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Double Act - Descant Recorder

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Grade 2+
Arranged by: Marian Hellen

Here is a brand-new collection of duets, where the accent is on playing for pleasure. Double Act is aimed at players of equal standard, with the melody often shared between the parts. The popular melodies cover a broad spectrum of styles that will appeal to violinists of all ages and abilities, from Grade 2 upwards. The duets will help to develop technique and the familiar tunes will make sight-reading easy and rewarding.


Adagio from Clarinet Concerto - Mozart
Amazing Grace - Traditional American Melody
Andante from Violin Concerto - Mendelssohn
Blow the wind southerly - Traditional English Melody
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Come, landlord, fill the flowing bowl - Traditional Scottish student song
Daisy, Daisy - Harry Dacre
Dance to your daddy - Traditional Northumbrian melody
Dick's maggot - From John Playford's 'The Dancing Master'
Donkey riding - Traditional Canadian melody
Evening Prayer from 'Hansel and Gretel'- Engelbert Humperdinck
Flower duet from 'Lakmé' - Léo Delibes
Hallelujah chorus from 'Messiah' - Handel
Hornpipe from 'Water Music' - Handel
I do like to be beside the seaside - John A. Glover-Kind
J'ai du bon tabac - Traditional French melody
La donna è mobile - Verdi
Linstead Market - Traditional Jamaican melody
Little brown jug - Joseph Winner
Lullaby - Brahms
Mango Walk - Traditional Jamaican melody
Minuet in G - Beethoven
Nearer my God to thee - Lowell Mason
Prelude from 'Te Deum' - Charpentier
Rule, Britannia - Thomas Augustine Arne
Soldier, soldier - Traditional English Melody
Still, still, still (Hush, hush, hush)- Traditional Austrian Melody
Swing low - Spiritual
The ash grove - Traditional Welsh Melody
The British grenadiers - Traditional English Melody
This jazzy old man - Adapted from a Traditional English Melody
Waltzind Matilda - Marie Cowan

Double Act is a new collection of 30 instrumental duets, arranged from popular folk songs, well-known classical melodies, hymns and popular songs, spanning many centuries of music from many countries.

As well as the pleasure of playing these duets, the pieces will develop players' technique. The melody is shared between the parts, with each carrying the tune and accompaniment, encouraging musical ensemble playing. The jazzier arrangements feature strong syncopation to help develop a sense of rhythm, whilst slower pieces concentrate on timbre and tuning. Short pieces can be repeated swapping over parts for variety.

Generally the simpler pieces are found towards the front of the book, with the more challenging ones at the end. The broad spectrum of styles will appeal to players of all ages and abilities from grade 2 upwards, and the familiar tunes will make sight-reading easy and rewarding