Duets

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Unless otherwise indicated, each piece is scored for two instruments of the same pitch.

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"Baby Tuba Rock" by James Moule
Lower brass duet for baritone / Eb Bass. Contest piece that develops syncopated playing and jazz styles. BC and TC versions provided. Moderate difficulty.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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Ballinderry Rhapsody" by James Moule
Originally a solo for euphonium, this piece exists on this site as a quartet and, now, a duet.
Two versions are provided, one for Bb instruments and one for Cornet and Eb Horn. Both parts require skill.
Duration: 2'50".

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Barcarolle from "The Tales of Hoffmann" by Jacques Offenbach, arranged by James Moule
The difficulty with this apparently easy piece is to play with sensitivity throughout the range of the instrument. Parts for two Bb cornets and for two trombones / euphoniums are provided.
Duration: 2'10".

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"Capriccio Italienne" (excerpts) by Tchaikovski, arranged by James Moule
Written for two inexperienced players, this duet for Bb cornet and Eb horn is easy and is an ideal length for junior contests.
Duration: 3' 50".

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"Cherry Ripe" by Charles Horn, arranged by James Moule
Three versions are provided. In C major CP, one for two Bb instruments (cornets), and one for Bb cornet and Eb Horn. In F major, the version is for Eb Horn and Baritone. These are easy duets, comfortably pitched so that they are playable by young musicians.
Duration: 2'15".

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"Could a Man Be Secure?" by Starling Goodwin, arranged by James Moule
Starling Goodwin was a contemporary of Mozart and, like John Stanley, was a blind London organist. This piece starts as a quirky mazurka with uneven meter, then changes to a fast running style. The repeats should not be "carbon copies" and the cornet / baritone version here suggests how that can be achieved. The original was probably unaccompanied. Scored here for two similar Bb instruments, probably cornets or baritones, or one of each. Comfortably pitched and playable by young musicians. Excellent for contests. Used by Zachary Sharples and Sam Wong to win Under 19 Duet at the 2019 Hunter Region Solos.
Used by the St.George team, Ben Liptak & Sam Wong, to win Under 19 Duet at the 2020 NSW Party Championships.
Duration: 3'15".

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"Damon and Clora" by Henry Harington
Dr. Harington was an English composer famous for his glees around 1800. Scored for two Bb instruments of the same pitch with accompaniment, this is piece suitable for contests. Comfortably pitched for intermediate players.
Duration: 3 minutes

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"Duet" from Cantata BWV 78 by J.S. Bach
Scored for two Bb instruments of the same pitch with accompaniment, this piece is suitable for contests and great fun. High notes in the Primo part is the main difficulty. A version for Soprano cornet and Bb cornet is now provided. A revision in May 2019 simplified the accompaniment and corrected mistakes. Used by Zachary Sharples and Alex Putra in winning Under 15 Duet at the NSW State Solo and Party Championships in 2019.
Duration: 3' 25".

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Duet for Brass by Agostino Steffani, arranged by James Moule
Scored for Bb cornet and Eb (tenor) horn, this kammerduet from about 1700 was written for a soprano and an alto. This arrangement uses only the first two sections of the piece. The range is comfortable for both players. This is suitable for contests for intermediate players.
Duration: 2' 20".

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Duet for Brass by George Phillip Telemann, arranged by James Moule
Scored for two Bb instruments (most likely trombones / euphoniums / baritones). A lively gigue is sandwiched between two lento sections. The range is extensive for both players with many high notes for the higher part.. This is suitable for contests for intermediate players.
Duration: 3'40"

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"Duetto from Cantata BWV 80 "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" by J.S. Bach
Scored for flugel (cornet) and baritone (euphonium) or Eb Horn, this is suitable for junior contests. Comfortably pitched and of moderate difficulty.
Duration: 2 mins 20s.

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Duo "Au fond du temple saint" from "The Pearl Fishers" by Georges Bizet
Scored for two Bb instruments of the same pitch, preferably trombones. This famous duet is suitable for concert or contest. As with the original, the thrill comes from getting the high notes so, although the speed is comfortable, there are challenges.
Duration: 3'30".

