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Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No 1

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We have just added Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No 1 to our online sheet music shop. The standard of the music intermediate to advanced. Click here to go straight to our shop page:

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About the Hungarian Dances

This is the first of a set of 21 Hungarian dances for various instrumental combinations which became the most profitable compositions Brahms wrote. This dance is ideal for wedding receptions and has luscious string tunes and lots of forward moving vitality, as you can hear in the orchestral version below:

Brahms Hungarian Dance 1

Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate

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Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate

We have just published our violin and cello duet arrangement of Alleluia from Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate. The standard of the music is intermediate to advanced.Is this the happiest music in the world? Maybe!  Mozart wrote it when he was only 17. Here’s the original version:

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

 

Exsultate Jubilate

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Tambourin by Gossec

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The latest violin and cello duet we are selling is Tambourin by Gossec. Jean Francois 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
This music  works brilliantly for violin and cello duet – you can buy it 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?
Tambourin by Gossec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air on a G String by Bach

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Air on a G String by Bach: his most famous work?
We have just published our violin and cello duet of Air on a G String by Bach.
Air on a G String by Bach
Creating this arrangement
This piece has been a challenge to arrange . Roger and I both wrote 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 and gives the tune to the cello as well as the violin. Click here to buy it on our Music Sales’ page…

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…the original orchestral version is  below:

 

Free Sheet Music

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Free Sheet Music
Summer holidays are a fab time to browse through repertoire and we are now offering one free sheet music arrangement if you buy five.Click below to go direct to our violin and cello duet shop:

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Free Sheet MusicGreat Cello Duets to Explore
Duets are a wonderfully enjoyable form of chamber music and cellist Mark Bailey and I recently recorded a cello duet which had been written by our former teacher Christopher Bunting and is based on the Bourees from Bach’s 3rd cello suite and has some tricky string crossing,  lots of character and definite sense of humour. Listen below:

Other wonderul cello duets  include Handel’s Cello Duet in G minor  and Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto – also in G minor.

Expand your Cello Duet Repertoire Here
We are now selling ten cello duet arrangements of  well known music on our website  – and if you browse through our online shop you’ll see that if you buy five of our arrangements we will give you one arrangement free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handel as a young man

Cello Duet Sheet Music

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I have just returned from Edinburgh where I have been recording our cello duet sheet music  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.
Cello Duet Sheet Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recording the Duets
We had nine duets to record in a short space of time, but we had a lot of fun and a good recording engineer in 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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The Reid Hall

Famous Cello Duets

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Famous  Cello Duets
We have added ten cello duets of famous music to our online shop.
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.

Famous cello duets

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

Jerome Kern Violin and Cello Duets

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Jerome Kern Violin and Cello Duets
We are now selling Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man by Jerome Kern’s as a violin and cello duet in our online shop. It comes from the musical Showboat  which is still staged regularly today and is one of Jerome Kern’s most famous songs. Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man is one of  the main reasons for the show’s popularity and has a blues feel that combines with  romantic lyricism to make it very evocative.

Jerome Kern violin and cello duetsScene from a recent staging of Showboat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerome Kern’s Sheet Music

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Jerome Kern’s sheet 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's sheet musicJerome Kern in Hollywood

Chiome D’Oro by Monteverdi

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Chiome D’Oro by Monteverdi
You can now buy our arrangement of Monteverdi’s Chiome d’Oro (Golden Head of Hair) at our violin and cello duet  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…”
Chiome D'Oro by Monteverdi

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.