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Primer and Other Duets for One Piano/Four Hands

By William Bolcom

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1 Piano, 4 Hands
Composed by William Bolcom. E.B. Marks. Educational. Softcover. 60 pages. Published by Edward B. Marks Music (HL.242000).

Item Number: HL.242000

ISBN 1540000362. 9x12 inches.

A revival of interest in four-hand music seems long overdue! Primer reviews the ensemble in a series of short studies, involving unusual hand displacement, rhythmic counterpoint, and the like. Primer,; the first study, is choreographic in nature; Whirligig,; a pitting together of musical wheels; Wild Horses,; a study in coordination; Mr. S's Magic Dice,; interlocking of hands between players. A Gray Day in Venice; begins a series of stylistic adventures, here an evocation of a Mendelssohnian gondola, where Action-painting; invokes the carefully scattered drips in Jackson Pollock. La Sarabande de l'Infini; is one of two wreaths laid at the tombs of two French masters of piano music for four hands, here Debussy; and for a finale Hommage a Satie, le Divo de l'Empire,; recalling the Velvet Gentleman's cabaret career. Also includes the first publications of Chabrieriana a compact tribute to the Romantic French composer, Emmanuel Chabrier, and Sentimental Waltz, a dedicatory piece to a friend. The previously-published Dedicace is also included.

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