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    Need help with a Violin and Contrabass Duet

    I am teaching an 8th grade geometry class that has twin boys that are both Maryland all stars with their instruments. They are both great players for their age and I have been asked to compose a duet for them to play at a school gathering.

    I am at the planning in my head stage and haven't gotten anywhere yet.

    What I am looking for is works for these instruments that I can check out with out having to purchase anything. So I am looking for something on youtube, etc that shows off these instruments in a duet. I know of no famous work done, but I am ignorant of many other things as well.

    So does anyone have a link to a piece that is a duet for Violin and Contrabass? It doesn't really matter what genre or time period the piece is from.

    Thanks

    Ron
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein

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    Re: Need help with a Violin and Contrabass Duet

    Hi Ron:

    Here is a violin and contrabass duet performance from YouTube.


    http://doublebassblog.org/2007/01/du...hris-wind.html

    Jack
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    Re: Need help with a Violin and Contrabass Duet

    I am working on a BM in Double Bass Performance, so I know of a few pieces that would give you some ideas. Try Giovanni Bottesini's Gran Duo for Violin and Double bass, there should be quite a few youtube videos. In addition, there is a video on youtube of Csardas arranged for violin and bass solos, with three more basses as the ensemble. It features Maxin Vengerov on violin and Roman Patkolo on double bass. This is a lot of fun and shows some great interaction between the two instruments.

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    Re: Need help with a Violin and Contrabass Duet

    Jack

    That was exactly what I am looking for. The instruments go together a lot better than I thought.

    Now all I need is the right idea for my students and I am set.

    Thanks

    Ron
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    Re: Need help with a Violin and Contrabass Duet

    Also try Giovanni Bottesini's Passione Amorosa. The are two versions, one for double bass and violin, and another one for two double basses. There should be youtube videos of these as well. Just for the sake of some more ideas.

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    Re: Need help with a Violin and Contrabass Duet

    Sonare

    Thank you very much. I use Vista so I just had to reboot as usual or I would have answered sooner.

    I will go take a listen now to the ones you suggested.

    Thanks again

    Ron
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