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 :)
There are plenty of pieces for two violins without piano/orchestra. www.jonathanfrohnen.com/collection.html 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
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.
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.
I think there are some DeBeriot duets that are attractive, challenging, and audience-pleasing.
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).
If you like Baroque music, Telemann wrote a number of duets for 2 violins.
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
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.
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!
there is also the wonderful Prokofieff Sonata for Two Violins in C major Op.56
Hi Bill, all of the duos are on the list...I'll let you know when I hear anything about a release date. J
>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:
Well let's not get sassy...there are plenty of double posts on this site...the practice keeps the site alive.
Haydn and Reger are two of my favorites. And Leclair, especially since I have heard Mr and Mrs Leonid Kogan play them on Youtube!
Bach Double Violin Concerto (BWV 1043)
That piece should require accompaniment.
Wieniawski wrote some etudes for two unaccompanied violins... but one is insanely difficult and the other is pretty easy...
put them in the blender (perhaps with some prunes)?
there are now 3 grand duets by De Beriot on IMSLP that are well woth exploring.
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.
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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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.