Gitaar Duetten – Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

GITAAR DUETTEN by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Arranged from flute duets by Eugene den Hoed, Muziekuitgeverij Iduna v.o.f. 27pp plus CD. Eleven Baroque dances here, arranged from flute duets by the prolific French composer de Boismortier (1689-1755). They lend themselves well to transcriptiod for two guitars, and the result is effective and enjoyable, requiring a level from around grade two to grade five. The arranger consistently gives the higher part to guitar one, sometimes thinly harmonised, with the lower part taking the bulk of the harmony, often playing in two parts. The lines frequently run in parallel thirds and there is plenty of interest in each part with imitation and suggested ornamentation. Doucement , in C major, is straightforward to put together with an attractive melody. Sauteuse is lively with imitation and the two Tambourins are stylistic and mostly homophonic. The Rondeau is more challenging in its running quavers and semiquavers requiring accurate articulation from both players and I particularly liked the characterful Menuets, in C major and C minor. This very well presented volume contains a useful amount of rewarding and unusual material, suitable for intermediate duos. Linda Kelsall-Barnett – Classical Guitar, december 2007