Piano Duets — One Piano, Four Hands

Featuring dance music of the Ragtime Era

Blaze-Away!

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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A joyful romp in 6/8 time. Listed as a march or two-step, the first section feels like a polka. Primo gallops along, and Secondo gets to shine.

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The Cubanola Glide

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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Versatile Harry Von Tilzer wrote this early rag that’s playable by duet partners at an INTERMEDIATE level. The tempo is “slow and raggy,” says the composer.

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Felicity—Hesitation Waltz

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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A lovely slow waltz, this duet is suitable for INTERMEDIATE duet partners. A hesitation waltz combines one slow walking step with one waltz step, so the varying tempo welcomes interpretation.

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Champagne Rag

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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In the keys of C and F, this frothy tune with a syncopated melody has a solid accompaniment, and is easily played by INTERMEDIATE duet partners.

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Rabbit's Foot

Arranged for 1 Piano-4 Hands by Nancy Piver

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The Primo rabbit hippity-hops through this lively tune while the Secondo rabbit keeps a steady beat of accompaniment. INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED players—perhaps teacher and student—will enjoy the triplets and syncopation.

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The Grossmith Tango

Arranged for 1 Piano 4-Hands, by Nancy Piver

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INTERMEDIATE players will like this smooth, calm tango. Secondo has a steady, rhythmic tango beat and some melody parts; there's an occasional echo. Primo enjoys the tango rhythm also, then plays straight counterpoint.

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Fizz Water

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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Rollicking good fun! The effect sounds complex, but INTERMEDIATE players will enjoy this piece by the famous, long-lived composer, “Eubie” Blake.

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Nautical Toddle

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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Anyone who has danced a hornpipe—or heard one played—will recognize the tune. INTERMEDIATE players will have fun; the bass keeps a solid beat while the treble plays around, teasing. Sailor suits are optional.

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Wild Flower Rag

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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Lovely and languid, INTERMEDIATE players will enjoy interpreting the phrases of this uncharacteristic rag. There is syncopation, and plenty of opportunities for players to feel the mood.

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Dengozo

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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Thrilling syncopation is the heart of the dance called the Maxixe ("ma-sheesh"), fun for ADVANCED players who relish the constant, rhythmic movement.

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Panama

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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The tango was newly popular when the Panama Canal was being built. This piece is fun to play whether the tempo is leisurely or lively. For ADVANCED or INTERMEDIATE players with a sense of rhythm.

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Yankee Kid

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands, by Nancy Piver

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Hints of "Yankee Doodle" are sprinkled into the melody of this sprightly march and two-step for INTERMEDIATE players. The C scale is prominent, and intervals are easy to play.

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The Castle Walk

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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Celebrated ragtime composers plus dance masters Vernon and Irene Castle team up to "Trot and One Step" through this spirited duet for ADVANCED players. It's a lively conversation.

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The Thriller

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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The aerialist firmly plants his feet as he starts across the high wire, steadily, not too fast for INTERMEDIATE duet players with solid rhythm in the bass and syncopated chords in the treble.

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Dusty

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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There's lively syncopation in this tune, and Primo gets left hand exercise, so we'll call it an ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATE rag, suitable for a teacher and student, as Secondo is nice and steady.

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The Twirler

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4-Hands by Nancy Piver

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INTERMEDIATE players will enjoy this Slow Drag's easy syncopation. The bass rhythm is nice and steady, letting the treble twirl across the stage.

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The Aeroplane

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4 Hands by Nancy Piver

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You can hear the pilot rev up his engine in a ragtime-era biplane in this jolly rag and two-step tune that is really fun to play. For INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED players.

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Très Moutarde—Too Much Mustard

By Cecil Macklin. Arranged for 1 Piano, 4 Hands by Nancy Piver

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Très Moutarde is one of the most popular dance tunes of the ragtime era. INTERMEDIATE players will like its straightforward melody and solid rhythm.

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That's A-Plenty, by Lew Pollack

Arranged for 1 Piano, 4 Hands by Nancy Piver

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INTERMEDIATE players with an octave reach will play well this unusual Rag or One-Step tune that starts and ends in D minor, and brightens up in the Trio section.

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