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Hermann Berens

(b. Hamburg 1826, d. Stockholm 1880)

Berens settled in Sweden in 1847 and became a teacher of composition at the Stockholm Conservatory in 1861. He was for a time piano teacher to the Queen of Sweden, Queen Lovisa.

He was noted for his piano compositions, many of which are for the young, novice pianist. The twenty-seven duets that make up the Op.62 set exploit a primo part in five finger position, where both hands move in parallel movement (an octave apart). The rhythms used progress from primarily whole note values to significantly varied subdivisions of the beat, and provide a useful source of rhythmic material for the developing pianist.