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A Concert of Contemporary Piano Music for Four Hands (April 17, 1963)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 36 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Recorded at Hertz Hall, on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, a concert of contemporary piano music, the majority of which is for piano four hands. The concert begins with Judith Ann McGrew performing Peter Winkler’s “Seven Short Pieces,” a 1960 composition for solo piano. This is followed by Winkler, joined by Douglas Leedy in a performance of Erik Satie’s “Aperçus Désagréables.” Another piano duet, “Pieces for Joan Gallegos” then follows, with its composer, John Thomas, being joined by Leedy at the piano. It is then Leedy’s turn to demonstrate his composition prowess, as both Winkler and Thomas present his “Pieces,” also scored for piano four hands. The concert finally concludes with the better known, “Three Easy Pieces” by Igor Stravinsky, performed by McGrew and Winkler.

Musical Selections:  Seven Short Pieces, for piano (1962) (6:41) / Peter Winkler -- Aperçus Désagréables, for piano four hands (1908-12) (5:00) / Erik Satie -- Pieces for Joan Gallegos, piano duet / John Thomas -- Pieces, for piano four hands (1960) / Douglas Leedy -- Three Easy Pieces, for piano four hands (1914-15) / Igor Stravinsky
Performers:  Judith Ann McGrew, piano (Seven ; Three)
Peter Winkler, piano (Aperçus ; Pieces ; Three)
Douglas Leedy, piano (Aperçus ; Joan)
John Thomas, piano (Joan ; Pieces)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Piano music; Piano music (4 hands)
People:  Winkler, Peter, 1943-; Satie, Erik, 1866-1925; Thomas, John (Pianist); Leedy, Douglas ; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971; McGrew, Judith Ann
Recording Date:  4/17/1963
 
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