An evaluation of piano literature written originally for four hands--one piano : a thesis ...

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Owens, Frederick Farnam
University of the Pacific Dissertations;Piano music (4 hands); Arts and Humanities; Music
thesis / dissertation description
The purpose of this thesis is to explore and analyze the wealth of intrinsic value that is to be found in compositions originally written for piano duet (two performers at one piano). Only compositions originally conceived for piano duet will be considered transcriptions of works that were at first in the form of piano solo, string quartet, orchestra or any such medium other than piano duet, will not be considered in this writing. Also excluded will be works for piano duet that are not of concert hall use; this paper is concerned with that literature for piano duet which is of a caliber transcending pure pedagogy. Another object of this thesis is to show what a remarkable amount of art has been cast in the form of piano duet literature.