Haldon Duo

A Musical Duologue

Lindsay Braga (violin/piano) and Andrew Gillett (violin/viola/piano) of the Haldon Quartet take the audience behind the scenes of their duet music. They present pieces to show how the duet forms the basis of dialogue and interaction in chamber music, and they talk about their approach and the things they consider when preparing a piece for performance..

Example Programme

Telemann – Fantasia (dolce) TWV 40:20 for solo viola

J.S. Bach – Partita in D minor (Allemande) for solo violin

Telemann – Canonic sonata No 5 (Scherzando)

J.S. Bach – Crab Canon from A Musical Offering

J.S. Bach – Prelude from the Wohltemperierte Klavier (No. 17)

J.S. Bach – Sonatina from Cantata 106 (Actus Tragicus) – arr. for piano duet

Mozart – Duo no 1 in Gmaj K 423 – Allegro, Adagio, Rondeau


Bartok duo – to be chosen by an audience member (displayed on a screen so the process of learning can be discussed)

Elgar – Sospiri op.70, for viola and piano

Martinu – 1st Madrigal, for violin and viola, Poco Allegro

Massenet – Méditation from Thaïs, for violin and piano

Benedikt Brydern – 3 pieces from Bebop for Beagles: Hoover’s Holiday. Roosevelt’s Sun Shower. Bebop for Beagles

Mozart – Duo no 1 in Gmaj K 423 – Allegro, Adagio, Rondeau

A great success, with nice, talented musicians doing exactly the kind of thing we aim at as a section. 

It is such a pleasure watching musicians really enjoy their music.

 Well done all for organising this, it was really enjoyable and informative, even to a Jazz fan!

Thoroughly enjoyed it! Very engaging musicians.

Devonshire Association Committee Members (Music section) 23rd Sept 22

Not only was the music superb but you also drew attention to a number of things that I found I was thinking of later. 

 The solo items, quiet moments, and use of candles at the beginning, drew the audience in to the time and place immediately, leaving the busyness of the world outside behind. The contrast of the two halves illustrated how music reflects the life and times of any historical period, the lives of the composers, their audience and patrons, and their influences, naturally reflects the world as they were experiencing it. With the Telemann and Bach to open and Bebop for Beagles to close, centuries had been crossed. The audience focussed in a gentle, thought-provoking way at the beginning, and must have all been smiling at the picture of the beagles, as they left. 

The research and work that you undertook preparing for this Musical Duologue was apparent and greatly appreciated. The way in which you presented the information and played was perfect. From the way that you spoke, it seemed as if you had enjoyed the research and preparation, I hope this is so. 

Jacqueline Patten

Devonshire Association - 23rd Sept 22