Clavier Companion - July/August 2017 - 70
Piano Duet Repertoire:
Written for One Piano,
Four Hands, Second
Edition, by Cameron
McGraw. Edited by
and Katherine Fisher.
Foreword by the
Anderson and Roe
First published in 1981, Cameron McGraw's useful
Piano Duet Repertoire is an invaluable resource
for teachers and ensemble pianists. In this second
edition, duo-pianists Christopher and Katherine
Fisher have updated and enlarged McGraw's
volume to a book almost twice its original size.
As in the first edition, the volume contains
two appendices-"Collections of Four-Hand
Music" and "Music for Piano Four Hands with
Voice(s) and/or Other Instrument(s)"-pages of
annotated repertoire, and select bibliographies.
Although the original edition included both an
Index of Music Publishers and an Index of Library
Locations and National Information Centers, the
fact that the second edition provides neither
is a sad reflection on today's publishing world.
The second edition does, however, include the
original McGraw preface and acknowledgments,
a preface by Anderson and Roe, and an updated
General Explanations segment. In addition, the
Fishers provide two new indices-a Title Index,
and an Alphabetical List of Composers by
Nationality; both will be effective search tools for
the pianist and teacher.
Expanding and editing any list of duet repertoire
would be a large project. Although incredibly
helpful, this volume is not without its problems.
In today's world, one can discover discrepancies
and missing or incomplete information with a
few clicks on a computer keyboard. It is thus
unfortunate that, in this edition of Piano Duet
Repertoire, many of the otherwise valuable
composer listings are missing birth and death
dates, countries of origin, or complete lists
of compositions. The Appendix with duet
anthologies has been revised and enlarged
(notably adding duet volumes edited by Jane
Magrath and Helen Marlais); yet, again, several
collections have been omitted. The first edition
also contained incomplete data and appendices,
but it is a pity these entries were not corrected in
the second edition.
In spite of its flaws, this volume is priceless for
pianists and teachers who endeavor to increase
their duet repertoire. One cannot browse online
the way one can with a hard-copy book. It is
essential to use this valuable tool to peruse lists
of duet music of both renowned and lesserknown composers. Piano Duet Repertoire should
be viewed as an excellent starting place, a volume
all serious educators and pianists should have
on their bookshelf alongside guides by Maurice
Hinson and Jane Magrath. For more accuracy and
depth however, pianists will need to supplement
this volume with further individual research.
(Indiana University Press, $75)