sheet.music  piano.4hands.2pianos
Op. 30 | Two-Movement Concerto for Band & Orchestra (without brass). Published: No Recorded by: piaNA duo (Natsuki Nishimoto & Asuka Matsumoto) for 4 hands. Additional info: practise score Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: n/a Op. 49 | Sinfonietta for Piano 4 Hands   This    piece    should    really    have    been    designated opus   49a,   because   it   is   merely   a   four   hand   piano     arrangement   of   an   orchestral   piece   Op.   49   (with the   same   name).   Both   versions   were   composed in   1986,      with   the   piano   version   serving   a   purely pragmatic   purpose:   to   be   performed   at   the   USSR Ministry    of    Culture    in    front    of    a    commission composed   of   distinguished   Soviet   composers   and musicologists.   After   a      performance   by   me   and   a female   friend   of   mine,   one   of   the   members   of   the commission   remarked   that      Kapustin   created   a hybrid   of   Rossini   and   Russian   folklore.   Well,   such a   hybrid   is   hardly   new:   Igor      Stravinsky   once   said that     Mikhail     Glinka     is     the     "Russian     Rossini." Curiously,      the      original      title      of      this      work, "Divertimento,"    was    deemed    too    frivolous    by    a Ministry   employee   who   also   suggested   its   present name.   At   the   time   I   thought   that   this   arrangement   was   for   a   one-time   use   only,   but   this   did not   turn   out   to   be   the      case:   first   Japanese   pianists   began   to   perform   it,   and   then   others.   Of course,   these   four   pieces   could   have      been   arranged   in   a   more   inventive   (and   as   a   result, more   complex)   manner.   As   it   is,   its   texture   is   quite   modest   from   a   pianist's   point   of   view,   for obvious   reasons.   Perhaps   it   is   for   the   better,   since   my   piano   music,   as   a   rule,   is   technically very   difficult   (with   a   few   exceptions).   As   for   the   performance,   I   would   like   to   draw   attention to   a   few   things.   In   the   first   movement,   the   secondo   part   contains   multiple   chords   repeating     at   a   rapid   pace   which   should   be   played   as   lightly   as   possible   (leggiero).   On   the   other   hand, the   first   occurrence   of   the   main   theme   of   this   movement   (which   is   also   in   secondo)   must   be played   "a   voce   piena"      (the   theme   is   then   picked   up   by   primo).   At   cue   number   two   of   the second   movement   it   is   desirable   to   imitate   the   sound   of   a   chorus   of   saxophones   and   play molto legato in the swing style. Translated by Anton Kapustin & Tim Gill. Published: Yes Published by Schott Music  Recorded by: piaNA duo Additional info: work for piano 4 hands Sound sample: Weblink sheet m usic:  Op. 104 | Concerto for 2 Pianos and Percussion   Kapustin's   Concerto   for   2   Pianos   and   Percussion,   op   104,   was   written   in   2002.   From   the opening    movement    this    piece    swings,    especially    with    the    presence    of    the    drums,    and presents   a   great   variety   of   jazz   moods   in   an   intensely   personal   chamber   composition.   The slow    movement    conveys    one    of    those    beautiful    lyric    moments    that    are    sprinkled    on Kapustin's   vast   output,   with   a   placid   climate   created   by   suggestive   harmonies   -   but   also   an exhilarating    presto    central    section.    The    delirious    finale    collects    impressions    from    its predecessors,   although   some   recurrent   rhythmic   sequences   confer   its   own   character   on this   third   movement.   The   Concerto   has   been   recorded   on   SACD   by   Ludmig   Angelov   and Daniel   del   Pino   (pianos)   with   Neopercusión   (Juanjo   Guillem   and   Rafael   Gálvez)   on   "2+2   4 Kapustin" (Non Profit Music NPM 1011). Published: Yes Recorded by: L. Angelov / D. del Pino / J. Guillem / R. Galvez. Additional info: Score for 2 players. Sound sample: check video Weblink sheet musi c: Op. 129 | Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" for 2 Pianos Despite   the   Latin   American   character   of   this   piece   one   mustn't      forget   that   Dizzy   Gillespie was   a   jazz   musician   and,   besides,   one      of   the   founders   of   be-bop   style   together   with   Charlie Parker   and   Thelonious   Monk.   So   the   theme   -   and   the   subsequent      improvisations   even more   so   -   are   in   swing   style,   though   maybe   not   as   pushy   or   energetic   as,   for   example,   Count Basie.   Following      a   big   introduction,   the   theme   appears   in   simple   ternary   form      followed   by an expanded set of variations on the main theme. Published: Yes Recorded   by:   Alexander   &   Ekaterina   Kolodochka,   piaNA   Duo,   Ludmil   Angelov   &   Daniel   del Pino, Jeannette & Sabrina Gründling. Additional info: work for 2 pianos. Sound sampl e: Weblink sheet mus ic: Op. 145 | Triptych for 2 Pianos Published: No Recorded by: Additional info: work for 2 pianos. Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: n/a Op. 146 | Capriccio for 4 Hands Published: No Recorded by: Additional info: work for 4 hands. Sound sample: Weblink sheet music: n/a
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