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Two Pianos Essentials

F. Chopin: Rondo in C major for two pianos, Op. posth. 73

Despite its high opus number, this Rondo was written by Chopin when he was only a 18years old student at the Warsaw Conservatory. He rearranged it for two pianos, four hands, the same year, but it was not published until after his death. The rondo is written in a brilliant and glittering style. 

C. Debussy: "Prélude à L'après-midi d'un faune"

These nymphs I would make last.

So rare

Their rose lightness arches in the air,

Torpid with tufted sleep.

I loved: a dream?

My doubt, thick with ancient night, it seems

Drawn up in subtle branches, ah, that leave

The true trees, proof that I alone have heaved

For triumph in the roses' ideal folds.

Debussy was inspired in writing his composition by the symbolist poem 'L'après-midi d'un faune' by Stéphane Mallarmé, which was particularly popular in impressionist circles. The poem, which tells about a faun and its daydreams on a sultry afternoon, had also been put on canvas by the painter Édouard Manet.

F. Poulenc concerto for two piano's and orchestra in d-minor (version for two piano's by composer)

Francis Poulenc was the leading composer of Les Six, the French group devoted to turning music away from impressionism, formality, and intellectualism. 

Poulenc's two-piano concerto is a delightful confection, written with apparent ease and obvious joy over the summer of 1932. It is a work of sparkling transparency, filled with crystalline piano writing, and scored with a keen ear for achieving brilliance and bite with an orchestra of classical proportions. 

S. Rachmaninov Vocalise Op. 34 Nr. 4 (arr. for two piano's N. Schreiber)

Recognized in the world music literature as one of the best cantilena, this touching composition is so beautiful that it leaves no one indifferent, and its magical sound, against their will, makes the listeners mentally take off and soar serenely in the sky.

The composer loved the family estate of his wife Natalia, because the childhood and adolescence spent there left only bright memories in his soul. The simple village life inspired the composer very much. Summer for him was a time of creativity, and therefore he composed the best works in Ivanovka, his composing laboratory. That year the muse inspired Rachmaninoff to create chamber vocal miniatures. Romances from under his pen came out one after another every day. So, fourteen pieces, the last of which was "Vocalise".

S. Rachmaninov suite Nr. 2 Op. 17

Written at the end of the work on the second piano concerto, was conceived by Rachmaninoff as a brilliant, effective concert piece. Excellent mastery of texture, skill and brilliance of "instrumentation" are combined in it with the brightness of musical images and completeness of form. The suite is a four-part cycle, the individual parts of which bear different genre designations. However, they are so widely developed and arranged in such a harmonious sequence that this gives the whole cycle a symphonic scale.

Two Pianos Essentials

Two Pianos Essentials

Two Pianos Essentials

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