Double Concerti (Two Violins)

March 1, 2005 at 06:04 AM · Hi,

A friend and I want to get together sometime and read through some cool violin/violin duets, double concerti and the like... Anyone have any ideas?

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March 1, 2005 at 11:42 AM · Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor. I would give anything to be good enough to play that by the end of this year at least :)

March 1, 2005 at 12:16 PM · The Leclair Duo is a good one.

March 1, 2005 at 12:44 PM · Hi,

Depending how advanced you are there is also the Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins and the Mozkowski Duo.


March 1, 2005 at 03:24 PM · Vivaldi’s opus 3, l’Estro Armonico, is a set of 12 concertos for string orchestra:

4 have 1 violin as the soloist

4 have 2 violins as the soloists

4 have 4 violins as the soloists

I would also second the Leclair, it’s a set of 6 sonatas for 2 solo violins

March 1, 2005 at 05:52 PM · Gustav Holst

Double Concerto, for 2 violins & orchestra, Op. 49, H. 175

March 1, 2005 at 06:16 PM · Of course, a lot depends on skill level, but I just *love* the Bach Double.

A fun piece is Mozart's Crab Walk or Palindrome. Two people face each other and play from the same score, one conventional and the other upside down.

March 1, 2005 at 06:32 PM · My childhood transcription for Bartok's Roumanian Folk Dances, for two violins, has been posted in the Bartok thread. You have been warned.

March 1, 2005 at 07:11 PM · I believe there is a Malcolm Arnold Concerto for two violins.


March 1, 2005 at 07:27 PM · The Spohr duos are challenging, but most of all, the Ysaye duo sonata is technically quite difficult as well.

Edition Peters publishes a Mozart Kleines Konzert, arranged for 2 violins, quite funny.

And then there are the Beriot Duos, Berwald Duo Concertante in A, as well as Reger 3 duos.

March 1, 2005 at 09:09 PM · Pleyel duos are fun and not too complicated or Schnittke Moz-Art, a cool piece.

March 1, 2005 at 09:22 PM · Bach Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in C major, BWV 1037

March 1, 2005 at 10:09 PM · Woot thanks a bunch Scott :) Looking forward to checking it out. Thanks also everyone for the great suggestions. Bach double is always a classic... ooh I've played that soo many times hah. Good ideas. Keep em comin!


March 1, 2005 at 10:20 PM · i was just looking at my david/igor oistrakh duets record.

they play:

the navarra by sarasate

wieniawski etude-caprices

handel - trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op.2/6, HWV 391

they also play the bach sonata, although i think that the "bach" sonata is considered to be of doubtful authorship.

March 2, 2005 at 07:01 AM · Mark L, what record is that? Has it been rereleased on CD? Can I get it?

March 2, 2005 at 07:29 AM · Pauline,

You can get it here:


March 4, 2005 at 12:00 AM · Bach, i think its in D minor = Best Duet EVER for violin. played it a million times, really fun to play and easy, enjoy

March 4, 2005 at 12:01 AM · Greetings,

I agree with Will - except it is bloody difficult.

In my opinion this piece shoudl not be given until the student has a rather sophisticated technique or it is approached with the same depth as learning the Bach a minor is approached. There are a lot of easier duets which it is okay to ruin for later in life .

Alas, the Double is indeed the best...



March 4, 2005 at 12:25 AM ·

I'd say the third movement of the d minor, to play properly with a partner, is far harder than anything in the a minor, and more on par with the e major in difficulty of execution. beautiful when done well. Still, the a minor is too great a concerto to suggest it can be trifled with, without a certain sophistication. It, too, deserves a good performance.

March 5, 2005 at 02:22 AM · I love the navarra by sarasate!

Care to try it??


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