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"En Passant de la Marjolaine" by James Moule
Duet for Bb cornet and trombone (or baritone, etc), based on the quintet on this site. Suitable for contests and concerts. Not difficult but the trombone has a couple of high notes.
Duration: 2'30".

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"Entry of the Guests" from Tannhauser by Richard Wagner, arranged by James Moule
Duet for euphoniums / baritones (maybe trombones), based on the quintet on this site. This is an exciting piece, suitable for contests and concerts. This arrangement allows players to demonstrate skills over the full range of the instruments. Quite difficult due to lots of high notes. BC and TC versions are provided.
Duration: 4'35".

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"Gondoliers Duet" by Arthur Sullivan, transcribed by James Moule
Bb and Eb versions with Sullivan's piano accompaniment. Marco and Guiseppe's duet from the first act of "The Gondoliers" should be played as fast as the pianist can manage. Suitable for contests and great fun. Moderate difficulty.
Duration: no more than 2'30".

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"Gone Are the Days" by Stephen Foster, arranged by James Moule
This sentimental song is usually known as "Old Black Joe". It is set here for two Bb instuments, probably two cornets or two baritones. Written for inexperienced junior players for contests, though the upper part tests the range.
Duration: 2'35'.

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"Hare and the Tortoise, The" by James Moule
Scored for cornet and tuba. Written so that a young Bb tuba player could be part of a duo.
The duo, Rocky-Dimitri Holt and Stella Shin, played it to win Under Duet at the Sydney Metropolitan Solo and Ensemble Competition in 2021.
Follows the Aesop fable. (Spoiler alert: The tortoise wins.)
Suitable for Eb or Bb Bass or euphonium. Intermediate difficulty.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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"Hark, the Goddess Diana" by Reginald Spofforth, arranged by James Moule
Set for two Bb instruments, this piece by Beethoven's English contemporary is comfortably set and is a suitable contest piece for intermediate players. Not difficult.
Duration: 2'15".

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"Hour for Thee and Me, The" by Stephen Foster, arranged by James Moule
Set for two Bb instruments, this sentimental song is extended by two variations. It is comfortably set and is a suitable contest piece for intermediate players. Not difficult.
Duration: 2'20".

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"Howzat?" by James Moule
Bb and Eb versions with piano accompaniment. Written for Sean Hou (9) and Dean Hou (8), hence the name, to play in Under 13 Duets at the 2007 Sydney Metropolitan Band Branch championships in which they came 2nd. Used by the winners of Under 13 Duet at the 2010 Metropolitan Championships in Sydney. There is a cricket theme of a spin bowler using subtle variation, getting belted but finally taking a wicket. Suitable for inexperienced players.
Duration: 1'45".

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"Laudemus Te" from "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi, arranged by James Moule
Short duet for two Bb instruments with piano accompaniment. Suitable for inexperienced players in junior contests. Comfortably pitched.
Duration: 1'40".

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"Little Grey Home in the West" by Hermann Lohr, arranged by James Moule
Duet for Bb Cornet / Eb Horn with piano accompaniment, based on the solo on this site. Suitable for concerts and contests. Moderate difficulty due to a few high notes.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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"Little Red Whiten Blues" by James Moule
Lower brass duet, either for baritone / Eb Bass or two trombones. Contest piece that develops syncopated playing and jazz styles.
Written for Alex Putra and Leo Huang who played it to win Under 19 Duet at the 2020 Victorian State Solo and Party Championships.
Used by the same pair to win Under 15 Duet at the 2020 NSW Party Championships.
Used by Alex Putra and Adrian Tu to win Under 15 Duet at the Sydney Metropolitan Solo and Ensemble Competition in 2021.
BC and TC versions provided. Moderate difficulty.
Duration: 2'40".

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"Long Day Closes, The" by Sir Arthur Sullivan, transcibed by James Moule
Versions for two Bb instruments, bass clef and treble clef, and an Eb Horn part are provided. This song is comfortably pitched in all versions and suits junior contests.
Used by Linley Feng and Sophie Tu to win Under 13 Duet at the Sydney Metropolitan Solo and Ensemble Competition in 2021.
Duration: 2'30".

