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Violin and Cello Duet Sheet Music

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You can now buy the violin and cello duet sheet music  of some of our music. Last week we launched a page on our website where four of our arrangements can be purchased. We decided to start by selling our versions of four of the works  we have made videos of –  Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Summertime, La Cumparsita and Minuet and Trio –  and we hope to continue to add to the selection over the next few months.

As almost all the duet music we play is of our own arrangements we now have a  large repertoire, but it takes a surprising amount of time to translate these versions into completely accurate printed editions where everything has to be perfect. We tend to make so many changes as we rehearse that our own copies are full of changes and sometimes partly improvised.

The standard of the music is medium to difficult and you can hear all the arrangements  we are selling  by clicking on our  videos.

Concert at Peterborough Town Hall

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Yesterday we gave a concert at Peterborough Town Hall – a 1930s building which has  an art deco feel and an impressive marble staircase and pillars.
Concert at Peterborough Town Hall
About the programme
The choice of programme  was classical and folk, and we played our own arrangements of Air on a G String, Fairest Isle, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue, Flower Duet, Clarke’s Prince of Denmark’s March, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Londonderry Air, My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, Gabriel’s OboeThis Is The Day, Chanson de Matin, The Lark In The Clear Air and the aria One Fine Day from Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. The audience listened to our playing  intently  throughout and the acoustics were resonant and felt relaxed to play in. Many of the arrangements we performed can be bought at our online shop here:
Peterborough Town Hall 2

La Cumparista

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We recently recorded our string duet of the famous tango La Cumparsita by Rodriguez. Here are Roger’s comments:

Music is not always beautiful. Music is real. It is alive. Music is something from the soul and any copy will not have the same vitality as an original idea.  When Jo and I rehearse  we are thrown into a drama. Do we agree? Do we argue? You will see this in the drama in La Cumparsita on our website video. First we argued, yes. Was it sexy? Was it sad? Well, we took opposite corners in this and fought it out; not with words, but in the performance.
La Cumparsita by Rodriguez

Following the violinists improvised opening there’s a powerful claim on the senses from the cello … how can the violinist follow this passionate cry? The violinist moved into the character then, not of the overbearing pride of the man – determined to assert himself at all costs – but as if seeing into the sorrow that the tango also depicts as the sad, haunted world of such a dancer. It was here that I found the soul of the music dwelt; always to be matched and occasionally mastered by the sensuous cello playing.  RS