Top 10 Pieces for 2 Pianos: #5-#1

5. Witold Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme by Paganini https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpU6jOgCoGg Paganini’s Caprice No. 24 might be the most popular theme-and-variation subject of all time. I mean, look at how many composers have done something with it. It does easily lend itself to variation; the predictable harmonic movement by fourths is sort of a blank canvas... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Pieces for 2 Pianos: #10-#6

For many pianists, the only experience of playing in a two-piano ensemble might be while rehearsing and performing a concerto in a conservatory setting. Outside that setting, there’s a limited availability of venues with two performance-ready pianos, unless you’re touring professionally. And I doubt that the average dueling-piano bar would be open to an evening... Continue Reading →

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