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 Teacher/Student Duets
Author: JohnH 
Date:   2002-08-03 16:50

This is my first posting to the BB, if I error, please forgive.

I have been studying the clarinet with a private instructor (a doubler on clarinet) for two years. We have completed the Cambridge Clarinet Tutor and now are progressing into more technical instruction to improve my understanding of music and executing those concepts on the clarinet. While the lessons are for me great, emphasis on scales, rythmic and mechanical exercies, etc, we no longer have duets to practice or just play to enjoy. Any suggestions.

Thanks for the help.


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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: Karel 
Date:   2002-08-03 17:11

"Learn to Play Clarinet Duets" compiled by William Eisenhauer and published by "Alfred Publishing Co., Inc." PO Box 10003, Van Nuys, California 91410-0003 is a good start. Karel.

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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: GBK 
Date:   2002-08-03 17:13

JohnH...There are <I>so many</I> duet books that cover all aspects of playing, at all levels, it can be daunting to just recommend a few.

In any event, a good basic one to start with (I'm sure you'll get many more suggestions) is the Voxman "Selected Duets" (Rubank).
Volume 1 is Easy-Medium, and is probably sufficient for where you are right now. There is a Volume 2 which is Advanced, and is also recommended as an educational (and fun as well) experience...GBK

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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: beejay 
Date:   2002-08-03 18:08

Go for gold. Get the 12 duets for two wind instruments by Mozart. There are several versions, but the one I use and like is published by Gerard Billaudot in Paris and edited by Guy Dangain. Universal Verlag in Vienna have wonderful two-clarinet arrangements of Mozart's German dances and Laendler, the Magic Flute and Don Giovanni (a bit more tricky). If you are relatively new to the instrument, I strongly recommend the classical duets edited by Jacques Lancelot and again published by Billaudot which go from easy to quite advanced. Even the easy ones, while technically straightforward, are a musical challengel. There are some beautiful duets by Wiedemann, and when you get more advanced you will have the duets of Crusell to explore. I particularly love "Four Concertante Duets" by John Mahon, published by Musikverlag Gottfried Aegler. Elgar's sonatine for two clarinets (edited by Pamela Weston) is another of my favorites. If you like 20th century music, you might like to take a look at Richard Rodney Bennett's Conversations for Two Clarinets. And if you want a real challenge, you can find some marvellous arrangements of pieces from the Barber of Seville, arranged by Feher Laszlo Gabor, by searching through the sheet music section on this site. Good luck.

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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: E. Thomas 
Date:   2002-08-04 02:53

You might search the web site for clarinet duets.
You'll find Mozart, K424 originally for Violin and Viola, transposed for two clarinets from the original key. The duets in the Klose Complete Method are good skill-building duos. However the Carl Fischer "Ensemble Music Press" [EMP-18] (1943) titled W.A.Mozart "Three Duos", revised by Gustav Langenus, are totally outstanding. They're available through Carl Fischer in a new edition called "Eastman School of Music - Sole Agents for the World - Carl Fischer". Reasonably priced and excellent print. Alfred Einstein's notes on the authenticity of these "Trois Duos" is very enlightening for he states that they're arrangements by Mozart's publisher Johann Anton Andre.
Nonetheless, they're so worthwhile for study, style and technique.
Good Luck!

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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: Tim2 
Date:   2002-08-05 02:37

There are 15 duets in book two of the Klose book 2. The first part of each is one that is difficult while the second part is of a more accompanying nature. If you and your teacher are looking for something where "you have to do most of the work", so to speak, this may be an option.

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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: diz 
Date:   2002-08-05 02:57

The Lazarus methods are idea - there are three books in the series and they all have duets. Easy, medium and difficult. My two cents worth.

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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: diz 
Date:   2002-08-05 02:57

The Lazarus methods are ideal - there are three books in the series and they all have duets. Easy, medium and difficult. My two cents worth.

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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: Katfish 
Date:   2002-08-05 13:09

Two sets of Pleyel duets, one edited by Simon, the other by Glaser and very nice.

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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: Ken Shaw 
Date:   2002-08-05 14:45

The Klose method, part 3, has some good, melodic duets. The 2nd part is basically accompaniment and is much easier than the 1st part.

The Langenus method, part 3, has the second half devoted completely to duets. The 2nd parts are accompaniment, but have more interest than those in the Klose book and require a somewhat stronger player. At the end is a clarinet trio transcription of Beethoven's wonderful trio for 2 oboes and English horn.

The Lazarus method, part 3 has two sets of very good duets. The first set are decent musically and are quite athletic, with equal 1st and 2nd parts. The second set (called "Operatic Duets") are on tunes from various operas. They are less difficult than the first set, but better music. The parts are roughly equal, though the 1st part has a little more of the melodies. They're great practice for deveoping a singing, cantabile style.

As others have said, the Rubank books are excellent -- full of Mozart and Bach.

Kuhlau's flute duets are very good music and work well for clarinets if the 1st player is comfortable in the altissimo.

Best regards.

Ken Shaw

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 RE: Teacher/Student Duets
Author: JohnH 
Date:   2002-08-05 19:49

Thank you for all the great suggestions. I have already begun the search for many of the pieces and/or books mentioned.

Thanks again.


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