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Music for Two

By: Elizabeth Thompson

This video premiered on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 pm EST.

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This week’s Best of Biddle video features duets by Duke Music students and faculty. The video begins with “Tema (Andante) con variazioni” from Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in F Major, K.377 performed by students Brian Chan, violin and Rui Xi, piano. It is followed by two piano duets featuring Ieva Jokubavicuite and her students: the “Allegro con spirito” from Mozart’s Sonata in D Major, K.448 (with Kevin Xu) and Debussy’s Lindaraja (with Catherine McMillan). The Scherzo from Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16 follows, featuring pianists Andy Zhang and Claire Li. The video then features two excerpts by Ciompi Quartet violist Jonathan Bagg and pianist Emely Phelps: a movement each from Elizabeth Maconchy’s 1937 Sonata for Viola and Piano and from Marion Bauer’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, composed in 1932. The video ends with Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini for 2 pianos, performed by David Heid and Daniel Seyfried (pictured above).

5 comments

  1. This week’s Best of Biddle video showcases stunning duets performed by Duke Music students and faculty. From Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin to Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, the talent on display is remarkable.

    The video concludes with an impressive rendition of Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini for 2 pianos, leaving viewers captivated by the skill and artistry of David Heid and Daniel Seyfried.

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