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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? You know, four hands are better than two…

Although this composer returned to these popular works several times, rearranging them first for solo piano and later for orchestra, the first version of the dances was composed for piano four hands.

He premiered the work at a private gathering of friends, with the wife of his mentor performing the other part.

Famously, they formed a deep emotional involvement after his mentor’s death, and many have speculated that his four-hand music might have purposefully included numerous “romantic” hand-crossings…

Music Heard On This Episode

Handel, G. F. (1685-1758): Messiah: How Beautiful Are the Feet
Karina Gauvin, s/Handel and Haydn Society Chorus/Andrew Parrott, cond. — Handel arr. Mozart: Messiah (Arabesque Recordings, 2009)
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Handel, G. F. (1685-1758): Messiah: How Beautiful Are the Feet
Karina Gauvin, s/Handel and Haydn Society Chorus/Andrew Parrott, cond. — Handel arr. Mozart: Messiah (Arabesque Recordings, 2009)
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Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911): Symphony No. 1: Movement
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Carl Schuricht, cond. — Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, vol. 1 (Nm Classics, 2003)
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Monteverdi, Claudio (1567-1643): Madrigals Book 3: Eyes that once were my life; Eyes whose beloved light flashes
Delitiae Musicae/Marco Longhini, cond. — Madrigals Book 3 (Naxos, 2004)
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Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): Preludes Book 1: Girl wit the Flaxen Hair; Footprints in the Snow
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano — Preludes Books 1 and 2 (Decca, 1996)
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Bartok, Bela (1881-1945): Piano Concerto No. 3: Allegro Vivace
Andras Schiff, piano/Budapest Fetival Orchestra/Ivan Fisher, cond. — Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3 (Elektra / Wea, 1997)
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Shostakovich, Dmitri (1907-1975): The Nose: Act III, Scene 8
Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, cond. — The Nose (Mariinsky, 2009)
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Schoenberg, Arnold (1874-1951): The Fortunate Hand: Excerpt
Radio Orchestra of Berlin/Anton-Webern Choir/SWR Symphony Orch/Michael Gielen, cond. — Michael Gielen Conducts Schönberg (Hanssler Classics, 2004)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): St Matthew Passion: O Sacred Head Now Wounded, Ah Golgatha
Rene Jacobs, alto/Vocal Ensemble and Orchestra of Chapell Royale/Phillipe Herreweghe, cond. — St Matthew Passion (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 1992)
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Schumann, Robert (1810-1856): String Quartet No 1: Presto
Zehetmair Quartet — String Quartets 1 & 3 (Ecm Records, 2003)
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Glass, Phillip (b. 1973): Einstein on the Beach: Knee Play 2
The Phillip Glass Ensemble/Michael Riesman, cond. — Einstein on the Beach (Nonesuch, 1993)
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Brahms, Johannes (: Hungarian Dance No. 5 in f#
Christian Kohn and Silke-Thora Matthies — Four Hand Piano Music, Vol.2 (Naxos, 1998)
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Antheil, George (1900-1959): The Hundred Headless Woman: Excerpts
Marthanne Verbit, piano — George Antheil, Bad Boy of Music (Albany Records, 2006)
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Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg: Lydia, the Tattooed Lady
Groucho Marx — Gratuitously Groucho (Raven, 1993)
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