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Echoes, Pictures, Riddles, and Tales for Piano Solo

By Martin Kutnowski

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Piano - Elementary through Intermediate
Composed by Martin Kutnowski. Edited by Helen Marlais. Performance. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. Contents include: Arrorro Mi Nino (Sleep, Sleep, My Child), Trumpets, Echo, Marching Ants, Mist, Stubborn and Cranky, Bedtime, Drizzle, Enigma, El Gallo Pinto (The Colorful Rooster), The Sleepy Groundhog, Galloping on the Ranch, Hopscotch (Perfect and Au. Contemporary. Book. The FJH Music Company Inc #J1009. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1009).

Item Number: FJ.J1009

ISBN 9781569394502.

As a young teacher, Martin Kutnowski would compose a specific piece to engage the particular personality or technical difficulties of one of his students. Surprised and amused, the student would make critiques, and the teacher would make improvements. This collection of miniature piano pieces is a living testament to the spontaneity and enthusiasm shared by both students and teacher during those many studio lessons.

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.

  • Arrorro Mi Nino (Sleep 
  • Sleep 
  • My Child) 
  • Trumpets 
  • Echo 
  • Marching Ants 
  • Mist 
  • Stubborn and Cranky 
  • Bedtime 
  • Drizzle 
  • Enigma 
  • El Gallo Pinto (The Colorful Rooster) 
  • The Sleepy Groundhog 
  • Galloping on the Ranch 
  • Hopscotch (Perfect and Augmented Fourths) 
  • Tutu Maramba 
  • Barcarolla (A Boatman's Song) 
  • Sobre el Puente de Avignon (On the Bridge of Avignon) 
  • The Haunted Mansion 
  • Bumpy Country Road 
  • Boogie-woogie 
  • Milonga in G minor 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Derek
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Difficulty Level:
    Beginner
  • March 05, 2009 Very engaging and pedagogically sound

    This collection works very well with my beginner piano students. I use it as an inspired complement of Alfred, which is often too predictable (but methodical). The advantage is that Echoes can be treated as a collection of "art" music, like an easy and updated version of Schumann Op. 68...

    or Bartok's Pieces for Children.

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  • 5

    Karen
    Location:
    Westchester, NY
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • November 04, 2006 A great pedagogic resource

    I find that "Echoes..." is a very heterogeneous collection. Each piece proposes a unique challenge, distinct from the previous one. As another reviewer wrote, this collection should probably not be used alone as a single method, but, instead, parallel to other established method/s. The technical distance covered by the...

    whole collection is also wider than that proposed by any short single method--I would say that there is at least a good year of pianistic development from the "Arrorro," the first piece, to the "Tango in C minor," which is the last piece of the book. But, again, the collection brings a good deal of fresh air in the piano beginner / early-intermediate repertoire. For the teacher, it's a valuable pedagogic resource to spice up the private lessons with an inquisitive student. I'd say it's a must have in the library of the private piano teacher.

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  • 4

    Robert
    Location:
    Scarborough, ON
    Difficulty Level:
    Beginner
  • November 01, 2006 Creative and Engaging

    The book is great, with tenderness, variety, and plenty of humor. The pieces are very good pianistically. The collection does not work as a "method," however. Rather, it's more like a supplementary book, to be used alongside other didactic materials. I do recommend it.

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  • 5

    Jeff
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • September 09, 2006 Very imaginative

    Beautiful book; very useful material. Students get excited and engaged with the titles and images. Most pieces are relatively short and easy to put together pretty fast. The tango, the barcarolla, and the milonga are truly wonderful.

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  • 5

    Claire
    Location:
    Cleveland, OH
    Difficulty Level:
    Beginner
  • March 07, 2006 Very attractive collection

    The book is very good. In some pieces, the harmonic language is modern, while it's traditional in others. There are many popular rhythms, such as tango, milonga, barcarolla, boogie-woogie, etc. Fingerings are very clear and straightforward. Students like these pieces very much.

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