6 Duos Opus 50 and Duo Concertant Opus 55 by Friedrich-August Belcke transcribed for two brass instruments (originally written for trombone) are relatively unknown duets that are well worth exploring. The 6 Duos are simple study-like pieces, all in the key of Bb, that rely heavily on canonic imitation peppered with a few surprising twists. The Duo Concertant is a substantial and superb three movement sonata that rivals the Celebrated Duets of Saint-Jacome.
Available in treble or bass clef.
The duets can be played by…
- two treble clef instruments (e.g., two C trumpets, Bb cornet & Bb euphonium, Eb tenor horn & Eb bass),
- two concert pitch bass clef instruments (e.g., trombone & tuba),
- any treble clef Bb instrument with any concert pitch bass clef instrument (e.g., trumpet & trombone).
It doesn’t matter if the instruments are pitched an octave apart or if the lower-voiced instrument plays the upper stave.
21 pages in total - the 6 Duos are in score and the Duo Concertant is in separate parts.
Grades 4 to 8