Violin + ???: Strange bedfellows
I didn't want to hijack another thread about quartets, so here's a a place for any and all non traditional musical combinations. Duets with violin and double bass? Sure. Violin octets? Awesome. Clarinet Quintets? Let's go, post here...
All I will say at the moment is that guitar is usually greatly neglected. Violin and oboe also make a fine pair.
After playing weekly piano trios (piano, violin, cello - I was the cellist) with the same violinist for 15 years our pianist at age 95 finally had passed her prime - her sight was gone and then her hearing - and finally her memory (she died a year later). So we switched to another pianist I knew and had played with - but then one year ago our violinist's eyesight finally succumbed to macular degeneration - and our pianist was troubled by sufficient arthritis that the serious works we had been playing were getting to be too much for her hands.
The Brahms Horn Trio (violin, horn, piano) is the best known piece for that surprising combination of instruments. It wasn't the first (Czerny's Op. 105 trio preceded it, and Mozart seems to have produced an arrangement of his Horn Quintet for the same instruments) but it seems to have spurred subsequent composers to try that combination, most notably Ligeti and Ewazen.
Among my favorites pieces of music, any music, any period, are the violin and lute compositions of early Baroque.
Violin and oboe sometimes are good together. The Mozart oboe quartet (doesn't sound right) is fabulous. But Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue in the Seventies recorded fabulously Zelenka's 6 trio sonatas, 5 with two oboes, and one with oboe and violin. I hate the one with the violin! But this thread is about odd combos, got it.
Another vote for the guitar (Paganini!). Also for bandoneon and violin (e.g. Piazolla and other tango music).
Piazzolla was a genius, but I'm not keen on covers of his works.
Come visit and play with me Carlos, we can work though the Lucca Duets!
Violin and Ukulele. My daughter's BFF is learning Ukulele and they are going to put on a Christmas recital for family this year as a duo. Their version of Over the Rainbow, arranged for them by hubby and uncle, is super awesome.
@Michael McGrath: In the bucket list!
Here are the first 6 of them: https://www.virtualsheetmusic.com/score/SonatasOp1VlGu.html
Fantastic! Thank you Michael!
I have been told that there is a one-volume Italian edition of all Paganini's almost innumerable duets for violin and guitar. Unfortunately, I know little more (but guess that it is probably very expensive) and at the moment haven't been able to identify the publisher.
On the subject of Oaganini and guitar - I have been trying to find sheet music for Paganini’s Guitar Quartets. I have the duets, «Sei Sonatas» and «Centone di Sonata», but those pesky funny quartets are eluding me.
The most interesting combo I have seen, and it worked surprisingly well, was , violin, guitar, and didgeridoo.
Maybe a bit less strange but still very rarely performed: flute, violin, viola. Beethoven Serenade op. 27. Also two serenades by Reger. All three of those very good, highly recommended pieces.
The famous Paganini Cantabile also has guitar accompaniment. But alas, it's really just an accompaniment. Not so much of an interesting part. Still, if I perform that in a recital I will ask a dear friend who is a guitarist (with whom I have played dozens of jazz gigs) to perform with me.
There are some very nice arrangements of Piazzolla tangos for violin and double bass by bass-player Andreas Wiebecke-Gottstein
If you are with Mozart: There is his quintet for horn, violin, 2 violas and cello. Rarely played because of unconventional ensemble but very good. And if you talk flute quartets (i.e. flute plus sting trio) try the 6 of Reicha. They are good, real quartets with the full four movements (unlike the Mozart which are of a lighter, less ambitious kind).
I love violin and tabla - the violin has been assimilated into Hindustani classical music.