On the Banks of the Nile
Piano/Keyboard - Late Elementary
Later Elementary Level. Composed by Magdy Halim Mikhail. Willis. Willis Music #12417. Published by Willis Music (HL.406571).
Item Number: 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.
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