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Searching for Extended classical works with just piano accompaniment

I live in a part of the world where almost all orchestral players are tied up with other commitments during December when we have our concerts, so I'm always putting together programs that feature just piano or piano and percussion accompaniment. As a community chorus with people of many religious faiths we try to steer away from Christmas themes. Any recommendations of "classical" works that you've performed that worked well with this accompaniment would be most welcome!
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on August 14, 2014 12:01pm
I can think of a few right off:
Dello Joio:  Jubilant Song – written for the conditions you mention
Fine:  Choral New Yorker – even has a movement called “pianiola” to show off the instrument
Corigliano:  Fern Hill – originally for string orchestra but the vocal score’s natural percussiveness adds a special flavor to this wonderful work.
Orff:  Cartulli Carmina – two thirds acapella, one third 4 pianos and percussion
Stravinsky:  Les Noces  - also 4 pianos and percussion
Please also look at my own Map of the World – while no where near as serious as the above masterpieces, it was written with piano in mind and is a lot of fun to do.  You’ll find it for free at
We need a lot more major works for choir and piano; I’m really looking forward to reading everyone’s ideas.
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
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on August 14, 2014 2:38pm
Hi Jon,
The first thing that came to mind was:
Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes (op. 52) SATB + piano four hands
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
on August 14, 2014 3:04pm
Thompson: Frostiana
Pinkham: Wedding Cantata
Dello Joio: Song of the Open Road
Mozart: Te Deum
Foss: Psalms (2 pianos) 2 cents.
Rick Bartlett
on August 14, 2014 4:41pm
There's a Mozart Te Deum that has just piano accompaniment?
Best regards,
Jerome Hoberman
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on August 15, 2014 11:26am
All of the Brahms choral orchestral works were originally published with piano-four-hand options. There is an excellent recording of the Requiem by the chamber choir Accentus.
Similarly, the piano four hand version of the Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream music is valid.
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