Piano duet / Four-handed piano

Michael Schneider
La beauté retrouvée (1991)
for four-handed piano
'La beaute retrouvée' is a piece in memory of the Swiss composer Peter Mieg: The title ties in with Marcel Proust whose novel 'A la recherche du temps perdu' provided Mieg with his most important literary influence. In a modified form, the titel of this piano piece plays with the title of the novel and also makes reference to the specific musical ideal, which Mieg felt himself commited to in the creation of his compositional oeuvre. The cross-shaped formal and harmonic disposition underlines the symbolic 'in memorium' character of the piece.
Relatively simple piano part in space notation; fragile sounds in a dialogue between the players.
Duration: 4' 00"
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Nicolas Bolens
Instants - Silences (1992)
for two pianos
This piece makes good use of silence and rests as well as resonance enhanced by use of the third pedal. The notation is partly aleatoric, partly metric. The playing techniques are traditional.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Frédéric Bolli
Sonate in H (1981)
for piano (partly four-handed)
In three movements, the third movement is four-handed.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Juan Manuel Chávez
Aura (1992)
for two pianos
Duration: 15' 00"
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Michael Schneider
Desii e terre nuove (1995)
for two pianos
The title 'Desii e terre nuove' (longing and distant worlds) brings together four pieces based on different ideas and themes, which unite to form a cohesive, tonal cycle. These pieces use virtuosic and colourful, atmospheric gestures to condense four of the composer's formative impressions into musical portraits. The enigmatic movement titles refer to non-musical impressions that formed the basis of the composing process. The vibrant, tropical atmosphere in the very northern part of Australia is the departure point for the first movement 'Voci sotto uno cielo tremolante' (voices under shimmering sky). A second movement follows where the strings inside the piano are hit directly: a lament, an epitaph on the strings (Epitaffio sulle corde). The third movement is dedicated to the floating filigree, polished bird sculptures by the Rumanian artist Constantin Brancusi 'Satz Gli uccelli di Brancusi' (the birds of Brancusi). A homage to the Russian composer Edison Denissow forms the fourth movement. The memory of a moving visit to Denisow's Moscow apartment is combined with a quote from his orchestral piece "Glocken im Nebel": Un momento nella ulisza studentscheskaja - a moment on student street.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Dieter Ammann
Regards sur les traditions (1994-1995)
for four-handed piano
Duration: 14' 00"
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Nicolas Bolens
Variations (1996)
for four-handed piano
Here, all six variations are based on an original theme. In traditional notation and relatively easy to perform.
Duration: 7' 00"
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CHF: 18.00
Daniel Weissberg
Toccata (1990)
for four-handed piano
Sixteenth notes throughout, rhythmic organisation is achieved by alternating dynamics, register sounds and pauses in the individual parts.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Josef Kost
Soliloquio roteante (1994)
for two flutes, trombone and four-handed piano
A virtuosic chamber musical piece designed for advanced amateurs.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Dieter Ammann
Morceau en forme d'improvisation (1995)
for choir (thirty-six voices), four-handed piano and jazz sextet
Duration: var.
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Andreas Brenner
Schattenwürfe (2013)
for four-handed piano
Duration: 12' 00"
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CHF: 42.00
Luigi Laveglia
silence into cool whispered (2007)
for two pianos
Virtuosic chamber music. Full of energy with a narrative character.
The title refers to the special ending.

Duration: 11' 00"
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(Set with 2 scores)
Valentin Marti
On a Darkling Plain (1998)
for accordion, violoncello and four-handed piano
Combined polymerized growth, a sudden break and darkening decolouration. A subtle coordinated sound balance is essential for this piece.
First performed: 13.7.98 in Klagenfurt by the Austrian Art Ensemble.

