An Overheard Tune for two pianos
The outer sections of the composition present a simple, somewhat teasing march theme, which the two performers pass between them “from one hand to the other”. In the middle section a lyrical melody emerges. Both themes sound almost naive when taken out of their context, yet are approached in a sophisticated manner: The composer unexpectedly shifts the march theme between major and minor modes, has one pianist play in a key different from that of his or her partner, and introduces irregularities to add variety to the monotonous rhythm.
The march fragments bring to mind
the music of Prokofiev, while the cantilena part resembles Bartók’s works. This
comes as no surprise – after all, the Melody