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175 Exertudes, Book 2: Intermediate

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

By Donald Waxman

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175 Exertudes, Book 2: Intermediate (Short Pieces for Technical Development and the Exploration of Contemporary Musical Language). Composed by Donald Waxman. For piano. Etudes. SMP Level 4 (Intermediate). Collection. 25 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.1.3353).

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.

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 3-4.

About SMP Level 4 (Intermediate)

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Introduction of 4-note chords and sixteenth notes. Hand movement covering 2 to 3 octaves.

  • Scale Passages in Contrary Motion 
  • Accented and Staccato Triads 
  • Whole Tone Figure in Contrary Motion 
  • Change of Fingers - Change of Meters 
  • Rapid Left Hand Crossovers 
  • Triads in Alternating Hands 
  • Cluster Chords with Releasing Fingers 
  • Extensions in Pentatonic Mode 
  • Independence of Fingers in Broken Triad Positions 
  • Five Finger Pattern in Two Keys 
  • Five Finger Pattern in Contrary Motion 
  • Broken Octaves 
  • Five Finger Pattern and Extension with a Variation 
  • Rapid Right Hand Repetitions 
  • Alternating Broken Triads 
  • Relay of Triads Up and Down the Scale 
  • Scale and Triads in G Major 
  • Alternation of 5ths 
  • Independence of Fingers in Cluster Chords 
  • Coordination of White Key Pattern and a Black Key Pattern 
  • Staccato and Tenuto 125 Triads 
  • Independence of 2, 3, and 4 
  • Triplet Figures in Contrary Motion 
  • Five Finger Black Key Pattern in Augmentation 
  • Right Hand Phrased Groups, Left Hand Crossovers 
  • Changing Positions be "Inchworm" Technique 
  • Chromatic Scale in Contrary and Parallel Motion 
  • Legato 3rds and 4ths 
  • Left Hand Broken Chord and Accompaniment (Alberti Bass) 
  • Chromatic and Diatonic Five Finger Patterns in Contrary Motion 
  • D Scale in Augmentation, Inversion, Parallel and Contrary Motion 
  • Right Hand Legato Double Notes, Left Hand Broken Octaves 
  • 6ths in Wrist Staccato 
  • Two Over Thumb in a Three Finger Passage 
  • Five Finger Passages in Parallel 10ths 

175 Exertudes, Book 2: Intermediate

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

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