Abstract


AN EXAMINATION OF THE PIANO FOUR-HANDS ALBUMS IN TURKEY AND THE PIANO FOUR-HANDS PIECES INCLUDED IN THESE ALBUMS

This is qualitative research conducted to examine the albums for the four-hand piano and the four-hand works included in the piano albums in terms of their content. In this study, in which content analysis was used as a model, a total of eleven piano albums containing four piano pieces were identified, and all of these eleven albums were reached to provide a sample to represent the universe of the study. The four-hand piano albums reached within the scope of the research and the four-hand works included in the piano albums were examined by the researchers in line with the pre-determined sub-problems. The sample was grouped in terms of playing levels, tonality/modality, arrangement/ adaptation/originality/ being edited or not, and album genres and the results were presented and interpreted in the figures under the relevant topics. The results of this study have revealed the fact that the primo and secondo parts of the four-hand piano pieces are mainly written at the beginner and intermediate level, and there are no advanced four-hand piano pieces. Moreover, it was revealed that the albums mostly consisted of tonal and less modal pieces and modal four-hand works were not included. While the number of original and edited albums in the arrangements are close to each other, it has been observed that there is only one four-hand album in the adaptation type. In line with the results of this study, it has been suggested to increase the number of the albums and works of four-hand piano; for students who take piano education at a professional and professional level to allocate more time to four-handed pieces in their lessons and, to conduct academic studies examining the effects of both four and two hands piano works and albums in the curriculum of piano education.



Keywords

Piano education, piano four-hands, chamber music.


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