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Music for One and Two Pianos Music for One and Two Pianos
JDT 3059

Octavio Pinto
1-5. Scenas Infantis (two pianos)
Claude Debussy
6-9. Petite Suite (one piano)
Georges Bizet
10-15. Six Jeux d'Enfants (one piano)
W.A. Mozart
16-18. Sonata in C Major (one piano)
Joaquín Rodrigo
19-23. Cinco Piezas Infantiles (two pianos)

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Track 9. Petite Suite (one piano)
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Track 18. Sonata in C Major (one piano)
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Music for Two Pianos, Volume IMusic for Two Pianos,
Volume I 
JDT 3016

  1. Copland: Danzon Cubano 
  2. Infante: Sentimiento 
  3. Bartok: Mikrokosmos 
  4. Rachmaninov: Second Suite 
  5. Bennett Samba Triste, Country Blues, Ragtime Waltz, Finale 
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Track 3. Infante: Sentimiento
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Track 13. Bennett: Country Blues
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Track 14. Bennet: Ragtime Waltz
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Track 15. Bennett Finale
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Aaron Copland (1900-1990) wished early on to be "recognizably American," and he succeeded admirably. The Danzon Cubano demonstrates his percussive sonorities, irregular, abrupt phrases and off-beat rhythms. Also characteristic are his interpretitive indications: "nonchalant, but precise," "naive and non-sentimental," "rough tone," and "glassy." His other two-piano works include his own arrangements of Billy The Kid and Danza de Jalisco."

Manuel Infante was born near Seville in 1883, moved to Paris in 1909 and died there in 1958. He is little-known but wrote many graceful piano pieces, mostly on Spanish themes. Sentimiento is the middle movement of his Adalusian Suite for 2 Pianos.

Bela Bartok (1881-1945) wrote 153 progressive piano pieces as teaching pieces for his son, Peter. He published them in six books and called them Mikrokosmos, arranging seven of the pieces for two pianos. Six of those are played here. Bartok's great knowledge and love of folk music is reflected in Bulgarian Rhythm and New Hungarian Folk Song.
Perpetuum Mobile exploits 2nds, 3rds, and 4ths, as well as small silences (rests) which together with driving speed give this piece its shape and force. Bartok was a master of counterpoint.

A canon is a composition written strictly according to rule. One voice begins a melody which is then imitated precisely note for note and (generally) interval for interval by some other voice. The second voice may come in at the same or a different pitch as the first, and it begins a few beats or bars after the original. Short Canon and Its Inversion is a playful demonstration of this form.
In Chromatic Invention, piano I, right hand, and piano II, left hand, are mirror images of each other as is the case with piano I, left hand, and piano II, right hand. Complicated! Bartok has helped out somewhat by accenting the intervals and repeated notes which lie under (or above) the chromatic "accompaniments," but he has further complicated matters by requiring that the piece speed up midway through and continue to be played faster and faster to the end: Bartok going bananas (in his own unique and organized fashion). Ostinato is, literally, obstinate. There are several bass patterns rather than just one repeated obstinately throughout.

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) composed the Waltz and the Romance as the 2nd and 3rd movements of his Suite No. 2. The Suite, in Rachmaninov's romantic, pre-Revolutionary style, has been a staple of the two-piano repertoire since its publication.

Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-) is an English composer and pianist. He studied with Pierre Boulez in Paris, and, after returning to Europe, wrote and produced operas, and music for voice, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. He has written many movie scores, among them Far From the Madding Crowd and Alexandra. His Dance Suite has a very contemporary sound and is, appropriately, dedicated to Andre Previn.


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