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Wedding Collections for Violin and Cello Duet Sheet Music

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We have two wedding collections for violin and cello duet sheet music. They both include ten pieces of music – each complete with individual parts and score. The standard of music in both albums is intermediate and advanced.

About our wedding collections for violin and cello duet sheet music

When selecting our two wedding collections we have focused on some of the best known wedding music. Much of this  is ideal for the wedding ceremony itself. But we have also included pieces which would work well for the reception.Good value for money and the popularity of the music have been key considerations. And as always we have used our imagination to ensure our arrangements are effective and characterful.

Wedding Collection 1  for violin and cello duet

The pieces in this collection are the  most popular and famous wedding pieces. They are: Bridal Chorus, Pachelbel’s Canon, Air on a G String, Flower Duet, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,Te Deum, Prince of Denmark’s March, My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man and Brahms Hungarian Dance no 1. Most of these would work well as guests arrive, for the bridal ceremony and for the reception.

Wedding Collection 2 for violin and cello duet

The pieces in Collection 2 are especially suitable to be played as guests arrive or at receptions.They are Exsultate Jubilate, Chiome D’Oro, Fairest Isle, Gloria, Boccherini’s Minuet, Coppelia Waltz, Tambourin, Londonderry Air, Jeanie and Lark in the Clear Air. The last three beautiful folk tunes would also be a lovely choice for the signing.

How much playing time is in each album?

Each album contains at least half an hour of playing time in total. If you buy both albums you have a complete repertoire of wedding music for violin and cello duet which can be downloaded as many times as you want for less than £90.

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Not just for weddings

Regardless of whether you are playing for weddings, this is wonderful music, ideal for anyone who wants to explore the violin and cello duet repertoire – and excellent value.

Intermediate and Advanced Violin and Cello Duets

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Our website specialises in our own original intermediate and advanced violin and cello duets and cello duets. We believe there is a gap in the market in this area of sheet music sales. Promoting string duets – by selling our own sheet music, and by performing and recording – is our aim.

Why intermediate and advanced violin and cello duets?

The music we sell is intermediate or advanced level. We want to maximise the different types of sound string instruments can make and this needs a certain level of ability. However, everything is written to be string instrument friendly. And there are some easier cello duets  in our collection.
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Our range of intermediate and advanced violin and cello duets

We sell over 60 violin and cello duets and cello duets. They are divided into seven categories. These are baroque violin and cello duets, classical and romantic violin and cello duets, folk violin and cello duets, broadway violin and cello duets, new compositions, cello duets, and easier cello duets.

Our violin and cello duet albums

In addition we sell four violin and cello duet sheet music albums. These are Six Great Romantic Violin and Cello Duets, Six Great Baroque Tunes, Six Great Broadway Violin and Cello Duets, Six Great Folk Tunes for Violin and Cello Duet. We also sell wedding collections for violin and cello duet: Wedding Collection 1 and Wedding Collection 2. All our albums are especially good value for money.
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Our style

We believe arrangements need to be imaginative to be effective. Character is our starting point. Every piece of sheet music we sell has been created and performed by us, so we know it works. And our website contains many of our recordings so you can preview the music before you buy.
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Special effects

Our arrangements and compositions quite often use effects like tremolo bowing, ricochet, col legno and natural harmonics to bring the music to life. These techniques are not hard and are very good at enhancing the mood of the music.

New music

In addition to arranging music we have also composed some violin and cello duets and cello duets ourselves, which you can find in our New Compositions category.  These are also intermediate to advanced in standard.

Gifts for Classical Music Lovers

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Are you looking for imaginative gifts for classical music lovers? Here are some suggestions:

Casals conducting the Brandenburg Concerti cds
These expressive interpretations are also refreshingly unpolitically correct with lots of string vibrato and the use of piano instead of harpsichord: Casals conducts Brandenburg Concerti

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Marx Brothers: A Night at the Opera
Hilariously funny even for genuine opera lovers: A Night at the Opera
gifts for classical music lovers

Gift card for The String Zone
A useful present for any string player. The String Zone sells rosin, strings and other essential accessories. Gift cards range from £10 – £250 and are sent by email: Gift Card
gifts for classical music lovers

Huffnung Cartoon Books
Only available second hand but the amusing cartoons have a definite grain of truth: Huffnung Cartoons
gifts for classical music lovers

Commission a gift or buy sheet music from Fedora Strings
For a truly original present why not commission us to compose or arrange music as a gift?:Fedora Strings Gifts  Or purchase sheet music from us?: Fedora Strings Sheet Music

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Music for Cinderella

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I went to a wonderful performance of Cinderella by  Ballet Cymru recently. I was especially impressed by the choreography and music, which had been newly created.
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The production was inspiring: the ballet was powerfully expressive and I loved the music , which was composed by Jack White:Rehearsing Cinderella

Using music to enhance a story
music for cinderella

Telling a story or having a clear feeling, image or mood that you want to express can be a great starting point for composing music . It can also be a fun way of improvising when you practice: Cinderella Music

Commissioning music

Ballet Cymru is an innovative company and I definitely recommend going to see them if they are performing nearby. The most comparable thing to the Cinderella music we have on our website is our music commissioning service: Gifts and Dedications

…and perhaps these opera cello duets, which have been arranged with the character of the songs very much in mind: Habanera Cello Duet

Cello Cartoons!

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It’s October half term and time for some light relief!! So I thought I would share some cello cartoons that I have come across recently.

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This one was posted on the Cello Internet Society and perhaps represents the wish for a holiday of all cellos everywhere? Who knows???

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Ahhhh… if only Ben Marcarto was Zorro!!!

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Well, it is possible they had a discussion like this…

That is true… it’s a fun piece to play!

But this is incorrect – you can never have too much of Handel’s Water Music!!

The last two cartoons come from Cello Heaven – a website dedicated to cello fun. Has this inspired you to play cello duets? If so click below:
Cello Duets

New Duet Sheet Music

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We have just added some new duet sheet music to our online shop. It’s called Morning Prelude and a recording will be available in November.

This is a 3 -4 minute piece in a gentle reflective mood which starts and ends with harmonics on the cello. There is a also a cello solo version: Morning Prelude for Cello Solo
The music was inspired by watching one of my baby twin grandsons looking out of the window on a wintry morning when he was just three weeks old.
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Composing and improvising

Becoming confident about improvising on your instrument is one of the easiest ways to learn to compose. There are actually very few well known pieces for cello solo, and those that do exists are often extremely challenging to play. This is a pity, because you can achieve evocative effects fairly easily without making it too technically demanding. This is what I aimed to achieve in both the cello solo and duet version of Morning Prelude. The main mood, after the opening harmonics, is calm and relaxing, so if you are able to feel like that when you play the music it definitely helps.

 

 

Concert at Wadenhoe Church

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We’ve just given a concert at the 12th century Wadenhoe Church.  The programme was of our own string duet arrangements plus the first performance of a piece I composed for solo cello called Morning Prelude.

concert at wadenhoe churchThe audience at Wadenhoe were very welcoming and feedback has inspired us to plan a recital programme – and cd – of English folk music ( plus some of our own pieces.)

We have often recorded music at Wadenhoe because it has ideal acoustics for chamber music and a beautiful sense of calm. The church is currently recovering from having had their roof vandalised, but it’s good to know that repair work is taking place and should be completed by the end of October.