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Departure of the Butterflies

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By Deborah Swanger Fortier

Piano, Piano Solo - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Deborah Swanger Fortier. 20th Century, Romantic Period, Repertoire, General Instructional, Children's Music. Individual Part. 3 pages. Published by Deborah Swanger Fortier (S0.40961).

Item Number: S0.40961

When the butterflies don't return to my mountain home, I worry. This is probably why I based the theme on the Dies Irae (Day of Wrath, or better known as the Death Chant, also used by Berlioz, Liszt, and Rachmaninov). Short section 2: they migrate to Mexico (hear the guitar?); Section 3: all winter they are gone; Section 4: Oh do return again! Easy (based on a pattern of 6ths), though section 3 (winter) is a little more challenging, but definitely manageable.

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Over 45 years teaching piano
    surburban nyc
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • January 11, 2015 Early Intermediate Technique

    Split Rock Falls forms a good introduction to more technical challenges. In this piece the student is learning to use circular arm motion on a simple broken chord, with the introduction later on of voicing a melody note in the soprano while continuing the pattern in the alto. Also necessary...

    is dropping the arm to achieve staccato thirds. This is just one of several other imaginative pieces by Deborah Swanger Fortier that provide an opportunity for the developing intermediate student to exploretechnical issues such as rotating wrist and elbow, Vivace playing using arm motion and arrpeggiated left hand. These pieces include Night, Departure of the Butterflies and Serenade. I highly recommend these, and equate them to Burgmueller.

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