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This delightful musical tour of 20 countries offers a wide variety of styles, in the form of fun and challenging duets of varying difficulty. Each piece imitates the music of local traditional styles, with some more caricature than true pastiche. Egypt, for example, is written in the style often used by western films and video games to suggest desert landscapes. Other countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria, are written as more faithful representations of traditional folk music and dances. These duets make great little concert pieces, and would also work well for GCSE and A level ensemble performances.
Need a duet partner? Play-along videos with the bassoonist Catriona McDermid are available to download. Click here to go to the Play-Along page!
1. China 2. Egypt 3. Trinidad and Tabago 4. Norway 5. Switzerland
6. Brazil 7. Argentina 8. Czechia 9. Russia 10. Ireland
11. Great Britain 12. U.S.A 13. Spain 14. Italy 15. Mexico
16. Azerbaijan 17. Cuba 18. Hungary 19. D.R. Congo 20. Bulgaria
Grading: 3 to 8
Composer: Pugh, A.
Instrumentation: Bassoon Duet: 2 Bsns,
Listen to a sample: