2 violin duos
Hello. This question has probably been been asked many times before, but does anyone have any suggestions for 2 violin duos? Preferably something original, i.e. not an arrangement?
Thanks in advance!
The best I've encountered are probably the Bartok 44 duos.
Well it would be probably be me and my teacher, and we both play both. We've talked about doing the Mozart duos before, but not done yet
The duos by L'Eclair are OK. Depending on ability level, the Wianiawski etude-caprices are fun if you like that sort of thing. It's quite easy to do a home brew duet with Paganini caprice 24: one of you plays the theme and the other plays their favourite variation on top.
Are the Bartok duos progressive in difficulty? I think I read that about them somewhere
Yes, it's been a while since I did any of them, but iirc they are split across four progressive volumes and start of very easy.
The Bartok duos are in two volumes and yes, they are progressive.
Viotti opus 20 is really nice but it depends what you need the duos for, if you just want some fun playing together these are easy and fun.
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier has been arranged for 2 violins. I've seen it, but I don't have it.
I once bought several volumes of Spohr duos* and I can confirm: They are indeed very good, all of them. They are also very hard, double stops in abundance and not always easy ones (actually mostly not easy ones).
If you are going to go with Bartok, make sure you and your partner really truly love Bartok. I enjoy his music in small doses but beyond that, they drive me nuts.
Here are links to two pages of sheet music (my Op. 11 violin duet).
My favorite--the Bach double. :-)
I have played one of the canonic sonatas with a flautist friend of mine for fun
Kind of depends on your playing level, doesn't it?
Bruce Dukov's virtuosic duets are awesome!
It will be too easy for you, but if you haven't played it before, this table music (apparently falsely) attributed to mozart is a clever palindrome - place it between you on the table and one person plays it upright, the other upside down. Not at all difficult but a cool thing for someone to have composed... (yes, i know this kind of thing hsppens in baroque canons but I somehow retained my original fascination with the idea of reading it upside down)
For medium difficulty, I love the LeClaire duos and Bacewicz.
I could write something for you! :-)
Amy, that could be interesting...
Shostakovich, 5 Pieces for 2 violins and piano,
I have editions of Shostakovixh (even though mine is 3 pieces) and of Vivaldi double A minor