Halloween Duets / Christmas Duets ?


said: Oct 16, 2008
 145 posts

Has any one got some good books or just pieces for halloween, duets for 2 violins about Book 1-2 standard ?
Also some lively duets for violin and viola or 2 violins for christmas ?

Connie Sunday said: Oct 16, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

I really don’t know about Halloween duets, specifically, there are duets listed here:

Christmas Music

Chamber Music—Easier Duets

Violin/violin Duets

I bet some of the Bartok Duets would be nice for Halloween..


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said: Oct 22, 2008
 48 posts

I don’t know about Halloween music, but one of the books listed under “Christmas music” on the page mshikibu linked to is this:

My Very Best Christmas-Violin Edition

There are violin, viola, and cello versions of this book. My daughter has just begun working on the viola book, and we absolutely love it. There are parts for viola 1, viola 2, and piano accompaniment. There’s also a CD with a recording of the piano accompaniment, which she loves to play along with.

I think (but check this before buying) the violin and cello books have the same pieces in the same keys, so potentially you could mix and match any combination of two violins, two violas, and two cellos.

Regarding the level—my daughter is currently working on Suzuki Book 1, Minuet #2, and she was able to pick up about five of the MVBC carols really quickly. Some of the others are a little bit trickier (there are 17 total), but I’d assume they’re all pretty doable for a student at the end of Book 1 to mid-Book 2.

One note on the viola version—our copy has an error; the viola 1 part of the first carol (Joy to the World) was accidentally printed as the violin 1 part. I briefly panicked when we first opened the music, but fortunately the other 16 pieces were printed correctly.

They seem to be marketing the MVBC books towards Suzuki groups, FYI.

Christine said: Oct 22, 2008
22 posts

We use the Christmas Kaleidoscope books by Robert S. Frost. They are written in 3 parts with flexible scoring. Each instrument has the melody line and 2 harmony lines so you can pick and choose your combination. We’ve used these books for years—since my girls were in book 1. We still use them now.

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