tout ensemble – "all together now"


Spent a lot of time yesterday looking through piano duet music.

I’m always amazed by what’s available free  online.


In my own library I had these:

Schlummerlied by Liszt
Morceaux en forme de poire by Satie

Brandenburg concertos 4,5,6 by Bach (transcribed by M(ax?) Reger
Sonata 1 by Mozart K. 357

All this is in preparation for this evening’s planned reading through piano duets by me and my friend, Rhonda.

I have suggested to her that we could actually do 2 piano things if she doesn’t mind the gicky sound of my electric piano.

In that case, I have 2 scores (necessary) for the following:

Rapsodie sur un theme de paganini, op. 43 by Rachmaninoff
L’Embarquement pour dythere – Valse Musette by Poulenc
Scaramouche by Milhaud
Piano Concerto in G minor by Mendelssohn


This one looks like fun. Believe me, we will not be reading it “Vif.”

I love playing music with other people. I think I am basically an ensemble player. Although I do a lot of solo playing on organ and piano, I still think it’s more fun with others playing along.

I have played in 3 & 4 piece rock bands, accompanied many solo instruments on piano and organ, played in wind ensembles (mostly trumpet in high school. This includes some excellent experiences at Interlochen and state festival wind ensembles conducted by some excellent people), orchestras (8th grade? again trumpet, harpsichord with South Bend Orchestra, organ and harpsichord with Grand Rapids Symphony – 1 time), not to mention the many choirs I have conducted.

I love it all.


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You can see it here:

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Music by Ulrich Nehls

While I was looking for piano duets, I ran across the work of this composer. I like the way he self promotes by allowing performers to use his scores mostly for free. What a guy!


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