I know how lonely it is playing the piano all by ourselves, so I wanted to open up this thread where we can share and talk about 4-hand piano music!
It can be so fun to play with others and there are definitely possibilities for virtual collaboration.
Share what pieces interest you and any experience you have playing 4 hand piano selections!
This can include both repertoire for 4-hands ONE piano, or 4-hands TWO pianos!
What a fun thread.
I haven't done any four-hands/two piano until meeting local pianists in an informal Piano meetup group. During the meetup nights, we would sight read 2-piano/8 hands music, and pick pieces we like to work on. That said, coordinating 4 people's schedule is challenging! As a poor sight reader, I'm pleasantly surprised that sight reading is less daunting when there's more hands!
Most recently, I've played Milhaud's Scaramouch for two piano (what a fun piece!!), and Brahms Waltz(four hand). For 8 hands, we played Hungarian Rhapsody #2. Next, I'll be working on Schubert Rondo (four hands).
I like the idea of virtual "four-hands/two piano" if there aren't any partners nearby. Maybe Jamulus might be worth trying, if internet speed allows.
I never had much of an opportunity to do 4 hand work when I was younger... I really wish I had more ensemble playing in my fingers... But I try to have my students play them. I am seeing such a value in them, even for my youngest students!
So, I am prepping my kiddos for recital. This is one of my sibling pairs. Primo has been playing for 8.5 months. Her sister, Secondo has been playing for about 3.5 years. Secondo is playing Secondo with her Brother who has been playing for 5.5 years, and they are doing the Blue Danube Waltz. Last year they did an arrangement for Schubert's March Militaire. This family makes me beam. Other than a slight mistake at the end, and be it known, recital is on June 12, so we are still working on things... the girls are accomplished dancers, and their brother is a competitive soccer player... Such a disciplined band of siblings! And so MUSICAL! :-)
For anyone in the SF Bay Area, SFCM Adult Division is offering an in-person class this summer for those who want to try 4-hand pieces (one piano or two), starting in June. I believe the class is open to late elementary and intermediate students, as well as to more advanced pianists. You can check SFCM’s website (Continuing Ed) and email J.Chew, the teacher, for more details.
My first piano teacher had me learn several pieces for two players, but I only got to play the secondo parts. I learned the Gavotte by Bach and Sonata in D, 1st movement by Beethoven from "Three B's for Two Players" book by Mark Nevin. The Beethoven Sonata is a lot of fun to play and makes one think of the the 1st movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony, but is a lot lighter and more playful. I also learned the Swan by Saint-Saens, although it must have been a simplified version of it. My teacher had me play it with the other student who played the primo part at a recital and I remember thinking that the secondo part seemed more difficult to play for that piece.