Violin Cello duets

October 4, 2022, 7:24 AM · Recommendations for cello and violin duets and where to find music?
Daughter particularly drawn to Piazzola- but open.
"Doing" Mendelssohn, some Paganini in her solo rep..

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October 4, 2022, 8:05 AM · Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia.

She doesn't also play viola does she?

Edited: October 4, 2022, 8:31 AM · The "Beethoven" Duos that were written originally for clarinet and bassoon are lovely. They're not Mendelssohn level, but they're not trivial and they're fun. My daughter and I have played through them a few times, but I would not say that we've "done" them.

Beethoven is in quotes because it's not super clear that he wrote them.

Music on IMSLP (transcription by Hermann)

October 4, 2022, 10:48 AM · Paul, doesn't need to be a challenge difficulty wise....
Stan, no, have not been able so far to get her into try Viola.
Edited: October 4, 2022, 11:02 AM · Matthew, same rep here. Daughter's teacher wants us to find a cellist who can handle Ravel cello-violin sonatas who's around her age.

She also plays the viola. She was strongly "encouraged" to choose it for the school orchestra. A lot of arguments and protests. It took her some time to realize it's just a musical instrument though the viola jokes are still funny.

October 4, 2022, 11:05 AM · There are works by Kodaly
https://imslp.org/wiki/Duo_for_Violin_and_Cello%2C_Op.7_(Kod%C3%A1ly%2C_Zolt%C3%A1n)

and Schulhoff (which I found accidentally while checking for the Kodaly
https://imslp.org/wiki/Duo_for_Violin_and_Cello_(Schulhoff%2C_Erwin)

I have heard the Kodaly but I don't remember anything much about it - difficulty, quality etc. No idea about the Schulhoff

October 4, 2022, 1:21 PM · Kiki, for viola and cello, check out husband and wife Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth playing Beethoven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPlDXIEEEaA.
October 4, 2022, 4:53 PM · Oddly enough, there isn't as much good rep for this combination as you might think. It seems obvious, and yet composers didn't do much with it.

For Piazzolla, he didn't actually write for specific instruments much of the time, so you can take any piece with a treble and bass combination. Sometimes others have done the work for you. I've seen both Libertango and Cafe 1930 done in this combo, so music exists somewhere. Doing a quick google I found arrangements of both Libertango and Oblivion, though they don't look fabulous.

I also found a group called Duo B that sells their arrangements. Some look really cool. https://www.duo-b.com/sheetmusic

October 5, 2022, 1:07 AM · Stan, thank you for the link. You can really hear the dialogue in the music.

We just can't find any cellists around here...

Libertango on violin and cello by another wife/husband team:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NquwEPn6q5U&ab_channel=CincinnatiSymphonyOrchestra


October 5, 2022, 7:33 AM · Thank you all.
Edited: October 5, 2022, 8:13 AM · Bach inventions work best for 2 violins or violin/viola, but could probably translate to violin/cello pretty well.

Otherwise, the thread seems to have assembled the usual suspects.

Edited: October 5, 2022, 8:22 AM · ...all except the best piece of all - Ravel's stunning Sonata for Violin and Cello
November 3, 2022, 9:51 PM · haydn String duo in D major
Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite
Canon in D

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