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Piano duetlocked

  • Frank Dawes

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Piano duets are of two kinds: those for two players at one instrument, and those in which each of the two pianists has an instrument to him- or herself. Although the one-piano duet has the larger repertory, it has come to be regarded as a modest, essentially domestic branch of music compared with the more glamorous two-piano duet. The reason probably lies in the fact that the comparatively cramped position of two players at one keyboard inhibits an element of virtuoso display possible to pianists with the complete range of the keyboard at their disposal. Schubert was the one great composer to write extensively for the medium, although many composers, from Mozart to Ligeti, have added important works and a wide range of entertaining pieces....

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