Piano reduction

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Two hand piano reduction of the "Lacrimosa" from Mozart's Requiem, arranged by Franz Liszt. About this sound play 
Full score of the "Lacrimosa" from Mozart's Requiem. About this sound play 

A piano reduction is sheet music for the piano (a piano score) that was once music for other instruments that was reduced as kind of projection to its most basic components within a two line staff for piano. It is also considered a style of orchestration or music arrangement less well known as contraction scoring, a subset of elastic scoring.

Many definitions are circular. "A piano reduction is a piano score reduced from an original orchestral score."[1] "A piano reduction is (1) a reduction and (2) for the piano."[2]

According to Arnold Schoenberg, a piano reduction should, "only be like the view of a sculpture from one viewpoint," and that advises that timbre and thickness should largely be ignored since, "the attempt to make a useful object equally usable for a variety of purposes is usually the way to spoil it completely."[3]

Two hand piano reduction of the "Lacrimosa" from Mozart's Requiem, arranged by Carl Czerny. About this sound play 
Four hand piano reduction of the "Lacrimosa" from Mozart's Requiem, arranged by Czerny. About this sound play 

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  1. ^ Smith, Richard Langham (1997). Debussy Studies, p.5. ISBN 9780521460903.
  2. ^ Schoenberg, Arnold (1975). "The Modern Piano Reduction", Style and Idea: Selected Writings of Arnold Schoenberg, p.348. ISBN 9780520052949.
  3. ^ Kregor, Jonathan (2010). Liszt as Transcriber, p.22. ISBN 9780521117777.