Our small church was recently bequeathed a fine 7 foot grand, which pairs incredibly nicely with our current 7 foot grand.

I’m thinking of an inaugural concert, featuring the Brahms Requiem, accompanied by two pianos, 4 hands.

IMSLP has this accompaniment, arranged by August Grüters.

Does anyone have experience with this edition, or have any pro/con suggestions or thoughts about pursuing this project to feature these two pianos?


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    Sounds like a good idea to me. I can't think of much else to say about it. What kinds of answers wert you hoping for?
    – phoog
    Commented May 24, 2023 at 6:09
  • This version of the requiem was played in 2012 on the incomplete construction site of what would become the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (elbphilharmonie.de/de/archiv/human-requiem/3445). By all accounts, it was an amazingly memorable event. Commented May 24, 2023 at 6:27
  • @KilianFoth that page indicates that the version performed was the version for (one) piano four hands, which is the composer's own, not the arrangement for two pianos four hands by Grüters.
    – phoog
    Commented May 24, 2023 at 6:53
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    Since there is a canonical 4-hands arrangement by Brahms himself I think this should work quite well, with maybe more power in the forte passages and improved independence of voices. But why don’t you simply look for a performance like this youtube.com/watch?v=Gx3FxPwhFJ4 and checkout if it suits you taste and is technically viable.
    – Lazy
    Commented May 24, 2023 at 7:00
  • Welcome! Please read about how to make sure questions can have specific answers. Stack exchange, unlike many forums, isn't geared for "everyone say everything you can think of on a given topic; discuss." I suggest editing the question if you already have specific concerns in mind. Commented May 24, 2023 at 15:58


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