The Cat and the Mouse
Solo piano - SMP Level 10 (Advanced); NFMC Level: Musically Advanced Class 1
Composed by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). Edited by Jane Magrath. Masterworks; Piano Solo; Solo. Alfred Masterworks Editions. Early Advanced level piece for the Piano Solo event with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Festivals Bulletin 2008-2009-2010. 20th Century. Single piece. With standard notation and fingerings (does not include words to the songs). 7 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.16736).
Item Number: AP.16736
ISBN 0739007947. 9x12 inches.
Aaron Copland's "Scherzo Humoristique," written in 1920, is indeed musically humorous as it depicts the skittering rodent and sinister feline in a demanding, but very enjoyable etude setting, using complex 1/16 note patterns, glissando, grace notes, chromatic scale work, and a generous use of the entire keyboard. There are sudden shifts in tempo and dynamics, and the performer tells a definite story, albeit without narration. Large hand reaches, sometimes 9ths, are required on some of the full block chords. A Federation Festivals 2014-2016 selection.
List/syllabus: Federation Festivals 2014-2016; Royal Conservatory List 2015.
About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.