the drama of it all. It’s rare to hear string music as expressively phrased as singing often is, but isn’t it worth aspiring to?

What’s Wrong with Pachelbel Canon?

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Pachelbel Canon must be the easiest orchestral piece in the world for cellists to memorise – with its 28 repetitions of the 8 note bass line. Despite the numerous cellist jokes about this work (see below) I have always enjoyed playing it. It’s fairly short, the harmonies are beautiful and if you respond to what the other players are doing it becomes more fun.

So what is a canon?
For me canons, passacaglias and chaconnes are extremely effective musical forms where the repeated harmonies create a tautness and sense of inevitability that can be inspiring. Some of my favourite music in this form is: Purcell’s Chaconne in G minor, Vitali’s Chaconne,  Britten’s Passacaglia from Peter Grimes and Bach’s Chaconne in D minor, played superbly  below by Heifetz:
https://youtu.be/EbX3frq3Qyo

And why is Pachelbel’s so popular?
Pachelbel’s Canon major key and has a calm confidence that has probably helped to make it so well liked…

Four famous cello duets published!

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SJ Music has just published my cello duet album Four Famous Opera Arias arranged for two cellos. You can buy the duets from music shops and online at SJ Music’s website: https://www.sjmusicpublications.co.uk/

Which opera arias are they?
The arias are  Toreador Song and Habanera from Carmen,  Your Tiny Hand is Frozen from La Boheme and Non Piu Andrai from The Marriage of Figaro – all very different moods. The standard is intermediate upwards and ricochet bowing, l.h. pizzicato, col legno, tremolos and harmonics are used to enhance the moods in the music.

You can buy the cd too
The cd which accompanies the arrangements can be purchased from our website here: http://www.fedorastrings.com/product-category/cd-sales/

About SJ Music
SJ Music is based in London and specialises in unusual string chamber music and cello repertoire. It sells cello duets and cello quartets and octets as well as fun melodies which focus on cello harmonics  and Christopher Bunting’s excellent technique books which I can thoroughly recommend. If you haven’t discovered this imaginative publishing company yet they are well worth exploring.

 

 

Why Slides are Brilliant!

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Why slides are great
One of the joys of playing a string instrument is being able to slide. Is there any string player who has ever used this technique more excitingly and expressively than Jascha Heifetz? Just listen to the pure electricity in his inimitable performance of Deep River:

 

Another example of superb use of slides
Great singers use slides all the time to help phrase the line, and Jonas Kauffman’s singing below is a wonderful illustration of this:

 

 

Buy Brahms Violin and Cello Duet Sheet Music Here!

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We have just added Brahms’s Hungarian Dance no 1 in G minor to our online violin and cello duet wedding sheet music shop. Click here to go straight to our shop page:

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About the Hungarian Dances
This is the first of a set of 21 Hungarian dances for various instrumental combinations which became the most profitable compositions Brahms wrote. This dance is ideal for wedding receptions and has luscious string tunes and lots of forward moving vitality, as you can hear in the orchestral version below:

Britten’s Greatest Work?

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Returning to the theme of superb string performances and repertoire –  some of Benjamin Britten’s most moving music has been written for string orchestra.  Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge is one of Britten’s greatest masterpieces.

More about the music
This work was composed when Britten was only 24, and it was inspired by his teacher Frank Bridge. The idea was that each of the variations would reflect a different side of Bridge’s personality. However, the writing transcends this formula and reveals Britten’s most vulnerable feelings. Even the apparently lighter variations – one of which is beautifully played below by the European Camerata – have such sensitivity they touch the heart:

Other music for strings
Britten writes superbly well for strings and knows how to exploit their strongest characteristics. His use of pizzicato, in both Simple Symphony (a lighter string orchestral work) and the Frank Bridge Variations often demands virtuosity – as can be seen in this performance by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra:

https://youtu.be/LU4fexkx2D8

 

 

Buy the happiest music in the world here!

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We have just published our violin and cello duet arrangement of Alleluia from Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate. Is this the happiest music in the world? Maybe!  Mozart wrote it when he was only 17. Here’s the original orchestration:

https://youtu.be/XkjjnlrWifU

This would be ideal for any wedding ceremony or reception. Click below to buy the music:

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Our new arrangement of Tambourin by the revolutionary Gossec

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The latest string duet arrangement we are selling is Tambourin by Francois Joseph Gossec. Gossec was born in 1734 and became the favourite composer of Revolutionary France. Today he is most famous for Tambourin – a delightful piece which lifts the spirit, as you can hear in this vibrant flute and harp arrangement:

Our arrangement is fun to play
Tambourin  works brilliantly for violin and cello duet – you can buy the music by clicking here:
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The link to the French Revolution
Who would ever guess that such a relaxed tune was written during the French Revolution or that Gossec’s compositions were loved by Robespierre?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our new string duet arrangement of Bach’s most famous work

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We have just published our violin and cello duet arrangement of Air on a G String – perhaps Bach’s most famous work.
Creating this arrangement
This piece has been a challenge to arrange for string duet. Roger and I both tried writing versions but neither felt quite right, so we abandoned the idea. However, the problems somehow resolved themselves and Roger created the arrangement we are selling now which is beautifully balanced and calm. Click here to buy it on our Music Sales’ page…

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…the original orchestral version is  below: