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In dir ist Freude (2011)

for piano 6 hands
duration: 3 minutes

 

This is an arrangement of the great J.S. Bach organ chorale prelude which I made for pianists Audrey Andrist, Lura Johnson, and Jenny Lin to play on a concert called “TriplePLAY!”. Presented by the DC-based VERGE ensemble, the concert included piano works for two hands, four hands, and six hands.

I’ve known and loved this piece since I was a kid. It’s an amazingly original work: as far as I know, it’s the only Bach chorale prelude in which the chorale melody never appears, except as motivic fragments and hints bounced around between the voices. With its insistent repeating pedal motive and trills in all parts, it’s a pretty exciting piece of music. Most of all, I wanted this arrangement to be fun to play, recalling the fun I had playing multi-hand pieces as a young piano student.

 
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Here are Jenny, Lura, and Audrey recorded live on September 18, 2011 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

 
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