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    I'm looking for some piano duet suggestions for me and my friend to play. They need to be quite simple (probably no harder than ABRSM grade 6) and nothing too crazy (atonal, serialism etc). Just some nice melody & harmony.

    Thanks.
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    I'm no musician so I wouldn't like to say whether these would be too easy or not but you might want try some of Schubert's lighter piano duet works:

    D618 - Deutsche Taenze and 2 Laendler
    D814 - 4 Laendler

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    Gabriel Faure ~ Dolly Suite
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBH2SLz5miw

    Maurice Ravel ~ Ma Mère l'Oye: Pavane de la belle au bois dormant / Petit Poucet / Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes / Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête / Le jardin féerique
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR59F11-8po

    Francis Poulenc ~ Sonata for piano four hands
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC_VFwZQ-oM

    Igor Stravinsky
    Five: Andante / Espanola / Balalaika / Napolitana / Galop
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KR34PADrqI
    Three easy pieces: March / Waltz / Polka
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6U5tminF1o


    P.s. Forgot the Debussy Petit Suite and the Bizet Jeux d'enfants -- listed in the previous posts. LOL. You can see there are a handful of standard (and quite fine) "go to" works of piano four-hands at around this level :-)
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    Joaquin Rodrigo - Cinco Piezas Infantiles for 2 Pianos

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfHMRW6afgc

    I'm not too sure about difficulty level but this is (the second movement in particular) among my favorite piano pieces in the repertoire.

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    Robert Schumann wrote several cycles of pieces for piano duet. I think Opp. 85 and 130 were specifically written for less advanced players.

    Bilder aus Osten (Picture from the East), Op. 66
    12 Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder (12 Piano Pieces for Young and Older Children), Op. 85
    Ballszenen (Scenes from a Ball), Op. 109
    Kinderball (Children's Ball), Op. 130

    They're all available on IMSLP.

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    I remember listening to my cousin and uncle sit side by side to play The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel.

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    You may find something from this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikolas View Post
    Thank you! Enjoyed them quite a lot.
    "That as s."

    - Mark Twain

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    My pleasure Ravndal. And since you're quoting Prokofiev in your signature, I bet that you heard quite a bit of his style in my duets!

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    Thanks to everyone who replied. Some great suggestions here!
    Last edited by Matsps; Feb-22-2014 at 12:34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matsps View Post
    Thanks to everyone who replied. Some great suggestions here!
    A tiny follow-up to what you chose to work on might be fun -- maybe even an audio clip of? :-)

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