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#1399615 - 03/19/10 10:03 PM One piano, four hands recommendations?  
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My cousin and I would like to try some 'One piano, Four hands' pieces but don't know what to try.

We both play at roughly intermediate level. Early intermediated might be a good place to start so we wouldn't both have to practice everything for a year before we could play the pieces together.

Any recommendations for books or pieces that would be fun to play with someone else?


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#1399620 - 03/19/10 10:10 PM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: Roger Ransom]  
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I think most people would mention pieces by Schubert and maybe Mozart, and those are fine ....but IMO the best and neatest 4-hand pieces for people at your level are:

Moszkowski's "Spanish Dances" (I think there are 5)

I put it in "quotes" not just because it's a title, but because they're not really very "Spanish." smile
But they're a lot of fun, and not too hard.

Here's #1......and you can easily find the others on youtube too.



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#1399640 - 03/19/10 10:30 PM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: Roger Ransom]  
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P.S. We also do want to hear about the Schubert and Mozart pieces, not to mention maybe some Brahms...... smile

#1399865 - 03/20/10 09:39 AM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: Mark_C]  
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As far as the level goes, if the piece is graded for a duet, then it is usually easier than the difficulty of a corresponding solo piece.

Next question would be: do you want to play classical or not?

Classical:
Here's a book with a lot of easy duets: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/44-Original-Piano-Duets/1899936

Mostly Classical:
Weekly and Arganbright has a series of duet books through the KJOS publishing company. Here's a link to all the books they publish through them:
http://www.kjos.com/sub_section.php?division=5&series=123
This is mostly classical, but there are some Joplin Rags in this list.

Non classical:
There is quite a bit of good teaching literature out there for duets:
Robert Vandall: Celebrated Piano Duet series and Celebrated Christmas Duet series
Catherine Rollins: Dances for Two Books 1 & 2
Eugene Rocherolle: The Way We Danced and other duet books
Martha Meier: Jazz Rags & Blues for Two series

There are plenty of single duet pieces by the above composers that would be fun to check out. Some of them are intermediate level concerto's.

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#1400036 - 03/20/10 02:39 PM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: DragonPianoPlayer]  
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Mozart, Haydn and Brahms are great, but can be quite difficult. Right now I'm working on Poulenc's Sonata for Piano Four Hands. It's relatively easy and looks really impressive. wink

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Laideronnete by Ravel

#1400188 - 03/20/10 07:08 PM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: Roger Ransom]  
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Thanks a lot folks.

We're going to buy a couple of these and get started. My piano teacher when I was a teenager (I'm 76 now so it was a few years ago) played some duets with me and I recall it being great fun.


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#1401858 - 03/23/10 07:59 AM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: Roger Ransom]  
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"Hearts and Souls" (or something like that : )} is fun with two and I also remember years ago trying to play "Silouettes" with my sister.

Here's a good one if you two play by ear some....it gets particularly do-able around 5:20 on the clock:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuP2ED8RZrI


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#1402167 - 03/23/10 04:12 PM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: Rerun]  
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Vandall Viva Vivaldi, and Haydn Maestro O Scolare (Master and Student) are fun.

#1402308 - 03/23/10 09:18 PM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: frida11]  
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me and Augustina play alot of duets from Alfreds duet books. Those are easier and more towards early intermediate duets. I think we have alfreds piano duet books level 1,2, and 3. 3 is probably around intermediate or maybe its level 4 smile ANyway check it out if you want! They are all one piano with 4 hands smile


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One of my favourite pieces for 4 hands, both for playing and listening, is Schubert's Marche Militaire. Rather easy to play, and good entertainment for your audience.


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#1402426 - 03/24/10 12:48 AM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: ChatNoir]  
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I played the first half of the first movement of the Beethoven duet last year at our annual Winter ensemble recital in my teacher's studio.

I believe it's in the book mentioned above.

It's Beethoven, Op. 6
Here's one amateur YouTube performance I listened to quite a bit when I was learning it.
And here's Lang Lang (very fast!).

It's a nice piece. Not too bad for intermediate and you do get to work on arpeggios.


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#1402740 - 03/24/10 12:38 PM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: cscl]  
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Rachmaninov Op 6 looks like fun... we're starting it this week, so I'll let you know smile
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There you have Ravel's Laideronnette .

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#1403050 - 03/24/10 08:44 PM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: Roger Ransom]  
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Thanks again. We're starting with the Moszkowski's "Spanish Dances" because they appear to be within our level (we'll see).

I wrote down all the other suggestions here and if we do OK we'll get some of those.

I love it.


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#1403463 - 03/25/10 11:55 AM Re: One piano, four hands recommendations? [Re: Roger Ransom]  
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Ack! I meant "Rachmaninov Op 11", which consists of 6 smaller pieces--my apologies (I can't seem to edit my post)
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