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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.

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:

 

 

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:

http://www.fedorastrings.com/product-category/sheet-music-sales/

 

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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…

http://www.fedorastrings.com/product-category/sheet-music-sales/

…the original orchestral version is  below:

 

Fab string music performances!

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Great string playing
It is hard not to admire the stunningly vibrant performance of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto by Rachel Podger and Andrew Manze at the Proms a few years ago (see the last movement in the link below)

https://youtu.be/k1vEAsJpZ_w

About the playing
Their interpretation is of full of energy and the different styles of the two soloists adds to the vitality. I also love the fact that this is a robust, romantic version of Bach played on ‘modern’ string  instruments.

 

 

 

Enhance your vibrations!

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I’ve just spent an interesting ‘cellistic’ afternoon with cellist Robert Brooke and American geophysicist Debby Miles.

A new cello invention
Debby has invented a ‘cello stone’ spike holder, made of travertine, which aims to eliminate  wolf notes on cellos and enhance and clarify tone quality by absorbing unwanted vibrations and allowing your instrument to sing more freely. As a non-scientific person it’s hard for me to understand how the process works – but it involves measuring the vibrations of your cello’s wolf note and finding the optimum proportion for your spike – no matter what height you have it at.
Does it work?
I definitely noticed an improvement in tone when using the ‘cello stone’ and my cello felt more open, free and clear. The wolf note was also considerably diminished, almost eliminated. After an afternoon spent experimenting I have now borrowed the ‘cello stone’ to try it more thoroughly.To find out more visit Debby’s website http://www.cellostone.com/  or contact  Robert Brooke – who is selling the stones from Cambridgeshire – on 07946 532263.

Cello Duet Sheet Music Ready Now

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I have just come back from Edinburgh where I have been recording our cello duet sheet music arrangements with my friend Mark Bailey – the cellist in the Edinburgh String Quartet.The recording session took place at the Reid Hall which is part of Edinburgh University.

Recording the Duets
We had nine duets to record in a short space of time, but we had a lot of fun and a super recording engineer – Derek   Williams . We’ve just been sent copies of the first three recordings and the rest will follow in the next few days. To buy the duets and hear our recordings click here:
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