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175 Exertudes, Book 3: Late Intermediate

Short Pieces for Technical Development and the Exploration of Contemporary Musical Language

By Donald Waxman

Piano - SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)
Short Pieces for Technical Development and the Exploration of Contemporary Musical Language. Composed by Donald Waxman. Piano Supplementary Collections/Solos. Secular. Collection. Galaxy Music Corporation #1.3354. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (EC.1.3354).

Item Number: EC.1.3354

These pieces represent a new form developed by Donald Waxman that lies midway between an exercise and a short etude and written in the accessible contemporary language that has distinguished the pedagogical compositions of the composer. Graded in five books from early intermediate to advanced, these "exertudes," many of them only two or three lines long, exploit every aspect of finger, wrist and arm techniques and exemplify the many facets of contemporary musical language such as chromaticism, pandiatonicism, quartal harmonies, interval writing, whole tone and pentatonic modes, etc.

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 4-5.

About SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)

Seventh chords and melodies in both hands. More difficult note reading with ledger lines above and below the staff.

  • "Inchworms" and Crossovers 
  • Broken Triads in Phrased Groups 
  • Alternating 5ths 
  • Black Key Double Note Patterns in Contrary Motion 
  • Right Hand Five Finger Pattern with Thumb Holds 
  • Alternating Repeated Triads 
  • Broken Major, 125 and 145 Triads 
  • The Pattern 2123 in Contrary Motion 
  • Right Hand Ostinato 
  • Sequence of 3rds and 5ths and Broken 3rds and 5ths 
  • Two Note Repetitions with a Cross Rhythm 
  • Passage with Thumb Crossunders 
  • The Pattern 1325 in Extensions 
  • Three Note Repetitions 
  • Phrased 3rds in a Syncopated Pattern 
  • Four Finger Pattern in Parallel 6ths and 10ths 
  • Phrased 5ths and 3rds 
  • Alternation of Whole Tone Figures 
  • Rapid Five Finger Scale Figures 
  • Descending Broken 3rds 
  • Broken 4th Pattern in Parallel 5ths, 6ths, and Contrary Motion 
  • Broken Triads through all the Major Keys 
  • Rhythmic Release of Holding Notes 
  • Bass Skips 
  • Broken 3rd Passages 
  • Evenness of Left and Right Hand Scale Figures 
  • Broken 5ths over a Bass Ostinato 
  • Repeated 3rds in a Cross Hand Pattern 
  • Pattern of Broken 3rds 
  • Three Finger Pattern in Contrary Motion 
  • Sequence of Five Finger Patterns in Contrary Motion 
  • Legato 2nds 
  • Crossunders and Crossovers 
  • Sequence of Legato Broken 5ths 
  • Ostinato of a Five Finger Scale Pattern 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Greensburg, PA
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  • October 27, 2017 Charming and challenging

    These have a great variety and clearly state what technique is to be worked on.for each exercise. Each exercise is less than a page long.

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