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Three pieces for two pianos, op. 1 : piano duo

by Andrew Schultz (1979)

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Three pieces for two pianos, opus 1


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Three pieces for two pianos, opus 1 / Andrew Schultz.

Library shelf no. 785.6212/SCH 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Three Pieces for Two Pianos was written in Brisbane in October-November 1979 and had its first performance in Melbourne, at Melba Hall, the following year. It was awarded the Percy Brier Prize and is my first acknowledged work. In 2012 the composition was edited and revised into its current form. The work has a duration of about 15 minutes.

Three Pieces for Two Pianos is highly virtuosic in its demands of the players and explores rapidly changing sonorities and fast moving metrical rhythms within a playful and dramatic context. The first movement is a chorale fantasia on the Lutheran hymn, Christ lag in todesbanden; a chorale that J S Bach had used as the basis of one of his most memorable cantatas. The fast and lively second movement also takes as a starting point an existing piece of music - in this case a Gavotte movement from Francesco Veracini's F# minor Violin Sonata. The final movement contrasts gentle, rocking music with boisterous dance-like episodes, some again ironically recalling other pieces of music.

Work Details

Year: 1979

Instrumentation: 2 pianos.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Fantasia – Larghetto (5 min., 30 sec.) -- 2. Gavotte – Vivo (3 min.) -- 3. Lullaby and Dance – Andante calmo (4 min., 30 sec.).

First performance: by Allan Walker, Edward Dorn — 1980. Melba Hall, University of Melbourne

Awarded the Percy Brier Memorial Prize, 1979


Performances of this work

Unknown date.

18 Jul 80: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Featuring Edward Dorn, Allan Walker.

1980: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Featuring Allan Walker, Edward Dorn.

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