Rare 1800s Violin/Cello Duos

In the late 1970s I acquired two bound volumes of duos for violin and cello. As a cellist, I was attracted to them since they were “duos concertante”, with the cello part equal to the violin part. There were 58 duos, with all the violin parts bound in one volume, and all the cello parts in the other. 

If you are looking for duos by J. B. Bréval, please look at that category There are so many in this collection that I pulled them into their own category to make search these other composers more productive.


The composers of these duos are Ignaz Pleyel, J. B. Breval, Robert Lindley, Karl S. Schonebeck, H. A. Hoffmann, [Bernhard?] Romberg, C. F. Eley, Antoine Kraft and A. Betts. As far as I can tell, only the Romberg and one Hoffmann duo exist in modern editions.


I am offering many (but not all) of these duos in both facsimiles of the original (no scores were printed) and new performing editions by myself with scores and parts done on Finale. These editions will attempt to correct errors, resolve inconsistencies in dynamics, articulations, bowings, etc. However I will not supply such markings where there is no reason to do so, leaving that to the whim of the performers.

Facsimiles of duos for which no modern edition is contemplated will also be available by special order; see above list of composers and contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for complete list of specific compositions.


Read more in this article from the April 2015 issue of Strings.

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Duos for Vln/Cello or 2 Violins

Betts: Duet for Violin and Cello, Op. 5, No. 1 in C Major

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Betts: Duet for Violin and Cello, Op. 5, No. 2 in E-flat Major

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Dotzauer: Op. 44, No. 1, Duo Concertant In B-Flat Major for Two Violins

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Dotzauer: Op. 44, No. 2, Duo Concertant in D Major for Two Violins

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Dotzauer: Op. 44, No. 3, Duo Concertant in B Minor for Two Violins (ca. 1822)

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Eley: Duett for Violin and Cello, Op. 1, No. 3, A Major

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Hoffmann: Duo Concertans for Violin and Cello, Op. 5, No. 1, in C Major

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Kraft: Grand Duo Concertante for Violin and Cello in D Minor, Op. 3, No. 1

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Kraft: Grand Duo Concertante for Violin and Cello, Op. 3, No. 2, in F Major

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Kraft: Grand Duo Concertante for Violin and Cello, Op. 3, No. 3, in C Major

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Lindley: Duett for Violin and Cello, Op. 5, No. 2 in E-Flat Major

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Lindley: Duett for Violin and Cello, Op. 5, No. 3 in G Major

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Lindley: Duett for Violin and Cello, Op. 12, No. 1 in F Minor

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