I was inspired to create this suite after the horrendous Paris attacks in 2015, to show our solidarity with French, and love for their music. I originally made an arrangement for string orchestra designed to be played by groups on different ability levels.  This arrangement for two violins is intended for very advanced students, skilled amateurs, or professionals. I have not included any fingerings so as to leave this to the artistic choice of each performer. The arrangement includes seven selections: Bizet’s Carmen and L'Arésienne, Alouette, Frère Jacques, Offenbach’s Can-Can, Debussy’s Clair de Lune and La Marseillaise (French National Anthem) by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle. There are also brief quotes from Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, and Schumann's Two Grenadiers. The entire suite is approximately eight minutes in length. Score and parts are included. Interchangeable with arrangements for  two violas and two cellos. 

French Suite for Two Violins


    Sheila Santa, Professional Violinist

    Columbus and Lima, Ohio

    Thank you. It is a lovely arrangement!

    Cathy Stevens, Director

    Panama City Youth Orchestra, Florida

    LOVE your product! It's going to be a huge help in programming for our mixed level group. 

    Marcella Trentacosti, Youth Concert Orchestra Conductor

    Fort Wayne, Indiana

    "The arrangements by Steven Kruse are wonderful! I love how the arrangements include all levels! My beginners really enjoyed being part of the string orchestra!"

    Alicia Tremmel, Director of Orchestras

    Mansfield Public Schools, Mansfield, Ohio

    "Absolutely LOVE IT! It will be so perfect. I will have all my students 3-12 play it. I am so excited to get started on it. It will be perfect and I think I will make it the finale for the concert. Thank you so much!"

    Mark Mutter, Executive Director, Suzuki Royal Oak

    Royal Oak, Michigan

    "Thank you so much for all of this music.

    The arrangement looks awesome I can’t wait to start it next week."


    Toledo Symphony School of Music

    Toledo, Ohio

    "Thank you Dr. Kruse for your wonderful arrangements!"

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