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An American Portrait: Scenes From The Great Plains

By Valerie Roth Roubos

Solo piano - SMP Level 5 (Intermediate); NFMC Level: Medium Class
Composed by Valerie Roth Roubos. Performance. Composers In Focus. A collection of spirited solos by Valerie Roth Roubos. 20th Century. Collection. With standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.FF1317).

Item Number: FJ.FF1317

ISBN 1-56939-253-6. With standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 20th Century. 9x12 inches.

Commisioned by the South Dakota Music teachers Association, in conjunction with the Music Teachers National Association, South Dakota Suite is an outstanding recital piece consisting of six colorful and wonderfully varied movements for the intermediate pianist.

About FJH Composers in Focus

Composers in Focus is a series of original piano collections celebrating the creative artistry of contemporary composers. It is through the work of these composers that the piano teaching repertoire is enlarged and enhanced.

About SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)

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Seventh chords and melodies in both hands. More difficult note reading with ledger lines above and below the staff.

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Derry, NH
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • March 28, 2008 Really fun to play

    I have a tendency to work on one difficult (grades 6,7) piece at a time, and it takes me months to put one together. It's fun and satisfying when it finally gets there, but I wanted to find something that I could work through in a much shorter...

    time span as well. This collection fits perfectly. The pieces are pretty easy to slog through on a first read, and will probably not take much time to work up to speed, but they sound great. Ms. Roubos seems to have a knack for writing not-too-difficult music that is still interesting and pleasant to listen to in its own right. I'll definitely be giving her other collections a try. This collection has a distinctly Native American and Western feel to it mixed throughout (to my ears, anyway). If that sounds at all interesting to you, then I think this is definitely worth the price!

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