Piece of music for Viola with Violin accompaniment
My older child plays viola and my younger child plays the violin. I would like a piece that would challenge them both. Any suggestions?
Michael Haydn duos for violin and viola. Or the Joseph Haydn violin sonatas with viola might be good
it would be really helpful to know their ages and playing levels.
My older child is 10 and my younger child is 7. My 7 year old is in Suzuki book 1 and older child is in book 2.
Okay then even the Pleyel will be much too hard for them. Might be worth a call to Shar and see if they have any books of simple arrangements, or even try Amazon. Often those kinds of books do not appear in IMSLP because they're still under copyright.
Also the things I suggested are too difficult. How about the Sibelius C major duo? From what I remember, the first sort of section isn't too hard and could potentially stand on its own
Thank you for your help.
Your best bet is to actually have the younger student play the melody and the older the harmony, since harmony is typically more challenging to learn than melody.
Just have them switch instruments. Voila!
Why don’t you go MuseScore and let them play some pop songs instead?
If I remember correctly, in Samuel Applebaum's "Beautiful Music for Two String Instrument" series (which starts at beginner level) the violin, viola, and cello books all have the same music in the same key, just possibly different octaves.
Jake, J. Haydn's sonatas are supposed to be good (i don't know first hand), but they are violin music accompanied by viola, not the other way round.
Musescore is a good suggestion. The issue with the Suzuki duet book is that someone will probably have to transpose. Twinkle is in D in the viola book as I recall. I agree with Albrecht that the Mozart Duos are not easy. But they're not Brahms Concerto level either. Reading these pages over time, I'm aware of quite a few young people who could play them, including my own kids, who I would not describe as prodigies (but they are not that young any more either). Also you don't have to play them at "performance tempo" and you can cherry-pick the easiest movements. Still, they're not appropriate for someone below Book 6 as I indicated earlier.
@Paul -- the Suzuki Viola duet book that is called "Ensembles for Viola" has a mix of violin-viola and viola-viola duets. Most of the violin-viola ones are in the violin key. Suzuki also has one called String Orchestra Accompaniments and String Quartets for Beginning Ensembles that are also mostly in the violin key and wouldn't require transposing. I don't own all of these so I can't remember exactly what key everything is in, but I have seen them and remember most being violin key oriented. Suzuki has a surprisingly large number of these books in all sorts of combinations.
Susan that's great! I wasn't aware of those. I've only seen the regular "Duets" book.
@Cotton - did you mean the last word of your post to be viola? If so, you misspelled (lol).
To accompany my violin pupils I prepared light viola accompaniments for Suzuki books 1 to 3. I printed them straight from Sibelius 6 files, but I could make pdf's and put them in my Google Drive. Except for the few pieces that Suzuki signed, there should be no copyright problem.
@Adrian Heath That would be a great help. How do I contact you?
Jessica, I ntheo longer see the contact button there use to be for private messages.
I'll second the beautiful music for string duets. When I ran my school string group, my early term beginners loved the arrangements, and it comes in different instrument combinations. However, my memory says both parts are of similar standards. Perhaps it could be sought reading for the elder and learnt music for the finger daughter?
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