Excerpt Duet Based on Mendelssohn, Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Following up on last Friday’s post, here’s another instructional duet, this time based on the Nocturne movement from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As with the Brahms Symphony No. 3 duet, the solo part is in the original transposition, with the second part for Horn in F. This time the duo part is based on the second bassoon part, and it should be noted that this passage is really a trio for the horn and both bassoons. In fact, it might be worth creating another duo or trio incorporating the first bassoon part. If you have only two players though (as is usually the case in a private lesson), this duet can be useful in developing good intonation and rhythm on this important excerpt.  Click the link below to download the PDF.

Mendelssohn Nocturne Duet

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When you get a dozen-or-so of these you should compile and submit them to the IHS Online Music Library.


I just tried this with a student–works great! The only issue is that my brain has become so accustomed to thinking of this music in E that I had to fight my instinct to transpose the already-transposed accompaniment part, haha.


Hey Daren,

Glad you like the duets! Yeah, it’s a little disconcerting to read the duet part in F and the solo part in the original key. Any suggestions for other solos that might benefit from having a duo part added?



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