About Piano Duet
Playing piano duets at home and in salons used to be an important part of musical activity and enjoyment of chamber music in Europe during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Starting with Bach's sons, continuing with Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, on to the French composers Faure, Debussy and Ravel, continuing through Hindemith, Rachmaninoff and the modern composers, there is a wealth of original compositions in addition to countless arrangements of virtually every orchestra and chamber music composition ever written. Between the intimacy of two people making music together on one keyboard and the pianistic possibilities of these two people performing a big orchestra composition, there is a wide range of musical enjoyment and challenge in the literature for piano duet. Many compositions for one piano, for hands, are out of print. We have scoured the libraries of London, Berlin and Washington for rare gems of music which deserve to be back in print and in the repertory. See REPERTORY.