“Récréation” and “divertissement” – relaxation and entertainment: those were the popular catchwords applied in the 19th century to arrangements of well-known and much loved pieces. They allowed larger scored compositions to find their way into the parlour or music lessons. The 26 duets in this volume are mostly taken from 19th-century tutors, though some have also been prepared by the editor. They include popular melodies by Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, Weber, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann and Chopin. These moderately difficult duets are suitable for ambitious beginners. The second part is generally played by the teacher.