Curtain up! – Duos 1 and 2

Reading time: 2 min.

Duos 1

The flute duet has been a favourite combination for centuries resulting in many fine compositions and arrangements, not least of which were of many operatic overtures and arias – the pop music of the day – making these “hits” available for people to play in their own home long before the gramophone was invented. Bühne Frei! or Curtain Up! (Book 1) is the latest release in the Magic Flute on Stage series and celebrates this tradition of music making with the minimum of resources.
It includes original pieces from Blavet and Berbuigier, operatic arias from Handel and Rossini, and arrangements of Bartok, all topped off with some jazzy pieces from that master of woodwind teaching, James Rae.
Easy to intermediate level and ideal for teaching, relaxing or concerts and competitions.

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Curtain up! Duos 1 for 2 flutes arranged and edited by Fereshteh Rahbari

Duos 2

With so many young flautists in the musical world today it is only natural to pair them up and give them some wonderful duets to play. It’s amazing what “big” music, these two small instruments can cope with; indeed, in the eighteenth century the flute duet was almost the gramophone record of the time as countless operatic arias were brought to the public in arrangements for this pairing.

This book draws on some of those miniaturizations, from Mozart’s and Weber’s operas, coupled with earlier music from Telemann and Boismortier and rounded off with more modern pieces from Richard Rodney Bennett and a (specially written) piece by Holzeis-Augustin which introduces some contemporary music techniques. All these duets are great fun and well within the reach of intermediate players.

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Curtain up! Duos 2 for 2 flutes arranged and edited by Fereshteh Rahbari

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