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Cello Duets You Can Buy Nowhere Else

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The cello duo sheet music repertoire has always been surprisingly small, so we’ve decided to expand it. Our newly created cello duos are based on our violin and cello sheet music arrangements and are intermediate to advanced in standard.
Why Cello Duets?
Cello duets are extremely enjoyable to play and can be great fun in lessons, giving the pupil an opportunity to play chamber music with an experienced professional. Many of our arrangements use col legno, pizzicato, double stopping, l.h.pizz or harmonics to enhance the character of the music.Both instruments share the tunes and are evenly matched.

The Repertoire
We are now selling ten sheet music cello duets: Charpentier’s Te Deum and Monteverdi’s Chiome d’Oro from the baroque era, the passionate and romantic Toreador Song and Habanera from ‘Carmen’, three folk songs – Lilliburlero, A Lark in the Clear Air and My Love is like a Red, Red Rose , Jerome Kern’s Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, and Your Tiny Hand is Frozen from La Boheme and Non Piu Andrai from The Marriage of Figaro.

About the Music
All of these tunes work beautifully on the cello and are intermediate in standard. Your feedback is very welcome, so if you have ideas for new cello duo repertoire or would like to let us know what you think, just email at info@fedorastrings.com

New violin and cello duet sheet music: They Can't Take That Away From Me

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We’ve just added a violin and cello duet music arrangement of Gershwin’s song They Can’t Take That Away From Me to our online shop. It comes from the musical Shall We Dance, which was made into a film with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in 1937.
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The lyrics ” The way you wear your hat, the way you sip your tea, the memory of all that, No, no they can’t take that away from me” express the feeling that even if you have to part from someone you love, the memory of them will always stay with you.  You can choose whether to interpret this sadly or in a more upbeat way, but – as you might expect from Hollywood – the Astaire and Rogers film has a happy ending.

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Porgy and Bess violin and cello duet sheet music ready next week

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We’re just finishing editing our violin and cello duet sheet music arrangement of Gershwin’s beautiful love song Porgy and Bess. Like Summertime this song comes from Gershwin’s only opera Porgy and Bess. When it was first performed in 1934 the work caused  controversy as the dark plot – featuring violence, prostitution, drugs and poverty – was  thought by some to be an unfair characterisation of the black community. Nevertheless the opera contains some of Gershwin’s finest work and is full of character and feeling.
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This arrangement took us ages to put together ; I’m not sure why it seemed so much harder than our other arrangements as it is a duet in the original  so it should be ideal for a violin and cello duo. We’ve given each instrument equal roles – identifying the two singers – and we enjoy performing this work, although are times when I – at least –  wish I had a marvellous voice and could just sing…

We've launched our new violin and cello duet sheet music website

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We’ve decided to change our website and focus on recitals, violin and cello duet sheet music and cd sales. To launch our new look we’ve just edited Roger’s string duet composition – Lunchtime Blues – and are now selling  the sheet music on line.  This fab short piece is very laid back and almost sleazy sounding. As long as you are comfortable sliding around on the cello it lies under the hand well.  It’s the sort of music you could almost play with one finger – almost.

So what inspired this composition? Roger writes: “It was a hot summer’s day. An old school friend, an artist and I had been walking around Peterborough looking at second hand books, drinking coffee and discussing philosophy. We somehow ended up in the garden of a pub by the river. An intelligent young lady was serving, her blonde hair reflecting the sunlight, her expression sultry.  No words passed between us and nothing followed from this silent encounter except the piece, Lunchtime Blues.”

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Duo wedding violin and cello music at Talbot Inn, Ripley

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At the beginning of September our string duet played for a wedding ceremony and reception at the 15th century Talbot Inn in Ripley, an old coaching inn which has historic links to Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.  The bride had hired us in secret, so the groom  was very  surprised when we began playing, but I hope also delighted!

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The Talbot is quite a distance from our homes so we’d  allowed plenty of time to get to there, and once we arrived  we had a chance to relax and warm up before performing a mix of classical repertoire as the guests arrived. We then played Pachelbel Canon in D for the bride’s entrance, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Londonderry Air for the signing and Arrival of the Queen of Sheba as exit music.

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After the ceremony the guests had drinks and some of them gathered round to listen while we played our own string duet sheet music arrangements of lighter pieces.