My father's been quite ill and we've been looking for ways to keep his mind off the discomfort he's in. He generally doesnt sing very much but sings marvelously when he does, so today we started singing together—he, I, my brother on the guitar, and my mum humming along tentatively :). It was lovely; we all enjoyed it, and we'd like to do it more. I'm looking for duet suggestions—more details inside. [more inside]
My singing partner and I like adventurous music with tricky harmonies. She sings soprano and plays mandolin, I sing alto and play guitar/banjo. We can harmonize by ear, create harmonies as needed, play with arrangements. We like traditional musics, though not exclusively. What music can you suggest for us to try? (Some examples below the fold.) [more inside]
A song came up on shuffle for me the other day (We Had It Right, by Nellie McKay and kd lang) and listening to it I think the thing I really enjoy about is the interplay between the alto and soprano voices of the singers. Anyone else know of any other pop music duets that share this characteristic? [more inside]
Can anyone help me track down this factoid (if it's even true)? Way before podcasts existed, I remember hearing a radio host or music pundit call Barbra Streisand a career annihilator (though I think he had a catchier name for it). He claimed that she held a unique position in pop music: that every number-one charting artist who released a duet with her a) saw that duet reach number 1 on the charts, and b) never had another number 1 hit again. I have never been able to find this statement again anywhere. [more inside]
Looking for songs that tell a story, specifically songs that feature both male and female vocals. [more inside]
What pre-1985 (approx) song can my husband and I perform on karaoke night? [more inside]
Help me make a romantic playlist! I'm looking for quirky boy-girl duets that are sweet but with rough edges. [more inside]
One of my favorite classical pieces is Couperin's 'Leçons de Ténèbres', as featured here. It's basically a French female duet from the late baroque period. Any suggestions on more pieces in this vein, ideally from roughly the same time period?
Music: Looking for examples of a kind of duet where both people sing different lyrics to different, complimentary melodies at the same time throughout; one gets louder and one quieter periodically, switching sometimes, with the quieter one essentially acting as the louder one's backing instrument. [more inside]
Help me find this male/female duet that goes something like "Some day soon I'm gonna get away and you'll be sorry". [more inside]
In the movie Amadeus, what is the piano duet played by Salieri and Emperor Joseph? [more inside]
Celine Dion and Elvis - the duet - on last night's "Idol Gives Back". Oh pity please, how was it done? I've tried every combination I can on google/technorati.
What are some good duets? [more inside]
I'm looking for something pretty specific, but not all that bizarre: Downloadable sheet music (say, PDFs or GIFs) of duets (public-domain music) for two soprano recorders. Where? [more inside]
Seeking violin and piano duets, preferably old recordings. [more inside]