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Originally for two flutes, this charming suite has been transposed and put into bass clef to suit cellos. It is quite a substantial suite, and suitable for teaching or performance. SM30 is an arrangement of the same work for 2 viols or violas. (See the viol duos page for details) Two scores. This sample page is from the viols edition.
These are six interesting sonatas which date from 1739, and were republished in 1765. They were written for two flutes, or violins, oboes or pardessus de violes. This is a critical performing edition with commentary and an extensive intro. Two volumes, with 3 sonatas in each. Single score. Audio is the first movement of the first sonata.
Michel Corrette was a prolific composer, not only of music, but of instrumental methods. He wrote one for the Pardessus de viole, and another covering the double bass and viola. He wrote music especially for these method books, and it is rarely heard. This publication brings together the duets for two pardessus de violes, which have roughly the same range as the violin, and the duets for two violas, which have been transposed up a fifth. The book includes two sonatas, and several single pieces. Two scores. Audio is of Le Charbonier et la Meuniere and the Musette that follows it. Tempi are not exact for performance.
You really can't go wrong with Purcell, can you? He was such a great composer. This edition presents the four part string music from The Indian Queen. It's also playable on TrTrTB viols if you're willing for the bass to tune down to low C, and have the trebles go above the frets quite often. Score & parts. The audio is the Overture. It is a little too fast and doesn't give any idea of articulation, but it should help to get the idea of the music.
Arranged by Patrice Connelly.
This is a collection of pieces from the various editions of John Playford's The Dancing Master. All fit on viola in first position, and tenor viol, almost all in first position. Ranging from easy to intermediate, these country dances are fun, quirky and quite performable too. All have been transposed into alto clef from treble clef, and into user-friendly keys.
Dutch composer Willem de Fesch was an almost exact contemporary of Handel. This collection of 6 sonatas was written for two German flutes or violins, and first published in England in 1739. Saraband has published the original version, which may also suit recorder. 2 scores. For a sample page and an audio file, please go to the recorder & wind page.
This is a collection of 39 short unaccompanied pieces for violin, mostly scotch-measures, but a few strathspeys and reels interspersed. The book was published in 1700 by Henry Playford, son of John Playford. It's an absolute gift for anyone with a passion for Scottish folk music.
There's also SM159a, which is the same, transposed for viola. Same price.