Otanitso for Violin and Cello duet

A fun and different take on Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Great for Weddings and Recitals


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This duet was written as my first experiment in bitonality. The title of the piece is simply an inversion of the word “ostinato.” The beginning ostinato in the cello is a rhythmic diminution of the famous Pachelbel Canon in D. To make it a little more distinct, it is also written in d natural minor. The contrasting melodic material is set in Bb major. I find that this triadic relationship makes for pleasing and interesting combinations of dissonances and consonances.

Violin and Cello Duet
Advanced Intermediate
Approx 3:00

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