Duet Music
The British Grenadiers

Duet music "The British Grenadiers" for piano, free!  Your students will recognize this catchy fife-and-drum tune if they have ever watched a movie with British Redcoats in it anywhere.

This particular military tune is used A LOT in movies: Just a few that I have seen myself in which this duet music is featured are Horatio Hornblower, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Italian Job, The Patriot, Pride & Prejudice 2005,  Diamonds Are Forever, and Patton.



Like many older tunes, there may be variations on the melody.  This is my favorite version, with separate pages for primo and secondo:

Duet music for piano students, British Grenadiers!

Download primo part of British Grenadiers duet

The secondo requires some understanding of chord inversions.  Practice with those inversion fingerings is helpful, too:

Duet music British Grenadiers secondo

Download secondo of piano duet music British Grenadiers

Below is the more crowded arrangement I have had up on this page for several years... I decided that it is just too confusing for young players to pick out the primo part with all those competing staffs!  However, this version might be handy for older players and also teachers:

duet music for piano British Grenadiers


Download free piano duet sheet music The British Grenadiers 

Like Garry Owen, another duet on this site, the setting of this duet music is like a choral piece, or a band director's score.  I wrote it this way so I could hear it re-played on my computer (and check accuracy).  It is a new experience for my students, but great practice reading scores.  

Please be aware that in the Primo, the student's thumbs do NOT go together, but are side-by-side.  There are a couple of tricky spots to read, where the eighth notes are flagged instead of beamed together, but this is an opportunity for you to explain to your students (as I have done) that flagged eighths and beamed eighths are just the same!  And the limitations of computers (or, perhaps, HUMANS) are such that I couldn't figure out how to make my computer program beam together the eighth notes in the two different staffs.

The Secondo has some tricky spots but should not be too hard, if your student has ever done chord inversions.  The "drumming" rhythm that keeps popping up in the duet music sounds like a flourish, and is fun!





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