Poulenc - Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor FP 61

Edition Zeza
$105.95
SKU EZ-2323
Weight 1.50 LBS
Difficulty Advanced
Instrumentation Picc, Fl, 2Ob 1dCA, 2 Cl, 2 Bsn, 2 Hn, 2 Tpt, 2 Tbn, Tba, Perc, 2 Pno, Strings
Duration 20 minutes
Set of Parts Includes Strings count 4.4.3.3.2 (Piano Part in Full Score only)
Score type Required

Often described as the last work of Poulenc’s early period, the composer himself wrote to the Belgian musicologist Paul Collaer: "You will see for yourself what an enormous step forward it is from my previous work and that I am really entering my great period."

The concerto's recurring moto perpetuo, modally inflected figurations are clearly inspired by Poulenc's encounter with a Balinese gamelan at the 1931 Exposition Coloniale de Paris. Additionally, the work's instrumentation and "jazzy" effects are reminiscent of Ravel's G major Concerto, which was premiered at Paris in January 1932. Inevitably, comparisons have been drawn with Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat for two pianos, K. 365, but the slow movement Larghetto's graceful, classically simple melody and gentle, regular accompaniment have reminded some writers of the slow movement of Mozart's C major Piano Concerto, K. 467.
Poulenc wrote in a letter to Igor Markevitch, "Would you like to know what I had on my piano during the two months gestation of the Concerto? The concertos of Mozart, those of Liszt, that of Ravel, and your Partita".

Difficulty:
Advanced
Instrumentation:
Picc, Fl, 2Ob 1dCA, 2 Cl, 2 Bsn, 2 Hn, 2 Tpt, 2 Tbn, Tba, Perc, 2 Pno, Strings
Duration:
20 minutes
Set of Parts:
Includes Strings count 4.4.3.3.2 (Piano Part in Full Score only)