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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Piano Duets, Anyone? Four Hands at 1 or 2 Pianos

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - Library Treasures

The Whittaker Library has a huge collection of piano duet music, for two pianists at one piano, or at two pianos.

Take a look at what we've got - it's really quite something. Piano duet competitions are perhaps not as common these days as they used to be, which is a shame.  Perhaps it's partly because more people played piano duets when recorded music wasn't as readily available.  Playing a piano reduction of an orchestral piece gave you the chance to hear it for yourself, and in a way, to get inside the workings of the composition.

Piano concertos in two-piano reductions are still a useful way to practice in the early stages of learning new repertoire, too.

So come on, piano duos - what are you waiting for?

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