Enjoy these 31 traditional Danish tunes arranged for two players, with chords for back-up musicians included. Program notes and a source list are included.
Each Tunes for Two collection consists of individual spiral-bound duet books presented in score form with melody on the top line and harmony beneath so you can play each tune by yourself or with others.
Duo arrangements of the tunes in this collection, in the same keys, are available for
The tunes in this collection are laid out so that there are no page turns to interrupt the flow of your playing.
“Jens Lyngses Polka”,
“Lars Peter pa Rimmi”,
“Op Med Fokken”,
“Petersen & Enkelt Kaede”,
“Polska From Fyn”,
“Simon Kils Vals”,
“Smedens Anders Skottish”,
“Store Smeds Vals, Den”,
“Strejkende General, Den”,
“Thorvald Hansens Vals”,
“Vals From Agerkrog”
“...a delightful collection of duets for two violins. The book is assembled with a convenient comb binding that enables it to lie flat easily. The dances are all in first position, with slurs, grace notes, and trills to ornament the melody. Bowings are clear and make the music easier to play, with logical down bows on the down beat. This is a good resource for students ready for quite a few string crossings, sixteenth notes, and turn-arounds (mordents).”
“...lively Danish tunes arranged for two violas in a melody and harmony format, with the two parts evenly matched for difficulty and interest. Parts are well laid out in score form, and are easy to read. The pieces are all playable in first position and include keys of C, G, D, A, F, and Bb major, and D minor. Some are diatonic, and others have a sprinkling of accidentals, including the dreaded “high 3” and “low 1.” The melodic content of these tunes provides ample practice for arpeggios and string crossings in a fun setting. The two parts are predominantly homorhythmic, with no tricky patterns--only a few straightforward syncopations--so ensemble should not present any real difficulties. The biggest challenge (and benefit) would be encouraging fingers and bow arms to work quickly and nimbly.”
“This collection of over 30 traditional Danish fiddle tunes is a must for fiddling enthusiasts. Most string players are familiar with the rich Irish, Scottish and American fiddling styles, but many may not be aware of the fiddling traditions from Scandinavia. Both Sweden and Denmark are noted for their extensive traditional fiddle duets. This collection of mainly lively polkas, waltzes and other dances has been well scored for two violas (and written in easy keys). The score album also includes chord indications if one wishes to add a guitar or other chordal instrument. The 1st viola has the melody and the pieces can be played as viola solos if a 2nd viola is not available. The 2nd viola part in all the pieces, is a true harmny part and is as interesting to play as the 1st part. The viola edition is scored in the same keys as the other editions (for 2 violins, 2 cellos, 2 basses or 2 mandolins), allowing for mixed duet playing. All the pieces can be played by grade two players. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”