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You can now buy our arrangement of Monteverdi’s Chiome d’Oro (Golden Head of Hair) at our violin and cello duet wedding sheet music online shop here:
This lively and vibrant piece is one of Monteverdi’s erotic madrigals and is about the attractions of women and the effect they have on men. Here’s a translation of the opening words: “Golden head of hair, beautiful treasure, you entwine me in a thousand ways, whether bound or loose…”

About the music Our arrangement of Chiome d’Oro has lots of interplay in the parts. As with almost all baroque music, dynamics are not included so feel free to add your own. We have written out some suggested elaborations of the opening repeats and you could certainly do more if you wanted. The overall mood of the music is energising and happy.

About Monteverdi 
Monteverdi was  a successful and famous composer and he became a priest towards the end of his life. In this respect he bears a similarity to  his contemporary, the great English poet John Donne. If their paintings are accurate the two men looked remarkably alike when they were young.

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.
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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Recordings of string duet sheet music arrangements

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Roger and I recently recorded some of the violin and cello duet sheet music arrangements we are now selling on line. We  made the recordings at the wonderful Wadenhoe Church in Northamptonshire which is idyllically situated at the top on a hill – isolated from roads and noise.  Having recently read Andrew Graham Dixon’s book, A History of British Art which explains the extent of the destruction of British art in churches during the reformation I kept wondering how much more decorative Wadenhoe Church would have been before this took place.  Its atmosphere remains tranquil though and it is a beautiful place to work ; we are extremely grateful to the parish for allowing us to record there.

Our violin and cello duet sheet music sales are going well – it’s quite weird that the internet has made it so easy and quick to sell to clients at the other end of the world – and we look forward to putting the recordings on line later this month.

History of British Art

New Sheet Music Arrangements!

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We have just published nine more of our violin and cello duet sheet music arrangements – a mixture of folk and classical: Lilliburlero, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, Londonderry Air, My Love is like a Red,Red Rose, Dance To Your Daddy, Over the Hills and Far Away, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bizet’s Habanera and Toreador Song. All the arrangements are medium to difficult in standard and have lots of interesting string effects. We will be recording these sheet music arrangements in May and will add the recordings to our website  then, but we wanted to make the music available for sale right away as the string duo repertoire is quite limited.

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A scene from Bizet’s Carmen

We perform the sheet music we are selling frequently so we know these arrangements work well;  the cello usually has quite a few of the tunes and the balance between the parts has been thought through carefully with character  one of our main focuses. We hope string players will love playing this music.

Duo wedding violin and cello music at Orton Hall Hotel, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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Orton Hall Hotel is one of the best wedding venues in Peterborough, so we were delighted  when our string trio was invited to play wedding music here again a couple of weeks ago.



We performed for  three hours during drinks and the wedding breakfast, moving from the conservatory – which is light and airy – to the main dining room.


The bride and groom had chosen extremely elegant decorations for the table settings and, as this was an Italian wedding, they had asked us to include some Italian music; so we played  Ave Maria, a selection from Vivaldi’s The Seasons, Italian arias – including Nessun Dorma and pieces from  La Boheme, La Traviata and Rigoletto – and  our own sheet music arrangement of Speak Softly – the love song  from The Godfather movie.


Orton Hall is an 18th century manor house surrounded by 20 acres of beautifully cared for grounds, which give  it a very open, relaxed feel. Organisation was excellent  throughout the day and the weather was wonderfully warm for October.

Wedding receptions and ceremonies in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire: Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire

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A few days ago our string violin duo played for a wedding reception at Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire: a magnificent  venue with superb architecture and a fascinating history. It was formerly the home of Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, and in 1615  was bought by Sir Henry Montagu, a royalist who was one of Charles I’s most trusted friends in the Civil War.

