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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:

https://youtu.be/XkjjnlrWifU

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

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Playing string orchestra music by heart

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The link below shows a marvellous performance of the waltz movement of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings by a chamber ensemble called A Far Cry.

https://youtu.be/aPHn1DMa2xc

This performance brings the dance character to life wonderfully well  and the group are playing by heart, which can give  an added sense of freedom as long as you are experienced enough to feel confident.  A Far Cry clearly is, and the results speak for themselves.

Buy Jerome Kern’s String Duets Here!

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Jerome Kern’s music is now out of copyright and today we have added five violin and cello duet arrangements of his music to our website.Love, in its many moods, is the theme for all but one of these songs; the exception is Pick Yourself Up – a delightful, confidence-boosting piece of positive thinking.YOu can buy the music at our shop by clicking here:
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Why this is a dream to play 
From a string player’s point of view Kern’s music has great fluidity of line which makes it easy to phrase, and it also has a joyful sense of abandon which is ideal for romance. Jerome Kern himself, however, was very down to earth and declared himself nothing more than a “ musical clothier – I write music for the lyrics and situations in plays.”  Luckily for us  his classical training, craftsmanship and empathy for mood have ensured his music sounds as spontaneous and effortless today as it did 100 years ago.

Jerome Kern in Hollywood

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…

When arrangements are better than originals

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Can arrangements ever be better than the originals? The answer is undoubtedly yes;either because a performance is so outstanding or because the piece of music is just as effective with a different instrumentation. Jascha Heifetz’s violin versions of Deep River and White Christmas and Phillip McCann’s cornet playing in Count Your Blessings and Softly Awakes My Heart are just two performers whose interpretations are so expressive that the words of original songs are superfluous.
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Softly Awakes My Heart aria from the opera Samson and Delilah by Saint Saens

Borodin’s Polovstian Dances sounds better in an orchestral version than with the original chorus, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise works beautifully on the cello rather than sung; and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8 and Britten’s Simple Symphony both sound as good in their string orchestral versions as they do in quartet format, and were arranged by their respective composers.
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However good the piece of music or the arrangement though, it needs vibrant interpretation to fully realise its potential. Here’s what Robert Donington has to say in his book A Performer’s Guide to Baroque Music: “ The baroque ideal was to depend on the individuality of the performer to fill out the implications of a sketchily notated text. Whoever took on the performance, whether he were the composer or not, took on responsibility not only for virtually the whole of the expression, but even for many of the notes.”

No pressure on the performer then….Most modern classical players would feel daunted at the thought that improvising was an essential part of their performance, but  this approach certainly encourages a healthy sense of  imaginative freedom.

Wedding receptions and ceremonies in Peterborough and Suffolk: Hengrave Hall, Bury St Edmunds

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Yesterday our string duo played for a wedding ceremony and reception  at Hengrave Hall on the outskirts of  Bury St Edmunds. Hengrave Hall is a grand tudor  house set in 50 acres of grounds and was once popular with Elizabeth 1st, who was a frequent guest.

 

We had been asked to play a selection of classical and folk music and started by performing well known string ensemble wedding ceremony pieces  as the guests arrived. The wedding couple chose Pachelbel’s Canon for the bride’s entrance, Delibes’ Flower Duet, Bach’s Prelude from Unaccompanied Cello Suite No 1 and Bach’s Air on a G String for the signing, and Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for the exit music. After the ceremony we had a short break and then moved to one of the reception rooms where we played a mixture of folk music and lighter pieces for around one and a half hours. These included, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Lark in the Clear Air, Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday, Imagine, Night and Day and Let’s Face the Music and Dance

Although we didn’t have time to explore Hengrave as thoroughly as we would have liked, it was clearly an extremely impressive venue, full of character and elegance, and the acoustics were wonderfully resonant.

 

A string duo arrangement of Widor's Toccata!

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Roger has just completed a string duo arrangement of the euphoric Widor Toccata. This famous composition was originally written for the organ and, by exemplifying all of that instrument’s specialist characteristics, it creates a mood of grandeur, emotion and manic energy. It’s often used as wedding ceremony music for the couple’s exit. Making it work for string ensemble is going to be a challenge, and as usual it’s technically demanding, but I can’t wait to try it at our next rehearsal.

Over the last few weeks I have finally worked out how to use Finale Print myself and have now completed four duo arrangements – Gabriel’s Oboe, Time of My Life, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair and When I Make Love To You (Don’t Make Believe) – a 1950s pop song written by Heifetz under the name of Jim Hoyl, which I love because it’s so sentimental.

This means our repertoire is expanding faster than ever before which is ideal for customers and a joy for us. Have you ever wondered how many marvellous pieces of music there are in the world? There must be  as many as the stars…

 

 

Wedding receptions and ceremonies in Peterborough and Northamptonshire: Peterborough Town Hall

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Yesterday our string duo played  for a wedding at Peterborough Town Hall: a 1930s building which has  an art deco feel and an impressive marble staircase and pillars. The ceremony took place in one of the upstairs rooms and we were asked to  start perfoming one hour before it began, which was when the guests started to arrive.We set up at the top of the stairs initially, moving into the wedding room itself half an hour later, and the acoustics in both settings were beautifully resonant.

The choice of programme  was classical and folk, and we included Air on a G String, Fairest Isle, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue, Flower Duet, Clarke’s Prince of Denmark’s March, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Londonderry Air and My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose. The bride selected Gabriel’s Oboe as her entrance music, This Is The Day, Chanson de Matin and The Lark In The Clear Air to be played during the signing and the aria One Fine Day from Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly as exit music. The guests listened to our playing  intently  throughout, which was lovely for us.