Bach, JS – Aria Goldberg Variations 2 cellos (Varga)
BWV 988 Aria from Goldberg Variations. Parts are of uneven difficulty with Cello I in tenor clef, complex rhythms, many chords and double stops. Cello II in lower registers and positions, less complex rhythms, fewer double stops. Printed both parts in one book, score form.
Bartok 18 Duos (2 cellos)
From 44 Duos for 2 Violins arranged for 2 violoncelli by Walter Kurz. At first blush the pieces appear deceptively simple. Most of the duets can be played with a working knowledge of first and second positions. However, phrasing, dynamic markings, changes in time signature, and complex rhythms quickly reveal much more intricate music happening here. While parts appear evenly matched, it will be helpful to play with a more advanced partner. Newer students will have questions. Highly recommended because of the broad scope of skills required and, after all, it is Bartok! The 18 pieces are short, absolutely loaded with material.
Boismortier Six Duets for 2 Cellos Op. 40 (Ruf)
This is a single book with both parts in score form. All duets are written in bass clef, do not require positions above fourth, and are popular with cellists with similar skill sets. A variety of accessible keys and time signatures within your comfortable note range.
Grant – Duets for Two Violoncellos Volume 2 (2 cellos)
16 duets compiled and edited by Francis Grant. Each part is in a separate booklet. The cover has an error, as it is not a method and has no pedagogical works.
Offenbach: Andante, Allegro Giacoso, Andante Cantabile, Intermezzo, Reverie, Old French Song, Allegretto, Serenade, Rondo
Battanchon: Andantino, Scherzo, Romanza, Allegro Scherzando, Allegro Resolute, Allegro Moderato, Divertissement
Wang – Chinese Folk Songs Vol. 1
These pieces can be played whether you are 2 cellos, 3 cellos or 4 cellos. Cello 1 requires knowledge of tenor clef and thumb position. Cello II is the most challenging as it has more shifting in neck positions. Cellos III and IV may be played by less experienced players. Contents: Fall Recollections at Dressing Table, Whether He Knows or Not, Little Cabbage, General’s Command, Jiaocheng Mountain, Elunchun Folk Tune.
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