Forgotten Polish Piano Music for Four Hands / Maria Szymanowska Piano Duo

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The history of writing music for the piano is linked to the creation, in 1711, of the prototype of the present day piano and to its evolution from the pianoforte- an instrument suited for salon music-making- to the modern concert grand. The tradition of home music-making dates back therefore to the middle of the 18th century, with piano-playing for four hands very soon becoming its all important element. This gave rise to the development of a repertoire that lent itself to arrangement and performances in such a chamber environment. Compositions of this type had already been penned by Johann Christian Bach, Joseph Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. By the end of the 18th century, compositions for piano four hands had achieved extraordinary popularity. However, only a small amount of the output by Polish composers was published. Thanks to the interest of present-day Polish publishers these forgotten pieces, several of which are presented here, can now be enjoyed by performers and enthusiasts alike.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: DUX1433

  • UPC: 5902547014333

  • Label: DUX

  • Composer: Frédéric Chopin, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Juliusz Zarebski, Karol Kurpinski, Karol Mikuli, Maria Szymanowska

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Maria Szymanowska Piano Duo