“Handbook of Notes” is a suite for four hands composed of five songs. In 1985, this suite was composed for Toshiba EMI as teaching material for schools. Miyoshi enjoyed the works of Mozart and Schubert when he was a child and he expresses this pleasure in his duet. To him, the pleasure was the wonder and excitement that one piano started breathing as if it was alive by his hands and other hands.
Prelude (about 2’)
The nostalgic theme by Primo’s right hand is expanded in ternary form, supported by three other hands.
Passepied (about 1’30”)
The lively theme, indicated Staccato Accentuare, is repeated in the light two-meter. The distinction is brilliant, between the lively section and the contrasting section indicating Legato.
Romance (about 2’30”)
The beautiful theme is played in long breath, taking a rhythm of six-eighth. The dreamy middle section is interposed in ternary form.
Courante (about 1’)
In the flow of twelve-eighths, this song develops humorously, having ternary form and additional end part.
Finale (about 2’)
This piece is also written in ternary form, starting with Primo’s rapid triplet and Secondo’s sharp chromatic scale. The breathtaking interaction between two persons makes the real pleasure of duet.