Duet similar to Bach Double 2nd mvt
Can someone recommend a violin duet similar to the Bach double 2nd mvt but slightly easier? I’m looking for something to play with my husband for a family Christmas recital. I learned the 2nd violin part of the Bach double 2nd mvt with my teacher but it was pretty hard and am looking for something I can play more confidently. (I’m an adult learner)
There are SO MANY violin duets out there ... probably that's your problem: How to choose? If you want something strictly classical then what I can say is that some violinist-composers like Mazas, De Beriot, and others (and Mozart) wrote volumes of "easier" violin duets. What I can say of the Mazas and the De Beriot is that they are not all drivel. You have set a very high standard, I'm afraid, of musical content with the Bach. Finding something "like that" is like finding a sculpture "kind of like Michaelangelo's David".
Thanks Paul. I don’t know very much about violin duet options since I only played piano as a child. Maybe I will look into Mazas, since I really like a lot of the Mazas etudes.
I would recommend checking out Pleyel duets. They're technically not too bad and musically very nice (Mozart was a fan of Pleyel). I don't have a particular one in mind since I haven't played them in a while but if you check out e.g. Op 48 on youtube you might find something that fits the bill.
Thanks Gabriel. I have never heard of Pleyel before. Will look into it!
Check out the Leclair sonatas for two violins.
There are several Vivaldi 2-violin concertos that are technically less difficult than his solo concertos, perhaps intended for his student orchestra at the Venice girls orphanage school. The slow movements don't get enough credit. Vivaldi was also an opera composer, and those slow movement long-line melodies have a definite vocal quality.
Pleyel is known for one thing: His violin duets! LOL They're very nice. Also if you look on Amazon you'll find lots of books like "Easy Violin Duets" arranged by the likes of Harvey Whistler, but these are arrangements of other tunes usually -- not duet compositions
Try Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano by Shostakovich. Beautiful music. Not insanely difficult.
Not insanely difficult but more difficult than the Bach Double, I think.
Teleman: 6 Canonic Sonatas for Two Violins.
@ Erin, Stephane Grappelli is "other" violinist on this clip.
Lots of good suggestions from others. From 75 to 64 years ago I would occasionally play the Bach double and some Mozart, Mazas and Leclair violin duets with my father. In fact I had just one day with him after I arrived home after my sophomore year of college and his final ambulance ride to Walter Reed hospital when we played some duets for about an hour.
It seems to me that the request is to find a piece that has musical similarities with the Bach slow movement, not just one that is easier. The goal is to use it for a Christmas recital and the Bach is certainly "Christmasy". And I have to admit that I have no good ideas.
Check out the 2nd movement of Bach's Oboe-Violin concerto. It's very similar to the double and slightly easier. The oboe part works fine on the violin.
I really like the Mazas Op 38 duets. They are progressive in difficulty, but none are too tough.
Thanks everyone! I have so many suggestions to look into now! Might keep me busy for the next several years’ worth of Christmas recitals!!! :)
@Erin, I believe Stephane Grappelli had a few years of violin at the Paris Conservatoire in his youth. I think that background comes out in all his playing.
There's the Purcell Golden Sonata, too.
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