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Preludes, Volume 2

By Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

Piano - SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate)
Composed by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee (1938-) and Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee (1938-). Edited by Rebecca Raffaelli and Helen Marlais. Performance. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. Contemporary. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1018).

Item Number: FJ.J1018

ISBN 1-56939-634-5. Contemporary.

This two-volume collection of preludes contains short character pieces with a wide range of emotional expression and a wide range of technical demands from intermediate to advanced. The performer may decide to program these preludes as single pieces or i
While written in part as pedagogical exercises, these preludes are beautifully constructed miniatures that take an honored place among the preludes of Chopin, Bach, and Scriabin. They are written as single compositions rather than in cycles like the preludes of Bach and Chopin. Some reflect the rhythms and dance forms found in the music of modernists like Ginastera and Ligeti and many are neo-romantic in style with emotionally expressive melodic content.

About FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions

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.

While expanding students' horizons, this series helps to confirm and reinforce the musical and technical concepts they are learning in their other repertoire. The natural musicality present in each of these pieces demands the same kind of careful attention that we expect from the standard canon of repertoire.

This series is carefully leveled into the following categories: elementary, intermediate, early advanced, and advanced. Each of the works has been selected for its artistic as well as its pedagogical merit.

About SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate)

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4-note chords in both hands with large stretches and leaps. Irregular and complicated rhythms.

  • Prelude (Twilight), Op. 69 (Late Intermediate) 
  • Two Raffaelli Preludes, Op. 125 (Early Advanced) 
  • --Prelude (Meditation), Op. 125, No.1 
  • --Prelude (With Great Joy), Op. 125, No. 2 
  • Prelude (Intchu?), Op. 54 (Advanced) 
  • Three Preludes, Op. 68 (Advanced) 
  • --Prelude Op. 68, No. 1 
  • --Prelude Op. 68, No. 2 
  • --Prelude Op. 68, No. 3 
  • Prelude (Rendevous), Op. 122 (Advanced) 
  • Prelude (Hommage a Ligeti), Op. 123 (Advanced) 
  • Prelude (A Vibrant Spirit), Op. 128, No. 2 (Advanced) 
  • Two Preludes, Op. 140 (Advanced) 
  • --Prelude (Champagne petillant), Op. 140, No. 1 
  • --Prelude (Imploration), Op. 140, No. 2 
  • Three Preludes, Op. 120 (Advanced) 
  • --Prelude (Dans l'excitation du retour), Op. 120, No. 1 
  • --Prelude (Ensemble), Op. 120, No. 2 
  • --Prelude (Au revoir), Op. 120, No. 3 
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  • December 26, 2007 One of America's best composers

    Diane Goolkasian Rahbee is simply one of Americas finest contemporary composers. Her music covers a spectrum of technical levels from intermediate to Professional, and exploits evocative moods and imaginative new sounds. While her music may be dissonant at times it never seems arbitrary, but rather explorations of tension and release...

    - of creativity itself. Volume 2 contains some longer and more demanding works, but both Volumes present a doorway into the music of this fine composer.

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