By Pamela Y. Dees, Pamela Youngdahl Dees
Designed as a realistic reference advisor for pro pianists and piano lecturers, A consultant to Piano track through girls Composers, quantity I, is an annotated catalogue of the on hand piano tune in print composed through a hundred and forty four ladies born ahead of the twentieth century. The paintings additionally beneficial properties biographies and broad bibliographical info for every composer. prepared alphabetically via composer into different types together with unmarried works, collections, and anthologies, the tune is usually defined when it comes to grade point, style, temper, sort features, and technical requisites, and levels in hassle from overdue basic to virtuoso live performance repertoire. a ways too many lecturers, scholars, specialist musicians, and audiences are ignorant of the contributions made through girls in track, and of the sweetness and benefit in their particular compositions. This reference paintings offers a useful addition to the present literature.
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Op. 11/2. (D-flat major, 3/4, andantino, 5 pp). A series of parallel sixths. Op. 11/6. (A major, 6/8, allegretto grazioso). Continually shifting arpeggios support a melody played in octaves. Trois morceaux, Op. 15. Late Intermediate to Early Advanced. Op. 15/1. Serenade. Level: Late Intermediate. (F major, in 4, andantino, 3 pp). Serene, symmetrical phrases arch over a gently strummed bass in this unhurried portrait of summer twilight in the north. Melodious trills and flourishes decorate the contrasting center section.
Graceful and playful, with the echoes of fìn-du-siècle Vienna, like a waltz from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. The work is firmly tonal, but there is a continual play of colors from non-functional sliding harmonies and added-note chords. Op. 148/3. Level: Late Intermediate. (G major, 2/4, allegro con delicatezza). A tentative, tip-toeing melody is played against staccato fourths and fifths in cakewalk rhythms, alternated between hands. Rapid changes of register make this work harder than it appears.
54/2. Level: Early Advanced. (D minor, cut time, vivace, 6 pp). A light and lively dance with octave passages, long trills, and some very rapid scales. Les Reves de Columbine Op. 65/1-5 ( Suite Française; Columbine’s Dreams). Level: LateIntermediate/Early-Advanced. La Fée de la Fontaine [The Fairy of the Fountain] Op. 65/1. Level: Late-Intermediate/Early-Advanced. (A major, 4/4, andante con calma, 4 pp). Shifting, murmuring harmonies support a static melody, interspersed with occasional glittering splashes of 32nd and 16th notes.