TOTENTANZ for 4 hands!

We have finally managed to make one of our musical dreams come true: to introduce the public to Franz Liszt’s majestic Totentanz in the version for piano four hands!

It all began in 2018 when, in search of engaging repertoire to propose in concert halls, we learned of the transcription of the Paraphrase on the “Dies Irae” by the well-known duo Tsuyuki&Rosenboom.

Since we could not find it, we decided to contact them and, surprisingly, we received the score from the duo itself (lucky to live in the 21st century!).


The concert we held at the Auditorium Lattuada, organized by the Fondazione La Societ√† dei Concerti in Milan fell on the lovers’ day, 14 February.

And here the question arises: is it appropriate to propose a hellish dance on Valentine’s Day?

Those of you who know us well know how much we like challenges, and we couldn’t resist the idea of creating a real path, led by a rather evocative, theatrical, varied musical figure, but often reduced to a simple effect: we are talking about the glissando!

Oh yes, the glissando has taken on the role of main character, first as a symbol of the desire for freedom and light-heartedness in Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, then as the incarnation of religious ascents to Paradise and ruinous infernal falls in Totentanz, and finally as an emblem of refined sensuality and complicity in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

What better ending to wish a happy Valentine’s Day evening from the Boidi Piano Duo?!