Description: These 30 easy level (grade 2) violin duets from the masters, arranged by Rubank legends Harvey Whistler and Herman Hummel, are the ultimate way to introduce your youngest players to ensemble playing. Songs average 30-40 measures long, with optional repeats to create a longer piece at your discretion. Includes a treasure trove of titles:
Abendlied (Schumann) • Allegro from Der Freischutz (Weber) • Ave Verum (Mozart) • Carnival of Venice • Chanson Triste (Tchaikovsky) • Cielito Lindo • Country Dance (Beethoven) • Liebestraum (Liszt) • Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes • New World Symphony Excerpts (Dvorak) • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (students play the melody, not the triplet pattern) • Jolly Coppersmith • Melody for Strings (Rubinstein) • Men of Harlech • Menuet from Symphony No. 7 (Haydn) • Procession (Handel) • Theme from Fantasie Impromptu (Chopin) • Rondo (Schubert) • Theme from Symphony No. 1 (Brahms) • Vienna Life (Strauss) • Volga Boatman • Waltz from HMS Pinafore
Description: The ländler (an 18th-century German folk dance) was a popular style among classical composers, who even incorporated them into large symphonic works. Here is a very easy and enjoyable work by Beethoven that uses just quarter note rhythms and basic dynamic changes.