"Duet For Two Cats" is often performed as an encore to vocal recitals and operatic galas. It may be sung by two sopranos, male-female pairs, or even as a tomcat duet and can be accompanied by a piano or a full orchestra. The lyrics are simple; the single word 'Miaow', repeated with various styles of inflexion and attitude throughout the piece. Our arrangement is for a cornet and trombone. The piece is generally ascribed to Rossini, though there is some doubt as to its actual origins and whether it is an authentic work by that composer. It is believed that an English composer, Robert Lucas Pearsall under the pseudonym G. Berthold may have assembled the various elements from Rossini and perhaps other composers into the piece as we now know it. In order to achieve the correct balance between band and soloists, there is a need to mute most of the band instruments. Recognising that not all bands will have the larger mutes which are expensive and sometimes unwieldy, we suggest a form of muting made famous by a jazz trumpeter and which works well on most instruments. It consists of a circle of heat resistant padded table covering or felt, slightly larger than the bell diameter, with an elasticated edge like a 'mop-hat'. With 3 holes in it to let the sound out, the mute is then simply stretched over the bell to achieve the desired effect and folded up when not required.
(Piano Accompaniment arr. F. Wright)Estimated delivery 12-14 days
Made popular by many singers over the years, this lovely song was first arranged for the Childs brothers as a solo, and later a duet, by Alan Catherall. It was first performed in the duet version at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October 1985, conducted by their late father, John Childs. Also available with piano Brass Band Set comprises: Detailed condensed conductor score Solo B-flat Euphonium B-flat Euphonium Duet (2) E-flat Soprano Cornet Solo B-flat Cornet (4) 2nd B-flat Cornet (2) 3rd B-flat Cornet (2) B-flat Flugelhorn* Solo E-flat Horn* 1st E-flat Horn* 2nd E-flat Horn 1st B-flat Baritone 2nd B-flat Baritone 1st B-flat Trombone 2nd B-flat Trombone Bass Trombone B-flat Euphonium (2) E-flat Bass (2) B-flat Bass (2) 1st Percussion 2nd Percussion 3rd Percussion (Drum Kit) * Alternative parts for use as solo or duet provided. There is no Repiano Cornet part.Estimated delivery 7-10 days