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Maggie May Traditional sailor's song, arranged by James Moule
This saucy song of the 1800s describes the thieving, arrest and transportation of a Liverpool prostitute (words available on-line). This setting for two Bb cornets is straightforward, comfortably pitched for intermediate players.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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Manly Heart, The from "The Magic Flute" by W.A. Mozart, transcribed by James Moule
Beautiful love song sung by Tamino and Pamina in the opera. Arranged for Bb cornet and baritone / trombone. BC and TC parts are provided for the baritone part. Easy for lower part but the cornet has some high notes.
Duration: 2 min 50s.

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Marching Song by Gustav Holst, arranged by James Moule
This is a challenging duet for two cornets, testing a substantial range of both players. Thrilling piece for concerts or contests.
Duration: 3' 50"

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Message of the Breeze by Charles Gounod, transcribed by James Moule
This dramatic part song is comfortably pitched for two Bb instruments. A version is supplied for Bb cornet and Eb Horn with the Horn part involving a few high notes. Excellent piece for concerts or contests.
Duration: 2' 35"

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Minuet by Beethoven, arranged by James Moule
Well-known tune, set here for either two cornets or cornet and Eb horn (which is better). Not difficult, except for an occasional high note. Suitable for junior contests.
Duration: 2'20".

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Moment Musical Op.94 No.3 by Franz Schubert, arranged by James Moule
Arranged for either two Bb cornets or cornet and Eb horn, with piano accompaniment. The wide range makes this suitable only for intermediate players.
Duration: 1' 40'.

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Mother, I Will Have a Husband by Thomas Vautor, transcribed by James Moule
Arranged for two Bb cornets with piano accompaniment. Comfortably pitched and suitable for intermediate players.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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Muffin Man Canon by James Moule
An unaccompanied two-part fugue on the children's song. Moderately difficult. Used by St.George members Holly Williams and Alex Putra to win Under 13 Duet at the Metropolitan Solo and Ensemble Competition, Sydney, in 2017.
Duration: 1'18" The parts were revised slightly in 2018.

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Nightingale, The by Sergei Taneyev, arranged by James Moule
Duet for Bb instruments of the same pitch. Comfortably pitched. TC and CP parts provided.
Duration: 2'25"

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Nymphs and Shepherds by Henry Purcell, arranged by James Moule
This well-known song from Purcell's opera "The Libertine" is arranged here for Bb cornet and Eb (tenor) horn with piano. It is pitched comfortably but there are some quick passages which will be a challenge. Good for concerts and junior contests. Note that the original version was in incorrect keys and was replaced in January 2019.
This piece was used by Anthony Arfanis (12) and Sarah Sharples (11) to win the Under 13 Duet event at the 2019 Sydney Metropolitan Solo and Ensembles Competition for St.George Brass Band. In June that year, they came second in Under 15 Duet (to another St.George pair) using this piece in the NSW State Solo and Party Championships. Later used by Harry Kane (11) and Sarah Sharples (11) to win Under 13 Duet at the Hunter Region Solos in 2019.
Duration: 2'45".

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Oily Rag by James Moule
With piano accompaniment. Duet for Euphonium and Eb Bass in the style of Scott Joplin. Not difficult. Suitable for intermediate grade competitions.
Duration: 2'20".

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Opening Trio of Ladies from "The Magic Flute" by W.A. Mozart, arranged James Moule
With piano accompaniment. Duet for cornets. Three sections. Fairly difficult. Suitable for intermediate grade competitions.
Duration: 5'15".

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"The Rose of Tralee" by C.W. Glover, arranged James Moule
With piano accompaniment. Two versions are provided: one for two Bb cornets and one for cornet and tenor horn. Suitable for junior contests. Comfortably pitched.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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"The Rose of Tralee" by C.W. Glover, arranged James Moule
With piano accompaniment. A third version of this sentimental song, this time for the unusual combination of tenor horn and baritone horn. Suitable for junior contests. Comfortably pitched.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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Santa Lucia Traditional song arranged by James Moule
Set for two Bb instruments with piano accompaniment. Routine Air Varie. Suitable contest piece for intermediate players. Best on baritones or euphoniums.
Duration: 2'20".

