We’ve just added two famous Baroque violin and cello duets to our sheet music shop: Charpentier’s Te Deum and Pachelbel’s Canon. Both are the most renowned works their respective composers wrote. The Te Deum is gloriously exuberant while the Canon is more reflective and a harmonious example of polyphony at its best. The standard of ther music is intermediate to advanced.
Why baroque is brilliant
Both these works are superb examples of baroque music which, with its skilful elaboration, manages to create order and beauty out of complication in a truly life-affirming way. When you think how comparatively tough things must have been for the average person in the 17th and 18th century it’s extraordinary that so much of their music is celebratory. Exactly why this is I don’t know, but this music is a joy to play and ideal for recitals and wedding ceremonies.