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Watercolors for Ten Fingers

By Martin Kutnowski

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Piano - Intermediate through Early Advanced
Composed by Martin Kutnowski. Edited by Helen Marlais. Performance. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. Contemporary. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1021).

Item Number: FJ.J1021
ISBN 1-56939-669-8. Contemporary.

This collection of short piano images for children and adults is suitable for pianists from intermediate to early advanced levels. The pieces show poetic hints of Schumann and Chopin along with references to Latin American folk music.

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.

  • Notes from the Composer 
  • A Special Note to Students 
  • Ojos Azules 
  • One Slimy Caterpillar 
  • Fallen Leaves 
  • Fire Mountain 
  • Crawling Spiders 
  • The Lost Lizard 
  • Music Box 
  • Rainbow 
  • Chorale 
  • Sunset Milonga 
  • Puppet Tango 
  • Etude in Dzjee Mijor 
  • Sailing Around 
  • Candombe 

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  • 5

    Colleen, San Francisco
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  • May 21, 2013 Interesting Music!

    Some of the pieces are challenging for me, but they are a lot of fun to put together!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Denver, CO
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  • March 05, 2009 Fun for the students

    Great book, lots of fun for the students and also for the teacher.

    21 of 41 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Vancouver, BC
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  • December 31, 2007 Tender Humor and Metaphor

    This collection is very artistic and full of tenderness and humor, the kind particularly effective for young students. The songs are real masterpieces, and remind me of Bartok's Songs for Children, except that they are stylistically more eclectic. My favorite are the Crawling Spiders, Puppet Tango, and Candombe. Kutnowski...

    is an excellent composer.

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    22 of 56 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Yokohama, Japan
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  • December 22, 2007 A wonderful collection

    This collection is highly original and very interesting from a technical point of view. Each piece tells an amazing story, in one page. Very colorful watercolors!

    18 of 34 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Pensacola, FL
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  • December 14, 2007 Excellent!

    This is a truly fantastic book. All the pieces are full of character and a pleasure to learn and play. My favorites are The Lost Lizard and Puppet Tango.

    17 of 36 people found this review helpful.
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