40 appealing duets in varying styles (from Baroque to ragtime, swing to romantic and much more) that advance as you do. The 8 duets in each grade section comply with the parameters of range and keys required for the most widely used examination boards, and provide light relief for additional repertoire to support progress and learning.
The earlier duets in the book feature 'Eye-n-Stein' , a friendly little icon designed to warn of possible dangers ahead.
Our '40 Graded Duets' series (also available in its original Clarinet edition, and Saxophone/s edition) has proved an immediate hit since release in 2013; consistently appearing in the 'Top ten best selling' charts for duet books on websites such as Musicroom.com etc. 40 Graded Flute Duets is also available in PDF Email delivery option (simply choose this option when selecting your delivery choice option).
On the high wire
Pass it on
The Music Box
In minor mood
Dance of the Marionette
In the presence of the king
Speaker key sonnet
A raggy day
I've got the last word
The Witching Hour
In the stillness
Dance of the flowers (with bugs on!)
Not quite a waltz
Short and sweet
Back and forth
Swingin' the blues away
Feelin' the groove
Debussy's (Spanish) dream
Shmooky goes to town
Train scene (from a silent film)
Variations on a Celtic theme
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'Variations on a Celtic theme' from the Grade 5 section here (audio instruments are just
Review of 40 Graded (Saxophone edition) Duets (grades 1-5) in the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain's magazine
"These 40 duets are progressive and divided into five grades of eight duets each. They have been written with the various learning criteria in mind. The same pieces are used for both clarinet and saxophone but in suitable keys and ranges for each instrument. The saxophone book comes with a separate booklet with part two for tenor saxophone.
Duets are varying lengths and represent a range of styles. Ensemble skills are also considered with saxophone one and two being equal throughout, sharing the melody and accompanying equally, although saxophone two generally takes the lower line. titles are imaginitive with some suggesting a style (In the presence of the King, Cool cat), while others focus on rhythm (I've got the last word; crotchet, two quavers, crotchet, crotchet). Folk styles come in the form of Chinese whispers and Variations on a Celtic theme and technique comes in Pinky Time, for little fingers. Each duet is well written and has a short blurb with a little background and suggestions of what to listen for and work on.
Throughout the first 20 duets, Degg adds a pair of eyes (known as 'Eye-n-Stein'!) at places where extra thought may be needed. It could be a less common fingering, or a rest or key change, or a long note where the other part is moving. I had varied success with Eye-n-Stein on pupils as some ignored the symbol and others got distracted by the cute eyes but it provided a talking point.
This is an excellent collection and should have pieces of interest for everyone. Suitable for players from grades one to five and above, and recommended for teachers as a handy resource for sight reading and ensemble work in lessons".