This Sonata for Two Pianos is the piece that began the “Mozart Effect.” This particular piece has been proven to increase spatial reasoning, while the argument about it making you smarter is still unfounded.
This duo was written in the late 1920’s while Martinů lived in Paris. It features a beautiful cello cadenza, sometimes cut due to its difficulty. The work features a number of very difficult technical challenges for both performers.
Written while staying in Iowa, Dvořák’s “American” quintet was composed immediately following the similarly named string quartet. This work features the composer’s setting for My Country ’tis of Thee.