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The Cat and the Mouse

By Aaron Copland

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Solo piano - SMP Level 10 (Advanced); NFMC Level: Musically Advanced Class 1
Composed by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). Edited by Jane Magrath. Masterworks; Piano Solo; Solo. Alfred Masterworks Editions. Early Advanced level piece for the Piano Solo event with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Festivals Bulletin 2008-2009-2010. 20th Century. Single piece. Standard notation and fingerings (does not include words to the songs). 7 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.16736).

Item Number: AP.16736
ISBN 0739007947. With standard notation and fingerings (does not include words to the songs). 20th Century. 9x12 inches.

Aaron Copland's "Scherzo Humoristique," written in 1920, is indeed musically humorous as it depicts the skittering rodent and sinister feline in a demanding, but very enjoyable etude setting, using complex 1/16 note patterns, glissando, grace notes, chromatic scale work, and a generous use of the entire keyboard. There are sudden shifts in tempo and dynamics, and the performer tells a definite story, albeit without narration. Large hand reaches, sometimes 9ths, are required on some of the full block chords. A Federation Festivals 2014-2016 selection.
List/syllabus: Federation Festivals 2014-2016; Royal Conservatory List 2015.

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