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175 Exertudes, Book 4: Advanced I

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

By Donald Waxman

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Piano - SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate)
Short Pieces for Technical Development and the Exploration of Contemporary Musical Language. Composed by Donald Waxman. Etudes. Collection. 34 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.1.3355).

Item Number: EC.1.3355


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 5-6.

About SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate)

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4-note chords in both hands with large stretches and leaps. Irregular and complicated rhythms.

  • Broken 4ths in Contrary Motion 
  • Exchange of Broken Triads 
  • Right Hand Crossovers 
  • Held Notes in Stretch Positions 
  • Legato 5ths and 3rds Through the Circle of 3rds 
  • Grace Notes 
  • Crossunders and Crossovers in Contrary Motion 
  • Opposing 4th Chords 
  • Black Key Figuration in Contrary Motion 
  • Rapid Four Finger Passages in Parallel 6ths and 5ths 
  • Measured Whole and Half Step Trills 
  • Repetition of 3rds in Alternating Hands 
  • Consecutive 4ths 
  • Independence of 5th Finger and Thumb 
  • The Pattern 5241 
  • Alternation of Two Note Repetitions 
  • Five Finger Passages and Two Note Phrases over a Broken Octave Ostinato 
  • Alternating Black and White Key Whole Steps 
  • Five Finger Pattern in Parallel 6ths 
  • Bass Skips 
  • Legato 3rds and 4ths 
  • Right Hand Finger Independence 
  • A Major Scale as Accompaniment Figure 
  • Chromatic Pattern in Augmentation and Contrary Motion 
  • "Inchworms" and Crossovers 
  • Legato Black Key 2nds and White Key 3rds 
  • Major and Chromatic Scale Passages 
  • Parallel Progression of a Three Note Pattern 
  • Legato 3rds 
  • Pattern of Alternating Fingers and Thumb 
  • Right Hand Four Note Pattern 
  • Legato 3rds in Contrary and Parallel Motion 
  • Three Note Pattern with Holding Notes 
  • Parallel Scale Passages in Irregular Meters 
  • Two over Thumb in Contrary Motion