As a musical gesture of sympathy towards the current financial problems, we present the first modern edition of the Duo Economique by Christian Ernst Graaf, calling for two players, four hands and two bows but only one violin.
Performer’s note The first violinist holds the violin and bows near the bridge, playing, for the most part, in third position (or higher) on the upper two strings; the second stands behind and bows nearer the fingerboard, playing in first position on the lower two (occasionally three) strings.
This work offers a tempting 'two for one' deal for the current economic recession and is just the kind of repertoire with which a student of intermediate level can experiment in the company of a very close friend. Indeed, this Duo Economique could soon develop into a Duo Romantique! (The Consort, Summer 2010)
Facsimile and score