With Four Hands: Music for Two Pianists


an International Conference
organised by IMR and Middlesex University
in association with the
AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice

VENUE: Senate House
DATE: 17-18 June 2013

Music for two pianists covers a wide aesthetic and sociological arena representing both the epitome of amateur, domestic music-making in the bourgeois home through piano duets during the nineteenth century and the very heights of virtuosity in piano duos during the twentieth century. Technically, aesthetically and sociologically the practice of performance by two pianists, on one or two pianos, represents a unique kind of collaboration that can simultaneously define and challenge the boundaries and meanings of chamber music both as repertoire and in terms of relevant performance practices. Although some research has been done on the psychological mechanisms involved in the rehearsal and practice processes of two pianists, many issues relating to the theory and practice of piano duos and duets remain under-researched. This conference aims to bring together researchers, performers, and artist-researchers working on the historical, theoretical and performative aspects of music that involve two pianists. Proposals (300 words) for individual papers (20 minutes, with 10 minutes discussion), lecture-recitals and performances/demonstrations (30 minutes, with 15 minutes discussion), or workshops (45 minutes) are invited on the following topics:

• The historical origins and development of music for two keyboard players
• Historical and contemporary repertoire for two pianists
• Canonic works
• Transcriptions, arrangements and paraphrases for two pianists
• Sociology of music for two pianists
• Performance practice of piano duos and piano duets
• Duo pianists and their careers
• Recordings and recording history of music for two pianos
• Aesthetics of music for two pianists
• Significance of the genre as a cultural phenomenon
• Piano duo and piano duet as chamber music
• Two pianos in larger ensembles
• Music for two pianos in historical and contemporary concert prrgrammes
• Compositional issues in relation to music for two pianists
• The future of music for two pianists

DEADLINE for proposals: 5pm (GMT), Friday, 15 February 2013

Notification of acceptance and preliminary programme: 15 March 2013
Final programme issued: 15 April 2013

Please submit your proposal by email, in an attachment including your full name and contact details, to the IMR Administrator Mrs Valerie James, at music@sas.ac.uk

For queries about the conference, contact Dr Mine Doğantan-Dack, at m.dack@mdx.ac.uk

Proposals will be judged anonymously. Paper proposals from students are especially encouraged.

Conference Committee:
Mine Doğantan-Dack (Chair)
Darla Crispin
Jane Davidson
John Rink
Aaron Williamon

Conference administrator: Valerie James (Institute of Musical Research)

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