Tag Archives | violin and cello duets

Bringing Opera to Life on the Cello

The opera arias I have recently arranged for cello duet have been a pleasure to write. Looking at the number of instruments in a Puccini score was awe inspiring.Did Puccini hear the music instantly like this in his head or add the orchestration later? According to a friend of mine – an expert orchestrator – […]

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What’s Wrong with Pachelbel Canon?

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 […]

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Our new arrangement of Tambourin by the revolutionary Gossec

The latest string duet arrangement we are selling is Tambourin by Francois Joseph Gossec. Gossec was born in 1734, wrote a huge number of operas, ballets and symphonies and became the favourite composer of Revolutionary France. Today he is most famous for Tambourin – a delightful piece which lifts the spirit, as you can hear […]

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Our new string duet arrangement of Bach’s most famous work

We have just published our violin and cello duet arrangement of Air on a G String – perhaps Bach’s most famous work. This piece has been a challenge to arrange for string duet. Roger and I both wrote versions, neither of which felt quite right so we abandoned the idea. However, the problems somehow resolved […]

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Sensuous sheet music for sale…

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

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Our latest famous string duet arrangement – Una Furtiva Lagrima

Our sheet music string duo arrangement of Una Furtiva Lagrima ( A Furtive Tear) is now available. This hauntingly beautiful tune is the most famous aria from Donizetti’s opera L’Elisir D’Amore  ( The Love Potion) and it seems incongrous that it comes from a comic opera as it  completely transcends its context. The love potion L’Elisir D’Amore […]

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

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. 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 […]

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New Violin and Cello Duet Sheet Music Coming Soon!

We’re in the process of editing more of our violin and cello duet sheet music arrangements so we can sell them on our website. The new violin and cello duets will start to be added in around four weeks’ time and are mostly of well known baroque and classical pieces. But on November 11th Jerome […]

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When arrangements are better than originals

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 […]

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