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On the Banks of the Nile

Later Elementary Level

By Magdy Halim Mikhail

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On the Banks of the Nile (Later Elementary Level). Composed by Magdy Halim Mikhail. For Piano/Keyboard. Willis. Late Elementary. 4 pages. Willis Music #12417. Published by Willis Music (HL.406571).

Description: The Nile river gently flows in the left-hand figure as the essentially four-note right-hand motive-perhaps suggesting ancient pyramids and temples-is played four times (with slight variation in the last two.) A middle section introduces an eight-measure contrasting idea that is repeated with variation before there is a return to the opening idea.

Purpose: To create and sustain an atmosphere of suspended time.

Suggestions for Instruction: Try to sustain the atmosphere by using a smooth legato touch and tasteful use of the sustaining pedal. Feel that you are looking back at an ancient civilization through the mist of time.

Key: A minor.