Tenement Rhapsody

for Two Pianos

Amanda Harberg (composer)


  • Piano 1
  • Piano 2


Harberg’s TENEMENT RHAPSODY brings both the percussive and the expressive potential of two pianos to life in a work depicting her experience living in New York City. Subway is a jagged, jazzy dance full of virtuosic and contrapuntal interplay. At Home offers the emotional center with melodic and lush materials. At Play features a humorous energy inspired by life behind the composer’s apartment door as her 14-month-old explored his universe with eager eyes and the swagger of a drunken sailor. A recording of TENEMENT RHAPSODY can be found at https://youtu.be/EOTlYTKeZi8 .   "It's a perfect example of a voice that marries a lifetime of inhaling the world's piano literature, with jazz idioms and propulsive rhythm. Like the first movement, a whirlwind of Prokofieff-spiked colors peppered with chunky blue notes ... or the lyrical second movement, soaked in open mid-century American-harmonies-almost like a rippling reflection of Barber's Nocturne... or the energetic closing movement's homage to Mr. Gershwin." (Jonathan Newman)
SKU: 110-41811
Duration: 12:00
Dedication: Dedicated to Zelma Bodzin
Commission Notice: Commissioned by the New York State Music Teachers Association
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Product Type: Set of Performance Scores
Page count: 72
UPC: 6-80160-62467-6
ISBN: 978-1-4911-3473-3
I. Subway
II. At Home
III. At Play
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