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.
de Fesch Sonata C Major, Op. 8-4 (2 cellos)
Written for cello and bassoon, both parts in score form in one booklet. Can be played by two cellos, or cello with piano accompaniment. Cello I is largely in tenor clef, but the note range does not exceed 4th position G. Continuo in bass clef, easier rhythmically.
Giordani – 6 Duos, Op. 4 (2 cellos)
This single booklet includes both parts in score form. Parts are of similar difficulty, and both have a mix of tenor and bass clef. However, the tenor clef often stays within 4th position. If you associate clef changes with notes above your comfort zone, if you can handle through A harmonic up to a possible B, don’t shy away from these.
W.F. Bach – Drei Duette (2 cellos)
Parts are of comparable difficulty, and each cellist has their own booklet with parts in score form. Each duet has multiple movements, remain in bass clef through 4th position.
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