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Dance Preludes (NFMC)

By Timothy Brown

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Piano - Advanced
Composed by Timothy Brown. Edited by Phyllis Lehrer and Helen Marlais. Performance. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. This title is on the 2011-2012-2013 National Federation of Music Clubs list.. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1025).

Item Number: FJ.J1025
ISBN 1-56939-764-3.

Inspired by Witold Lutoslawki's approach to form and melody, Timothy Brown has created this innovative work consisting of five preludes for the advanced pianist. Written for two pianists, this duet features simple folk-like melodies that are combined with mixed meters, dissonance, bitonality and other challenging contemporary devices. Dance Preludes is a colorful experimentation in timbre and tone color!

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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.

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