Six Grand Duets
SMC B539/ HL 3770884
These 6 duets by mid-19th century clarinet virtuoso Ernesto Cavallini were dedicated to his friend and composer Saverio Mercadante, whose harmonies and modulations influenced the collection. Compared to Cavallini's earlier "Grand Artistic Duets", these six are more advanced in both their musical sophistication and technical demands, and they rank at the very top of his large musical output. In order to make this edition more accessible, editor David Hite has presented the the duets in score format instead of the original separate parts, measure numbers have been added, the engraving style has been updated, and various markings have been added as suggestions for stylistic interpretation.