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Graded Repertoire for Piano Ensemble (6 -8 hands)


Repertoire list


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Graded by experienced teachers, the following list of works provides an annotated guide when searching for repertoire, especially for the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Most of these works have score and audio samples available online, just click on the title to see details. All are available for purchase from SOUNZ.

Please do not hesitate to contact SOUNZ with any enquiries.

Graded repertoire lists for other instrumentations are available at these pages:
String and Piano Chamber Music
String Chamber Music




Farr: Dua Lagu
1 piano, 6 hands + gong

Intermediate: Grade 5

The upper two parts work together with constant quavers in repetitive patterns; the third part is much simpler. Accessible, well-written and reasonably straightforward to put together. An established favourite with students.

Hamilton: Three Rags
2 pianos, 8 hands
Intermediate: Grade 7
Ragtime. Accessible, attractive and fun. The texture is light with each part contributing fragments, very converstional, and tonal. The individual parts are not taxing - the ensemble playing is the difficult part.

Hamilton: Tui
2 pianos, 8 hands
Intermediate: Grade 6-7
Light texture, bird-like motifs, atmospheric. Comes with optional recorded Tui sounds which frame the piece. Players asked to whisper at times.

Hamilton: Ghost Dance
2 piano, 8 hands
Intermediate: Grade 7-8

Furioso, scary and threatening. Ideas cascade across the parts, some clapping and string plucking. Rhythmically insistent, constantly changing metres. The pounding ostinato bass-line requires stamina.

Hamilton: Riding the Rails
1 piano, 6 hands

Intermediate: Grade 6-7

Depicts a typical train journey from start to finish. Long. Stamina is required for some of the ostinato passages.

Hamilton: Mobile
2 piano, 8 hands

Intermediate: Grade 7-8

Conceived as a theatrical performance, including directions on how to walk on stage. Each player also requires a mobile phone loaded with a piano keyboard. Rhythmically challenging and would take considerable rehearsal.

Holmes: A Tedious Brief Scene: Bottom's Dance
2 piano, 8 hands

Intermediate: Grade 6-7

Programmatic. Allegro con moto. Murmuring semiquaver ostinati provide an active background to the melodic material. Rhythmically advanced, with polyrhythms.

Norman: Deck the Bells (with yuletide folly)
1 piano, 8 hands

Intermediate: Grade 6-7

A romp through well-known Christmas carols. Effervescent, clever and humorous. Extremely sociable (four players at one piano).

Rimmer: Hammerheads
2 pianos, 8 hands

Professional: Diploma+

 Dissonant idiom, percussive and fragmented.

Utting: Onslow College Suite
2 pianos, 6 hands
Intermediate: Grade 7-8Energy and attitude with a peaceful central interlude. Strong character, changing metre and polyrhythms.