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Baroque Sheet Music Albums

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Baroque Sheet Music Albums

We are now selling our most popular selections of violin and cello duets in themed albums at a bargain price. The first is a baroque sheet music  album and contains the scores and individual parts of six great works. All of the music would be ideal to be played at a wedding.

About the arrangements

The music included in this album is: Air on a G String, Pachelbel Canon, our award winning Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Chiome D’Oro, Charpentier’s Te Deum and Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary. This is an excellent way to get to know some wonderful repertoire from this most exciting of all periods of music.

What’s Wrong with Pachelbel Canon?

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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.

Pachelbel’s Canon

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 the other players are doing it becomes more fun.

So what is a canon?…
For me canons, passacaglias and chaconnes are extremely effective musical forms where the repeated harmonies create a tautness and sense of inevitability that can be inspiring. Some of my favourite music in this form is: Purcell’s Chaconne in G minor, Vitali’s Chaconne,  Britten’s Passacaglia from Peter Grimes and Bach’s Chaconne in D minor, played superbly  below by Heifetz:

…and why is Pachelbel’s so popular?
…  its major key and has a calm confidence that has probably helped to make it so well liked…

Famous Baroque Violin and Cello Duets

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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.