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Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 128 (NFMC)

By Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

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Piano - Advanced
Composed by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee (1938-) and Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee (1938-). Edited by Diane Andersen and Helen Marlais. Performance. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. This title is on the 2011-2012-2013 National Federation of Music Clubs list.. Contemporary. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1014).

Item Number: FJ.J1014
ISBN 1-56939-494-6. Contemporary.

Extremely positive in nature' has been said to describe the character of Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 128. The energy of this four-movement sonata is derived from its maestoso first movement'executed with feelings of happiness - and proceeded by its molto energico e presto second movement - performed with joy and excitement. The third movement, expressive and packed with emotion and rubato, guides the student into the fourth movement, titled Toccata, a work presented with boundless energy! This movement may also be performed as a separate piece.

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