Watercolors for Ten Fingers by Martin Kutnowski. Edited by Helen Marlais. For piano. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. Contemporary. Intermediate through Early Advanced. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1021).
ISBN 1-56939-669-8. Contemporary.
This collection of short piano images for children and adults is suitable for pianists from intermediate to early advanced levels. The pieces show poetic hints of Schumann and Chopin along with references to Latin American folk music.
About FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions
The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions is a series that focuses on the best contemporary music for keyboard of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. These collected works by some of today's leading art-music composers will expand a student's concept of rhythm, harmony, sound, and texture. While the composers invited to write for this series use a colorful palette of contemporary techniques and textures, they were selected for their strong musical voices, which ensure that the ultimate goal of musical communication is never lost.
Too often, both students and teachers get discouraged with contemporary compositions because of their avant-garde sound. This series addresses that concern by providing excellent music which is both contemporary and intuitively musical. Contemporary performance practices such as depressing keys silently, cluster sounds, pedal effects, knocking on the keyboard, contemporary harmonies, jazz idioms, bitonality, modes, mixed and changing meters, and 12-tone techniques challenge the student to listen for new rhythmic gestures and tonal colors and expand their interpretive capacity.
While expanding students' horizons, this series helps to confirm and reinforce the musical and technical concepts they are learning in their other repertoire. The natural musicality present in each of these pieces demands the same kind of careful attention that we expect from the standard canon of repertoire.
This series is carefully leveled into the following categories: elementary, intermediate, early advanced, and advanced. Each of the works has been selected for its artistic as well as its pedagogical merit.
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December 31, 2007
Tender Humor and Metaphor
This collection is very artistic and full of tenderness and humor, the kind particularly effective for young students. The songs are real masterpieces, and remind me of Bartok's Songs for Children, except that they are stylistically more eclectic. My favorite are the Crawling Spiders, Puppet Tango, and Candombe. Kutnowski is...
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