A Duet for 2 violins and piano


Standard: Easy


Running Time: 1 minute  

  • What you will receive...

    Your download will contain the score and parts in PDF format, an audio file in MP3 format of a full performance of the piece, and a piano backing track to aid rehearsal and performance!

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  • About the Piece



    Sometimes when we have a window open at home and a breeze blows up outside, the wind can blow through the open window  causing a door to bang. It always gives me a shock!

    I wanted to write a very easy and short violin duet for complete beginners that had a bit of character and the idea of a door suddenly banging was the thing I decided to recreate, albeit in a more tame manner!

    I thought of this being really a piece for young children because I imagined that they might like the idea of trying to give someone a shock by playing a rhythmic motif on their violin.




    The piece is in D major and the main motif is a dotted minim up bow crescendo on one note followed by a fast loud sudden down bow.

    This happens 6 times with a scale-like melody in the 1st violin in between. There is a section where the crescendo motif happens on an open E. I wondered whether it might sound too harsh, on small violins in the hands of beginners. But then I thought that we shouldn't shy away from letting children play on the E string.

    With a little bit of guidance I think it would be possible to make a good sound here. It just takes a bit of care.
    The 2nd violin part is all open strings and first fingers, so very simple.
    This piece is written to be played with the piano because there needs to be a rhythmic basis for the piece.

    The piano part is easy and has constant quavers in the right hand, helping the violinists to keep in time. There is a backing track available which has two bars of piano intro so that the players know when the piece has started. I realise that this piece is very short, at just under a minute. I thought of adding repeat marks but I didn’t because since it is written for beginner children, I felt that playing it once might be enough of a challenge.