This collection contains contrasting works of French, English, Italian, Russian, German, Danish, and Czechoslovakian composers. Where the foreign language is unfamiliar, or the text is of secondary importance, translations have been provided. In other instances, the original as well as the English version has been included. The translations have been kept simple, singable, and faithful to the original texts, as far as possible.
These duets maybe sung by any combination of voices which can negotiate the vocal range involved. The upper part is rarely above G, while the lower part lies easily within the range of the middle voice. Where the second part is more suitable for a male voice, it has been written in the bass-clef. Many of the duets lend themselves to group-singing quite as readily as to two solo voices.