Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Duet time

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This photograph was taken at the backstage of Esplanade Concert Hall.


This morning, PY and XM met up for a sight-reading session of double bass duets. The session began with the sight-reading of Bach's Menuet arranged for two double basses. XM played the first double bass part for this work, while PY played the second part. Three cheers to XM for he has done a pretty good job playing this work given that he was sight-reading.

Subsequently, PY and XM continued to sight-read almost all the duets from From Amadeus to Jazz: Easy Duos for Two String Basses edited by Franz Pillinger.

A few of the duets sounded boring. A few others sounded too low-pitch to captivate the attention of the listener. There were a few other pieces that were too challenging to be sight-read.

Among the various duets, PY quite like the melody of Greensleeves but given the degree of difficulty of this duet and the limited time to practise for it, it would have to be shelved aside for the moment.

After more than one hour of sight-reading session, XM and PY selected the following duets from From Amadeus to Jazz: Easy Duos for Two String Basses edited by Franz Pillinger:

W.A. Mozart's Allegro
Leopold Mozart's Polonaise
Leopold Mozart's Menuet

These duets were generally easy to play and at the same time, interesting. XM and PY shall meet one week later to rehearse these selected duets.

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