Christmas duets for violin and baritone saxophone or sousaphone
My niece plays the baritone saxophone and the sousaphone. Any ideas for duet music written for the peculiar pairing of violin and baritone sax or violin and sousaphone? The sousaphone parts would have to be very easy, as she is a beginner with sousaphone.
Can easily get a lead sheet for any number of christmas songs and have your niece honk out the root and fifth of each chord while the violinist just reads right off the page.
In essence, Cotton has offers an excellent answer. Write your own. This isn't harsh, but encouragement to solve a problem forever.
Oh goodness--I'm trying to find a way to engage my niece--with a high likelihood of failure no matter what I do. Cotton: I doubt she has any knowledge of theory, and another adult giving her a lecture is probably not the right approach at this time. Graeme: Of course, I could write the arrangement myself with a lot of time and effort, but I was hoping there were some easy work-arounds.
There probably isn't a really easy solution, but the baritone sax has pretty much the same range as the cello, and there are plenty of arrangements of Christmas tunes for violin and cello. You could take the cello part of these and follow the last step of Graeme's advice, and "Add three sharps to the key signature (or, remove three flats), and add a treble clef sign, and pass it to the bari play: a transposed, fully ready-to-go bari part." So some work, yes, but probably something you could do in one evening.
Your niece is able to carry and play a sousaphone and bari sax, so I imagine she is a teenager. Having two instruments suggests she is quite advanced on bari, and can probably play other saxophones, too. If this isn't the case, why is she doubling on sousaphone? Is she drowning in expectations? (At some time, she must have been quite motivated, just to end up on bari.)
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