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Our new arrangement of Tambourin by the revolutionary Gossec

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The latest string duet arrangement we are selling is Tambourin by Francois Joseph Gossec. Gossec was born in 1734 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 in this vibrant flute and harp arrangement:

Our arrangement is fun to play
Tambourin  works brilliantly for violin and cello duet – you can buy the music by clicking here:
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The link to the French Revolution
Who would ever guess that such a relaxed tune was written during the French Revolution or that Gossec’s compositions were loved by Robespierre?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

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…the original orchestral version is  below:

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

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 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…

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.

Bythorn

 

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.

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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.