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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:

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

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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

Sensuous sheet music for sale…

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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:
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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.

New Violin and Cello Duet Music: The Prince of Denmark’s March

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We are now selling our arrangement of The Prince of Denmark’s  March by Jeremiah Clarke online. This famous celebratory piece is frequently played at wedding ceremonies and  has lots of elaboration and flourishes. Click here to hear a recording and buy our version of the music
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So, who was the prince?
The Prince of Denmark was the husband of Queen Anne and reigned over Great Britain from 1702 and the couple had a long and happy life together. George was said to be quiet and self effacing and although he was thought ineffectual by Charles 2nd, he was admired by others for his homely virtues and unfailing good humour. It sounds like he would have enjoyed the music Clarke wrote for him.

New Violin and Cello Duet Sheet Music – The Lark in the Clear Air

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Our latest sheet music arrangement is one of my favourite folk songs – The Lark in the Clear Air – and this warm-hearted, tender tune is ideal for wedding ceremonies.

The beauty of string sound…
Anyone who has heard The Lark Ascending by Vaughan William will know that the violin is excellent at evoking bird flight, and we have exploited this in the arrangement, which is calm and gentle and shares the tune between both instruments.

 


the words of the song…
Dear thoughts are in my mind
And my soul soars enchanted
As I hear the sweet lark sing
In the clear air of the day
For a tender beaming smile
To my hope has been granted
And tomorrow she shall hear
All my fond heart would say

…and the beauty of the Irish countryside
For me it’s no surprise that this music originates in Ireland, and when you hear this song it’s easy to imagine walking in the Irish countryside thinking only good things…

What makes a good violin and cello duet arrangement?

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How important is it to stick to authenticity when arranging a piece of music – or indeed adapting a book for film or theatre? Of course well known tunes are well known for a reason: they’re good! And if you change too much you can lose the whole point of the music. However, if you are altering a piece dramatically anyway – say arranging an operatic work for violin and cello duet – trying to aim for complete accuracy doesn’t always work. In many ways you need to accept that the medium is so different the whole thing needs to be re-imagined to come to life. Simply copying and necessarily leaving a lot out can result in  a lack of vitality.
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Red Priest Baroque Group
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Adding new ideas true to the spirit and character of a work can hugely increase the energy and excitement of performance. How far you should go with this is a matter of individual taste, but not morally wrong! Shakespeare’s plays will never be diminished no matter how many varied interpretations they are given; and Bach will never be a lesser composer no matter how many styles his music is played in. There is no such thing as one ‘authentic’ way to perform anything. Performance and interpretation are about giving pieces life and re-creating them, not just copying notes; this was an idea prevalent in baroque times, and, like everything in art, is nothing new. It  also makes the whole world of concert giving a lot more fun.

New Flower Duet Sheet Music

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We’ve just added our violin and cello duet music arrangement of the famous Flower Duet to our online shop.
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The music comes from Delibes’ opera Lakme, which is set in nineteenth century British India and concerns a tragic love affair.Lakme is the daughter of a fanatical Brahmin priest and she and Gerald – an Englishman – meet and  fall in love; but the pressures of their two different cultures become too much for them and at the end of the opera Lakme dies.
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The flower duet appears near the beginning of the opera and is very romantic in mood, expressing none of the darkness that is to come.  It’s sung by Lakme and her maid as they prepare to bathe in the river, and the words are about the beauty of the scene surrounding them: white jasmine, roses and birds singing.
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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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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.