going through different paths in their musical careers, I
met the violin player Caroline
Duffner met in the beautiful inspiring Oxford and, following
our common views on music making, decided to form a duo concertante to
explore and specialise in the unusual yet rich and charming repertoire
of Sinfonia Concertante
(or Double Concerto) for violin,
viola and orchestra.
for more instruments
composers wrote more than a sinfonia concertante or concerto for
violin, viola and orchestra, from the baroque
Graun, to the composers of the classical era Stamitz, Mozart,
Pleyel, to the late romantic Max
Bruch, to the 20th
century's composers Benjamin Britten and Arthur Benjamin.
the baroque era there are many examples of concertos for more
instruments, it was a very common type of composition. You can
find concertos by Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach, to name only the most
composition with the name Sinfonia Concertante was a
genre very well in fashion in the second half of the 18th century, especially in Paris and
Mannheim, where there was a very good and famed orchestra.
Mozart himself had the opportunity
to hear several of these works when he stayed in Paris in
composed a sinfonia concertante for wind instruments, one for violin,
viola, cello and orchestra (only fragments survived) and the most
famous one for
violin, viola and orchestra which is of our interest here.
is virtually the only sinfonia concertante which is performed rather
frequently, quite rightly because it is a wonderful work.
we found a few more works which are interesting and deserve being performed and listened to.
me, the most interesting and fascinating aspect of concertos with
more solo instruments is the special dialogue which
is created between the soloists, just like a conversation, and
between the soloists and the orchestra.
A performance of the Sinfonia
concertante for violin, viola and orchestra by Mozart in Dorchester
the romantic era, composers still wrote some
concertos for more than one solo instrument, the most
examples are Beethoven's triple concerto for violin, cello and piano
and Brahms double concerto for violin and cello.
not add something different to concert programme? Call us for
more information about some of these works, there are different styles from
different times: from the baroque
Graun, to the classical
Stamitz, Mozart, Pleyel, to the late romantic Max
Bruch, to the 20th
century's Benjamin Britten and Arthur Benjamin.
Violin and viola duo
playing sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, we
also have prepared a concert programme of duos and duo concertante for violin
These too have been hand picked by us to represent various musical
periods: therefore we have works by Bach, Handel-Halvorsen,
Ignaz Pleyel, Hoffmeister, Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, Spohr, Alessandro
Martinu and more in preparation. Most of these compositions are
originally written for violin and viola,
while we also chose some which are interesting arrangements (and
we even have our own special arrangement for violin and viola of a
piece by Paganini, who played both instruments... a surprise).
programme is ideal for a chamber music concert, or for a
venue, and offers a mix of melodic, singing themes and the opportunity for a bit of virtuoso show
To contact about a performance or for more
information, call: (+44) 07985 025129 or
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