Two Unaccompianied Violins- any good repertoire?

March 25, 2009 at 02:20 AM ·

I need help finding good music for two unaccompianied violins.

There's hardly any repertoire for this catagory. It's all violin and viola.

I like the leclair sonatas, and they are nice. What is the best of all the repertoire. Basically I'm tired of people telling me to play Navarra- which is quite difficult :)

Replies (22)

March 25, 2009 at 02:46 AM ·

Get thee to the 44 duos by Bartok for 2 violins 

IIRC, there's also a violin duo sonata by prokofiev.

March 25, 2009 at 03:21 AM ·

There are plenty of pieces for two violins without piano/orchestra.  I'm working on making the list sortable...but you can see in the category to the right where the two violin pieces are. J

March 25, 2009 at 03:48 AM ·


this has been discussed quite extensively recently.   In a blog I wrote about a month ago I and others listed,  Bartok,  Spohr,  Mazas,   Dancla,  Kreutzer,  Sarasate etc.  Check out IMSLP for free downloads.



March 25, 2009 at 12:22 PM ·

The Spohr duos are very challenging but there are some masterpieces among them that ought to be better known, in particular, the three op. 67 duos.  

March 25, 2009 at 03:00 PM ·

I think there are some DeBeriot duets that are attractive, challenging, and audience-pleasing.

March 25, 2009 at 03:12 PM ·

There are duets by Mozart, and an interesting-looking, but ancient collection put together by Delphin Alard (my copy looks like it is pre-WW-I).


March 25, 2009 at 06:22 PM ·

If you like Baroque music, Telemann wrote a number of duets for 2 violins. 


March 25, 2009 at 07:04 PM ·

Hi Sander, in particular the op.57 3 Duos Concertantes are great.  Naxos will release a recording of these along with the op.113 Spanish Airs in June.  Beriot also wrote a very challenging set of 3 Duos op.43 which are based on caprices from his op.37 and op.17...these are virtuoso grade and are very attractive. J

March 26, 2009 at 09:03 AM ·


There is so much!

Pleyel, Haydn, Boccherini, Telemann (canon-sonata's), Leclair, Fiorillo, de Bériot, Viotti, Bartok, Prokofjev, Hindemith, Luciano Berio and recently duo's by Igudesman.

These are all original compositions for 2 violins.

There are many more albums for 2 violins for more educational purpose, they contain also nice duets. Just shop around.

Kind regards,



March 26, 2009 at 03:14 PM ·

The Berio duos are wonderful.  There's a great recording by a teenage Ilya Gringolts and another violinist.

Jonathan Frohnen:  any chance Naxos might come out with recordings of the Spohr duos (and the duo for violin and viola)?  They seem right up your alley!

March 26, 2009 at 04:00 PM ·

there is also the wonderful Prokofieff  Sonata for Two Violins  in C major Op.56

March 26, 2009 at 04:24 PM ·

Hi Bill, all of the duos are on the list...I'll let you know when I hear anything about a release date. J

March 26, 2009 at 04:44 PM ·

>here's hardly any repertoire for this catagory. It's all violin and viola.

If you took 5 seconds to search "Violin duos" on this website, you'd find a result for a discussion from 2004:

March 26, 2009 at 05:34 PM ·

Well let's not get sassy...there are plenty of double posts on this site...the practice keeps the site alive. 


March 26, 2009 at 07:40 PM ·

Haydn and Reger are two of my favorites. And Leclair, especially since I have heard Mr and Mrs Leonid Kogan play them on Youtube!

April 15, 2009 at 09:53 PM ·

Bach Double Violin Concerto (BWV 1043)

April 15, 2009 at 10:19 PM ·

That piece should require accompaniment.

April 15, 2009 at 10:37 PM ·

Wieniawski wrote some etudes for two unaccompanied violins... but one is insanely difficult and the other is pretty easy...

April 15, 2009 at 11:24 PM ·


put them in the blender (perhaps with some prunes)?



April 22, 2009 at 05:15 AM ·


there are now 3 grand duets by De Beriot on IMSLP that are well woth exploring.



April 22, 2009 at 06:06 AM ·

 There's also a beautiful duo sonata by Miklos Rosza, and Mozart (aside from writing original duos) arranged some of the arias from "Le Nozze di Figaro" for two violins as well. 

April 22, 2009 at 02:55 PM ·

de Beriot was soooo lazy sometimes...#1 is an extract from his op.37 and #'s 2 & 3 are from his op.17 ;-) 

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