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A good piano duet piece #521183
08/31/08 08:53 PM
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Hey everybody!

first time poster, long time peruse-er. if that's even a word. this forum's awesome laugh

so today, I was talking to a friend on the phone. he and his girlfriend's one year anniversary is coming up, and he wants to learn a duet piece for her. he wants me to teach him and play with him smile . im honored, to say the least.

so he's currently looking for a piece, and i want to help him, but unfortunately i have no experience in searching for specific genres. so i wanted to ask you guys for help. i need a song that is appropriate for an anniversary type thing (no funeral marches :rolleyes: ), and something that is a duet, and something that sounds really nice, while still being pretty easy.

we have until the end of october. as far as skill level, I can play mozart's turkish march, but i am willing to learn something harder if it sounds good and my friend likes it.

thanks so much!

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Re: A good piano duet piece #521184
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Try Moszkowsky's Spanish Dances, op. 12. They are good beginner pieces. I think you will have to aim for the skill level, rather than a specific theme for the music.


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Re: A good piano duet piece #521185
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Brahms' Op. 39 waltzes for four hands and Op. 65 waltzes for four hands are very appropriate for this situation, I believe. The Op. 65 are easy and, in essence, "love songs" (New Liebeslieder). The Op. 39 are about as difficult and also very beautiful (e.g. the famous #15). Brahms' Op. 52 Liebeslieder Waltzes for four hands are pretty easy as well although I don't particularly like them as much. wink

If these are too easy, I suggest looking at Debussy's Six épigraphes antiques for four hands #2 or, dare I say more Brahms by suggesting, Hungarian Dances 7, 9, and 16.

Cheers!


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Re: A good piano duet piece #521186
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Two pianos or four hands? There is a delightful arrangement of the Debussy "Golliwog's Cakewalk" which I have for four hands.


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Again, people are posting responses to messages on the board that show that they have not really thought about the original question. This seems to be a systemic problem with this board. Many regulars seem to assume that every poster is ready to play Alkan, Godowsky, Scriabin, etc.

So may I ask a very basic question? Can your friend play at all? You've told us that you can play the Mozart A minor "Turkish" rondo, but nothing about the other person. In my mind, you're starting at a relatively basic level yourself; unless he has some real training, you might be on a fool's errand here.

Somehow I don't see you playing Brahms four hand pieces unless you've been hiding your light under a basket.

Re: A good piano duet piece #521188
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Originally posted by wdot:
Again, people are posting responses to messages on the board that show that they have not really thought about the original question. This seems to be a systemic problem with this board. Many regulars seem to assume that every poster is ready to play Alkan, Godowsky, Scriabin, etc.

So may I ask a very basic question? Can your friend play at all? You've told us that you can play the Mozart A minor "Turkish" rondo, but nothing about the other person. In my mind, you're starting at a relatively basic level yourself; unless he has some real training, you might be on a fool's errand here.

Somehow I don't see you playing Brahms four hand pieces unless you've been hiding your light under a basket.
Some of the Op. 65 waltzes are about the simplest duet pieces you'll ever find... and, if his friend is about the same level as he is, I doubt he'll have much problem with it.

I just wanted to let them know what was out there. I didn't think they would be playing the Hungarian Dances but I just wanted to tell them for the future.


Bach - WTC I in C major & C minor (BWV 846-847)
Mozart - Sonata K 282
Chopin - Polonaises Op 26
Schumann - Fantasiestücke Op 12
Re: A good piano duet piece #521189
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Originally posted by wdot:
Again, people are posting responses to messages on the board that show that they have not really thought about the original question. This seems to be a systemic problem with this board. Many regulars seem to assume that every poster is ready to play Alkan, Godowsky, Scriabin, etc.

So may I ask a very basic question? Can your friend play at all? You've told us that you can play the Mozart A minor "Turkish" rondo, but nothing about the other person. In my mind, you're starting at a relatively basic level yourself; unless he has some real training, you might be on a fool's errand here.

Somehow I don't see you playing Brahms four hand pieces unless you've been hiding your light under a basket.
Some of the Op. 65 waltzes are about the simplest duet pieces you'll ever find... and, if his friend is about the same level as he is, I doubt he'll have much problem with it.

I just wanted to let them know what was out there. I didn't think they would be playing the Hungarian Dances but I just wanted to tell them for the future.


Bach - WTC I in C major & C minor (BWV 846-847)
Mozart - Sonata K 282
Chopin - Polonaises Op 26
Schumann - Fantasiestücke Op 12
Re: A good piano duet piece #521190
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Originally posted by wdot:
Again, people are posting responses to messages on the board that show that they have not really thought about the original question. This seems to be a systemic problem with this board. Many regulars seem to assume that every poster is ready to play Alkan, Godowsky, Scriabin, etc.

So may I ask a very basic question? Can your friend play at all? You've told us that you can play the Mozart A minor "Turkish" rondo, but nothing about the other person. In my mind, you're starting at a relatively basic level yourself; unless he has some real training, you might be on a fool's errand here.

Somehow I don't see you playing Brahms four hand pieces unless you've been hiding your light under a basket.
Hey, I didn't touch the Liszt Norma or Faust Symphony, as tempting as it was! No one mentioned anything very involved.


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Re: A good piano duet piece #521191
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How about Ralph Federer's Scarlet Cape? [Linked Image]
You might find it easy yet still very fun and exciting.

Here's a video of a friend playing it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGChZFWnzus


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Originally posted by BDB:
Try Moszkowsky's Spanish Dances, op. 12. They are good beginner pieces. I think you will have to aim for the skill level, rather than a specific theme for the music.
I'm not sure what you mean by "beginner pieces" when you refer to the Moszkowski Spanish Dances, Op. 12. "Beginner" in what sense?

While they certainly are not difficult pieces of the duet literature, I don't think of them as "beginner pieces."

And, yes, we still don't know anything about the skill level of "the other."

Regards,


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Beginner in the sense of "within the capabilities of two pianists of moderate ability who have never played duets before."

Sometimes some of these dances are included in early piano teaching literature as a first duet, as an introduction to ensemble playing.


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I recommend "Walz" from Anton Arensky's "Six Childrens' pieces" and as second piece "The Cockoo" from the same album.

If they feel easy, then you can play with even more musicality! They are really beautiful if well played. Not for children only!


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