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175 Exertudes, Book 5: Advanced II

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

By Donald Waxman

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Piano - SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate)
Short Pieces for Technical Development and the Exploration of Contemporary Musical Language. Composed by Donald Waxman. Etudes. Collection. 43 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.1.3356).

Item Number: EC.1.3356


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 6-7.

About SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate)

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4 to 5-note chords in both hands and scales in octaves in both hands.

  • Independence of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fingers 
  • Legato 4ths in Contrary and Parallel Motion 
  • Slow Trill Figures with Holding Notes 
  • Alternating Repetitions of 3rds 
  • Crossunders and Crossovers 
  • Rapid Scale Sections in D 
  • Rapid Four Finger White and Black Key Pattern 
  • Major and Minor Scale Figure in Inversion and Contrary Motion 
  • Independence of Thumb, 4th and 5th Fingers 
  • Alternation of White and Black Key 5ths 
  • Arpeggios of Overlapping 7th Chords 
  • Independence of 2nd and 3rd Fingers 
  • Broken Octave Chords 
  • Chromatic Pattern in Augmentation 
  • Alternating Parallel 5ths 
  • The Pattern 2125 in Opposing Hands 
  • Black Key Clusters with Releasing Fingers 
  • Rapid Repeated Two Finger Pattern 
  • Alternating White and Black Key Thirds 
  • The Intervals Hand over Hand 
  • Staccato and Legato Octaves 
  • 7ths and Broken 7ths 
  • Rapid E-flat Scale Sections in Parallel and Contrary Motion 
  • Rapid Broken 5ths 
  • Alternation of 125 Triads 
  • Broken Octaves 
  • Consecutive Broken 4ths 
  • Accented Half Step Phrases in Parallel and Contrary Motion 
  • White Key 5ths and Black Key 4ths 
  • Thumb Accents in Broken Chord Patterns 
  • Two Note Repetitions with Extensions 
  • Alternation of 3rds with Thumb in Broken Chords 
  • Exchange of Tritones 
  • Embellished Broken Chords 
  • First Inversion Chords in Alternating Hands