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The bridal couple had requested a selection of happy, relaxed music, so Roger and Amanda played a mixture of folk fiddle, jazz, baroque – in particular Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor for two violins – and Broadway songs – which Roger especially enjoys arranging. They set up in the courtyard of the castle which had some shelter, but also good projection, and had a very enjoyable afternoon with many appreciative comments from the bride, the groom and the guests. There was even a specially hired ice cream tricycle giving out ice creams to help people keep cool – an original and very appropriate idea as it was exceptionally hot weather.

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Overall this was a relaxed wedding in a marvellous countryside setting: a truly memorable occasion.

Wedding receptions and ceremonies in Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire: Bythorn Church and Bassmead Manor

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Yesterday our string trio played for a wedding ceremony and reception in Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. The wedding took place  in the charming medieval church of Bythorn, Northamptonshire  – where the groom had grown up – and the flowers were  arranged  to give an informal countryside feel and complemented the venue beautifully.



The couple had asked for baroque music  and chose Handel’s Hornpipe for the bride’s entrance. We then accompanied two hymns  – Immortal Invisible and Tell Out My Soul – and for the signing performed Arrival of the Queen of Sheba followed by two works by Bach: Prelude in G for unaccompanied cello and Air on a G String. The exit music was The Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke, and it was lovely to hear the exuberant peal of the church’s bells immediately afterwards.

After a short rest we packed up and travelled to Bassmead Manor in Staploe, Cambridgeshire, to play for the reception and  first part of the wedding breakfast.


The weather was ideal for playing outside – warm, no breeze and no harsh sunshine – and we chose mainly well known romantic classics, moving on to some of our own sheet music arrangements of lighter music, such as What a Wonderful World and I Dreamed a Dream. There were around 70 guests and the occasion had a relaxed warmth and was extremely enjoyable.










Wedding receptions and ceremonies in Northamptonshire and Peterborough: Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth

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Last Friday our string trio played for a wedding ceremony at Walnut Tree Inn, in Blisworth in Northamptonshire.

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It was a small intimate wedding with around fifty guests and as they arrived we played a selection of baroque music finishing with Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. The bride’s entrance was preceded by four bridesmaids – two very young – and to accompany this we performed Pachelbel’s Canon, and then switched to Coldplay’s Paradise as the bride herself arrived. The bridesmaids were especially sweet and quite hesitant about their walk down the aisle.

For the signing the couple had chosen One Day Like This followed by Wonderful World and then Summertime. The couple’s exit music was All You Need Is Love.

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While the guests then relaxed and had drinks and photographs began we chose to perform a selection of well known Italian arias, Strauss waltzes and some of Roger’s sheet music arrangements of Gershwin songs.It was  lovely, happy occasion with the guests listening attentively for much of the time and the weather fine and sunny.

New cd recording session at Wadenhoe in Northamptonshire

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Last week Roger and I completed the first stage of our new cd recording. The cd will focus on folk music and,  like our first cd, will consist of our own  arrangements. In addition we’ll be selling the sheet music arrangements on our website as soon as we have time to edit them thoroughly. To buy our first cd click here http://www.fedorastrings.com/moonlight-and-music-cd-by-fedora-strings/

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We  have very generously been allowed  to use Wadenhoe Church in Northamptonshire again for our recording session and it’s a venue we’ve come to love: the surrounding scenery is beautiful and the acoustic  excellent, but more than this, the church  has a feeling of rightness, balance  and harmony which is hard to explain. In this way it reminds me of Bach’s music, and always helps me feel calm and regain  perspective – no bad thing when you’re about to embark on the stress of a recording session.

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In the morning we recorded six tracks of folk music: Londonderry Air, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Over the Hills and Far Away, Lilliburlero, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose and Dance to Your Daddy. In the afternoon we continued with four pop tracks for our website: Eleanor Rigby, All You Need Is Love, One Day Like This and Songbird. Of course most of us know the names of the composers of the pop songs, but who wrote the traditional folk tunes ? Folk music is street music , so it’s very democratic, and perhaps its a surprise that so many of the songs are lovely. Or perhaps it shows that the need for expression is inherent for us all.

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