Pianist, Teacher, Composer
The most recent addition to this successful series is this 12-piece collection, strongly rooted in the classical music tradition – polonaises, serenades, barcarolles, toccatas, rhapsodies – that also contains jazz and Latin music. Written by 11 composers, these works will capture the attention of audiences and showcase the virtuosic abilities of the advancing pianist, either with technical bravura, emotional intensity or with jazz prowess. Titles include: Incognito; Danza; True Blue; Bossa Pipa; Toccata in A Minor; and Rhapsody in D-flat.
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Storyville is a collection of eight piano solos with optional accompaniment that introduces students to the riches of ragtime, blues and rock'n'roll. Simple yet sophisticated, the titles tour famous American cities where popular styles originated: Georgia Nights – a gospel blues tune; Bogalusa Blues – a Louisiana Delta blues style; Sweet Sedalia – a ragtime piece named after the city where Scott Joplin launched his career; Memphis Madness – a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis; and others. No key signatures are used (accidentals are placed in front of the notes). Students of any age will enjoy playing through this collection – can be used for sight reading for higher level students. Visit FJH for sample pages.
The Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues – This intermediate duet (1p 4h) is a showpiece for two intermediate level performers looking for a crowd pleaser that’s great fun to play. Yes, this is the same tune that inspired Rzewski’s famous solo work on the same theme, but in a much more traditional “barrelhouse” blues setting. Visit PianoSpot to order, and visit the links below for program notes and sample pages:
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Suite in G – This suite is intended as an introduction to the works of Bach. Each movement of the suite was written to follow traditional baroque conventions while remaining comfortable and accessible to the intermediate level pianist. The difficulty level is similar to that found in the Anna Magdalena Notebook, and care was taken to ensure each piece fits naturally under the hand. Helpful fingering, articulation, and phrasing markings have been added as an aid in baroque interpretation. The suite opens with a prelude and contains an Allemande, Corrente, Sarabande, Passepied, Minuet, Bourree, Gavotte, and Gigue. Visit Sheetmusicplus.com to view sample pages and order your copy.
Gumshoes – This collection of jazz solos provides intermediate pianists with a variety of interesting and appealing pieces suitable for any occasion. Visit Sheetmusicplus.com to see sample pages and purchase your copy.
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