These duets were written in the summer of 1991 while performing at a festival in Flagstaff, Arizona. I had written a set of concert duets a few years before and wanted to write a set of duets more suitable to the studio or to be played among friends. I had always enjoyed playing duets with my colleagues, students, and teachers, and wanted to add something to that repertoire.
All the duets are short and can be played from a single part. Six of the seven are written in binary form with two sets of repeats. One of the enjoyable things to do with binary duets is to change parts at the repeat, and these duets are constructed so the players can do that.
There is no real emotional plan for these pieces other than to contrast moods. They are meant to be played for enjoyment. With only a couple of adaptations, they could also be performed by two cellos, or cello and double bass.