Duration: 13' 00"
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Michael Schneider
Gorillas are sleeping at night (1997)
for soprano, alto, mixed choir (SATB) and four-handed piano with small percussion
Texts: Wissenschaftssprache
A lyrical and atmospheric piece about the world of mountain gorillas. The choir parts can be performed by a good amateur choir, the small percussion (cymbals, small tam-tam, wood blocks, glass rattle) are to be played by the pianists.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Felix Schüeli
Riffs II (2003)
for four-handed piano
Duration: 4' 00"
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Yehoshua Lakner
Kreise und Signale (1985)
for two pianos
Open form, based on given tone material. With the influence of a few rules a free form results.
Duration: 7' 00"-60' 00"
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Jacques Demierre
Expinnocence (1986)
for voice, two pianos and violoncello
Texts: William Blake
Written for an improviser/reader, these pieces attempt to recreate a fantasy world in honour of some of William Blake's poems.
Duration: 45' 00"
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Hans Eugen Frischknecht
Stimmen-Saiten (1976)
for female choir and piano with four players
Text: Phonetic.
A piano with two players at the keys and two players inside creating sounds accompany the female choir (youth choir). Mostly notated without fixed pitch and therefore good for amateurs.

Duration: 5' 00"
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(Choir material available from SME)
Frédéric Bolli
Je suis ravi de vous revoir, Monsieur Ravel! (1990)
for flute, violin, violoncello and four-handed organ (or piano)
Duration: 10' 00"
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Regina Irman
Fächer (1996)
for four-handed piano
The compulsory piece for the Swiss Young Musicians Competition. A sense of tone and rhythmical precision is required in favour of the classic competition virtuosity. Commissioned by the Swiss Young Musicians Competition.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Kit Powell
Der Wal (1998)
for speaking choir and four-handed piano
Texts: Jürg Schubiger
A short piece suitable for youngsters.
Duration: 4' 00"
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De-Qing Wen
Ronde des Pagodes (2001)
for four-handed piano
I revisited ‘Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes’ by Maurice Ravel; this work is inspired by China and I am a Chinese composer. But the result shows that Ravel's piece is much more Chinese then mine! In the last ninety years the musical language has been revolutionised more than once and this can certainly be heard. Yet something has been kept by the music, something which reveals the imagination, the sentiments, the colour, the form. The first theme of my piece comes from the second piano in the introduction of Ravel's piece - even if it may seem deformed. The music then simply follows the text of Madame d'Aulnoy.
Duration: 5' 40"
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Urban Mäder
stossen, ziehen, schieben - am Rand (1999)
for two pianos
Four movements:
‘kontrabass’, cumbersome and kinetic.
‘harmonium’ compressed variations form.
‘verklang’ an unconventional way of dealing with fade out.
‘jezz’ rhythmically tricky, moving play.

Duration: 9' 00"
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Burkhard Kinzler
(2008-2009)

Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
CHF: 27.50
Jacques Demierre
Portrait de ça en cale sèche (1991)
for speaker, three female voices, tuba, accordion, two pianos and choir
Texts: Jacques Roman
The content of the piece has a diffused feeling, a difficult to describe situation summed up excellently with a short sentence by B. Requichot: "je ne sais pas c'qui m'quoi."
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Balz Trümpy
4 Interludien (2000)
for four-handed piano
Four characteristic pieces which, in numerous ways, transcribe the interplay of four hands into a musical meshwork.
Duration: 11' 00"
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(Score available from the SME/EMS: sFr. 38.-; € 38.-)
Jacques Demierre
Quelques remarques (1991)
for flute, clarinet, horn, trombone and four-handed piano
Duration: 13' 00"
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Walter Baer
Minne ist so wunderlich (1998)
Songs
for soli (SATB), mixed choir and four-handed piano
Texts: Johannes Hadlaub
Duration: 20' 00"
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Eric Gaudibert
Trois Tableaux (1993)
for two pianos
A work in three parts inspired by the interior of a church: Voutes - Rais - Travees. Metric notation and standard playing techniques.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Hans-Jürg Meier
Schwärme von Lichtfischen (2008)
for 6 pianos and 8 pairs of high instruments (flutes, clarinets, trumpets, cornets, harps and violins)
Spatial composition based on a text by Elisabeth Binder (from "Orfeo"). For students.
Duration: 8' 30"
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CHF: 21.00
(Stimmen beim Autor)
Eric Gaudibert
Les amours du poète (1994)
for four-handed piano
Variation on 'Der Dichter spricht', the last piece of the 'Kinderszenen' by Robert Schumann.
Duration: 1' 30"
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CHF: 13.00
Jean-Jacques Dünki
Nouveaux contes obliques (2001)
for 4-handed piano
Duration: 10' 00"
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CHF: 34.00