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175 Exertudes, Book 1: Early Intermediate

Short Pieces for Technical Development and the Exploration of Contemporary Musical Language

By Donald Waxman

Piano - SMP Level 2 (Late Elementary)
Short Pieces for Technical Development and the Exploration of Contemporary Musical Language. Composed by Donald Waxman. Etudes. Collection. 25 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.1.3352).

Item Number: EC.1.3352


These pieces represent a new form developed by Donald Waxman that lies midway between an exercise and a short etude and written in the accessible contemporary language that has distinguished the pedagogical compositions of the composer. Graded in five books from early intermediate to advanced, these "exertudes," many of them only two or three lines long, exploit every aspect of finger, wrist and arm techniques and exemplify the many facets of contemporary musical language such as chromaticism, pandiatonicism, quartal harmonies, interval writing, whole tone and pentatonic modes, etc.

About SMP Level 2 (Late Elementary)

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5-finger patterns still used but position changes are more frequent including one octave scale passages. Some 3 note chords.

  • Broken 3rds in C Major 
  • Five Finger Pattern with Thumb Holds 
  • The Intervals Hand over Hand 
  • Pedaled Skips 
  • Five Note Black Key Pattern in Parallel and Contrary Motion 
  • Three Finger Pattern in Parallel Motion 
  • Two Finger Crossovers 
  • Whole Tone Positions 
  • Legato 3rds in Alternating Hands 
  • Five Finger Contrary Motion 
  • Three Finger Pattern in Cross Rhythms 
  • Broken Major, Minor, 145 and 125 Triads 
  • Broken 3rds in D Major and D Minor 
  • Legato and Staccato 
  • Left Hand Crossovers with Pedal 
  • Triads in Alternating Hands 
  • The Pattern 1452 in Contrary Motion 
  • Two Note Repetitions 
  • Overlapping Five Finger Groups 
  • Four Finger Pattern in Staccato and Legato 
  • Legato Passages with 3rds 
  • 5ths in Parallel and Contrary Motion 
  • Legato Phrasing Between Hands 
  • Alternating 3rds 
  • Four Finger Repetitions 
  • 5ths and Broken 5ths 
  • Chromatic Passages in Contrary Motion No. 2 
  • Staccato 3rds in Contrary Motion 
  • Triads in a Syncopated Pattern 
  • Ratings + Reviews

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  • November 19, 2008 A Modern Way to Teach Technique

    Intermediate students (especially teenagers) will enjoy the modern sounds of this collection of exercises.

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