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Just for Two-Short Melodic Duets (v.1)






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Just for Two
Short Melodic Duets – Volume 1
By Various Composers
Arranged by James Zingara for two flutes
Published by Eighth Note Publications
Total duration:16'30″

Hunting Song by Franz Schubert
Daughters of Kings by Giulio Bentivoglio
The Castle Ruins by Ludwig van Beethoven
Little Celadine by Charles Gounod
Arithmetic by Charles Gounod
The Blessing by Giorgio Galli
The Morning Star by Franz Schubert
Nocturne by Henrik Hennings
The Britons by Reynaldo Hahn
The Sorrow by Agostino Donini
Christmas Cantata by Friedrich Moritz Gast
Sunday Morning by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Punschlied by Franz Schubert
Viking Song by Sameul Coleridge-Taylor
Duetto by Othon-Joseph Vandenbroeck
The Beauty of Spring by Robert Crawford
Playmates by Franz Lachner
Bouree by Jacques-Christophe Naudot
Farewell by Narciso Aguabella
The Wild Hunt by Franz Schubert
Spectra by James Zingara
The Nightingale by F. Chopin/L. Bordese

      Over the years, the duets found in Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet have proven to be a great resource for both the professional and the student. This section of the Arban book offers a plethora of melodic material in short, digestible forms. The difficulty level of these duets ranges from quite easy to intermediate with the emphasis of relatively simple melodies in which shaping, phrasing and intonation are the primary challenges. In addition to these obvious benefits, I have found that these duets can also be practiced in different ways to address different needs:
      1. Being, as a whole, much easier than the solos in the Art of Phrase section of the Arban book, these duets can be practiced as solos to not only build musicality, but to work towards consistency of sound and accuracy;
      2. When attempting to overcome extreme fatigue, soreness or problems in consistency, practicing the lower parts by themselves will offer a lot of musical material without the added concern of range. 
      During my collegiate, professional and pedegogical career, I have found these duets to be a touchstone to remind myself of good habits and approaches. I have long sought more material in this vein and respectfully offer Short Melodic Duets in answer to this need. The material in these duets have been taken from a variety of public domain sources including vocal duets and instrumental works for strings, horns, flutes and even bagpipes(!); composers represent both the well-known and the quite obscure. Emphasis was placed on a variety of accessible keys, moderate ranges and brevity of form. One main departure from Arban is the presence of early music with the salient feature of irregular phrase construction. In all cases, these duets have been carefully edited to show phrase construction and melodic shape.
      It is my intent that players of all ages will find the pieces contained in Short Melodic Duets to be not only tuneful and useful, but also fun to play.
– James Zingara

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