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Sing Unto God from "Judas Maccabaeus" by G.F. Handel arranged by James Moule
With piano accompaniment. Suitable for contests. Used by the winners of Open Duet in the 2005 Sydney Metropolitan Championships. Best on baritones or euphoniums. Quite difficult. CP and TC parts included.
Duration: 3 minutes.

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Sonata a tre Op.4 No.6 by Arcangelo Corelli
Scored for soprano cornet and Bb cornet with piano accompaniment. Suitable for contests. The Preludio has an uncomfortable range. The Allemande and Giga make a nice pairing with a suitable length. Lots of fun to play. Moderately difficult.
Duration: 6'30" but there are a number of sections that could be performed separately.

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Sonata K.159 by Domenico Scarlatti, arranged by James Moule
Scored for soprano cornet and Bb cornet with piano accompaniment. Suitable for contests. Quite difficult for the soprano.
Duration: 2 minutes.

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Songs of the Great War by James Moule
An unaccompanied two-part short piece featuring "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" and "Pack Up Your Troubles". Provided in TC, BC and cornet / tenor horn versions. Quite easy.
Duration: 1'15".

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Sound the Trumpet from "Come Ye Sons of Art" by Henry Purcell, arranged by James Moule
With piano accompaniment. Played by winners of Under 15 Duets at 2007 Sydney Metropolitan Championships. Moderately difficult. This was revised so that the expected variations in repeats are written out.
Duration: 2'30"

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"Tales from the Vienna Woods" by Johann Strauss II, arranged by James Moule
Scored for two Bb cornets with piano accompaniment. The original work is quite long and some sections are not suitable for a duet. Consequently, this version is cut down to fit competition time limits. Suitable for intermediate players.
Duration: about 4'15".

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"Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred" by Sir John Stevenson, arranged by James Moule
Scored for Bb cornet and Eb (tenor) horn with piano accompaniment. The piece shows a variety of styles and is ideal for contests. Suitable for intermediate players.
Duration: about 3'30".

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"There is a Tavern in the Town" Cornish tune, arranged by James Moule
Scored for two Bb instruments of the same pitch with piano accompaniment. The familiar tune is repeated with flourishes which show off the talent of the players, making it ideal for contests. Suitable for intermediate players who can play their scales.
Duration: 2'20".

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"Under the Greenwood Tree" by Thomas Arne, arranged by James Moule
With piano accompaniment. Song written for Lord Amiens to sing in "As You Like It" (Shakespeare). 1st Cornet has a high note. 2nd Cornet is comfortable. The second part on tenor horn is high. Suitable for intermediate players. Used by Zachary Sharples (13) and Alex Putra (12) to win Under 16 Duet at the Hunter Region Solos in 2019.
Duration: Under 2 mins.

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"Weg der Liebe" by Johannes Brahms arr. James Moule
For Bb cornet and Eb Horn with piano accompaniment, this is serious music so, though it is fairly easy, juniors might not like it much. Good for concerts and contests.
Duration: 3 minutes.

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"Were I Like a Monarch to Reign" by Samuel Webbe arr. James Moule
For Bb instruments with piano accompaniment, this short piece is suitable for junior contests. Comfortably pitched but enabling players to demonstrate dynamic contrast.
Duration: 1'30".

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"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" Christmas carol arr. Derek Moule
Unaccompanied duet for brass of similar pitch. Easy. Duration: 22 seconds.

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"What Did You Expect?" by James Moule
Novelty duet for beginners, based on the solo version on this site. Scored for two Bb cornets. A Part 2 for Eb Horn is provided. With piano accompaniment.
Duration: 1'30".

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"When I Know That Thou Art Near Me" by Franz Abt
Scored for Bb cornet and baritone, trombone or euphonium, this sentimental song is suitable for intermediate players with some maturity. Comfortably pitched.
Duration: 2'30".

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