does anyone know of any fiddle and viola duet books. My searches so far have turned up nothing.
There are some great duets by Bruni.
I believe Rolla, Spohr, and Pichl wrote some as well.
And of course, there’s always Handel-Halvorsen! I used to perform the Passacaglia fairly often. The Sarabande is quite nice as well.
If you’re looking specifically for fiddle music, you’ll have a much harder time finding material. There are fiddlers who play the viola, but the tunes are usually transposed to fit the instrument, not written for it.
Thanks, but I was looking for fiddle tunes. Either the fiddle in the lead the whole time, or exchanging lead back-and-forth with the viola.
All I can find are books for playing the violin part on the viola. The challenge is that the viola hasn’t traditionally been used much for folk music.
So clicking on that site, I sought it was Deborah Greenblatt's site. I purchased her Irish fiddle duets book several years ago. So it looks like she has duets for two fiddles, and books for two viola's, but not fiddle and viola. However the sample page she gives for her viola looks like it doesn't use the C string. I will contact her. If that is true,I will probably wind up buying one of her books.
I think the idea with the Greenblatt series is that, in addition to being able to play the arrangements with another violin, you can buy a book for violin and one for viola and use them together, since the tunes have been arranged to be in the same key regardless of the instrumentation.
They’re designed to make it easier to collaborate if you don’t have a better option already. A lot of musicians who play freelance gigs keep them around in case a client asks to put together an impromptu group.
I play both; in fact, I only got my first fiddle because it was too confusing when I showed up at fiddle classes with my viola. I like the site that was suggested.
I often create an ABC text score for a tune I like, just so I can transpose it for viola. (I've also forgotten how to read viola clef, so I print my tunes in what appears to be treble clef, transposed down seven halftones from actual fiddle music.) Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have particular tunes you seek; maybe I can help. I've been working on building up an old-time repertoire of scores, recordings, etc. I assume you know the Milliner-Koken book? If not, wow, what a treasure! -- Rachel
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