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A duet is a musical composition for two performers. In classical music, the term is most often used for a composition for two singers or pianists. A piece performed by two pianists performing together on the same piano is referred to as "piano duet" or "piano four hands". A piece for two pianists performing together on separate pianos is referred to as a "piano duo".
When Mozart was young, he and his sister Marianne played a duet of his composition at a London concert in 1765. While young, he helped introduce what a duet is. The four-hand, described as a duet, was in many of his compositions which included five sonatas; a set of variations, two performers and one instrument, and a sonata for two pianos. These mark the beginning of duet history. The first published sonata or duet was in 1777.
In the 19th century different combinations of four-hand piano were published in every musical genre. On the radio, a duet was blend with different instruments such as a performance of an orchestra.[clarification needed What?] The 19th century shows that a duet is used in many different cultures.
"Duet" is also used as a verb for the act of performing a musical duet, or colloquially as a noun to refer to the performers of a duet. The word is also occasionally used in reference to non-musical activities performed together by two people.
- Miller, H.-M. (1943). The Earliest Keyboard Duets. The Musical Quarterly, 29(4), 438–457.
- Christensen, T. (1999). Four-Hand Piano. Journal of the American Musicological Society, 52(2) 255–298
- The dictionary definition of duet at Wiktionary
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