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#495943 - 12/20/04 05:28 AM Tip on a piece for four hands
Kenneth G Offline
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Hi piano lovers!

I have just met a new girlfriend :3hearts: who also like to play the piano like me. We have been talking about how funny it would be to play a piece for four hands since we havenīt done that before.

Is it someone who can recommend a piece for four hands that isnīt to hard??

Regards
Kenneth G

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#495944 - 12/20/04 06:05 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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To get it started try one of the best:

Schubert Fantasie in F minor.

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#495945 - 12/20/04 07:44 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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Some of the Slavonic Dances by Dvorak are great.
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#495946 - 12/20/04 08:09 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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KennethG, here's a link to the index of CDSheetMusic's "Duets" album. I don't think it specifies which are 4hand, 88 keys and which are 4 hands 176 keys, but it is a pretty extensive list of what has been written.


http://www.cdsheetmusic.com/pianoduetstoc.html


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#495947 - 12/20/04 08:30 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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Mozart has some good 4-hand pieces, and lots of people have recommended Faure's "Dolly Suite," although I've never played it.

Faure\'s Dolly Suite

Mozart Works for Four Hands

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#495948 - 12/20/04 09:03 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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The Schubert Fantasy is pretty difficult, both musically and technically. I wouldn't start with it. You might look into Weber's 4-hand pieces, the earlier Mozart sonatas, Moszkowski's Spanish Dances, Schumann's Pictures from the East, and arrangements of Haydn's Symphonies to start.
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#495949 - 12/20/04 09:27 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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I recommend the Moszkowski Spanish Dances if you're beginner-intermediate. They don't have a lot of musical substance (the're bon-bons), but they are great fun to play!

More in the just fun category are the 4-hand versions of some of Leroy Anderson's music, like "Sleigh Ride," "Fiddle Faddle," and "Blue Tango." They're corny and campy, but much fun if your primary goal is to have fun rather than to make "great music."
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#495950 - 12/20/04 10:36 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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The Poulenc 4-hand sonata.

(You have to cross arms a lot, so it's a good flirt piece!)

Also not too hard, in C Major, and great fun to play.
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#495951 - 12/20/04 11:10 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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I just did Ravel's mother goose suite recently, and it is a great piece, and not very difficult either.

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#495952 - 12/20/04 11:17 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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There's some Brahms waltzes for 4 hands, not all that challenging.
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#495953 - 12/20/04 11:17 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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Yes, the Ravel and Debussy Petite Suite are pieces that can be done pretty early on. Faure's Dolly and Bizet's Children's Games are a bit more difficult.
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#495954 - 12/20/04 11:17 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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Originally posted by Kreisler:
(You have to cross arms a lot, so it's a good flirt piece!)
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#495955 - 12/20/04 08:02 PM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
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The best flirt piece is Der Leierdreher by W. F. E. Bach for 6 hands. The man sits between the two women and plays the outside parts.
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#495956 - 12/21/04 01:21 AM Re: Tip on a piece for four hands
Kenneth G Offline
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Thanks to all of you who have answered. Got a lot of tips here so I shall look in to it and will get back to you and tell you the result.

A merry christmas to all of you!

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