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Contemporary Collage - Music of the 21st Century, Volume 1, Book 2

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Piano - Late Elementary through Intermediate
Composed by Various. Edited by Helen Marlais. Performance. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. Contemporary. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1024).

Item Number: FJ.J1024

ISBN 1-56939-704-X.

This second book in this collection features exciting solos and duets by nine leading FJH composers that will further expand the student's concept of rhythm, harmony, sound and texture. The pieces utilize musical techniques such as ametric and mixed meters, nontraditional harmonic and melodic patterns, varying rhythmic patterns, and much more. This collection provides a valuable means for students to explore contemporary music and ignite their imaginations.

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.

  • Starry Night  Performed by Dimitar Ninov
  • Dizzy Clown  Performed by Martin Kutnowski
  • Until...  Performed by Kevin Olson
  • My Favorite Blues  Performed by Dimitar Ninov
  • The Lonely Swing in the Rainy Playground  Performed by Martin Kutnowski
  • Knights and Castles  Performed by Martin Kutnowski
  • Waltz Together Slowly  Performed by Emma Lou Diemer
  • Etude in Seconds (Op. 149, No. 1)  Performed by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
  • Jumping Triads (Op. 146, No. 5)  Performed by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
  • Cross Over (rh/lh) for Rightie  Performed by Arthur Frackenpohl
  • Folk Dance (Op. 146, No. 4)  Performed by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
  • The Old Fox  Performed by Andrey Komanetsky
  • Water Droplets  Performed by Wynn-Anne Rossi
  • Analacia's Dance  Performed by Timothy Brown
  • Solar Flares  Performed by Kevin Olson
  • Happy Thoughts  Performed by Emma Lou Diemer
  • Woodland Fairy Waltz  Performed by Wynn-Anne Rossi
  • Soundscape  Performed by Timothy Brown
  • As Darkness Falls  Performed by Timothy Brown
  • Finger Snapper  Performed by Andrey Komanetsky
  • Cluster-rific  Performed by Kevin Olson
  • About the Composers 
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