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Kansas: The Sunflower State

By Dennis Alexander

Piano - Late Intermediate
Composed by Dennis Alexander. Piano Suite; Piano Supplemental. Recital Suite Series. Form: Suite. Sheet. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.29167).

Item Number: AP.29167

Dennis Alexander's Kansas: The Sunflower State is a nostalgic, musical look at his home state in three movements. The stage is set in the first movement with a bright and dazzling arrangement of We’re Off to See the Wizard (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), the well-known and beloved song from the movie, The Wizard of Oz. The second movement, Sunflower Silhouettes, is a lyrical tribute to the state flower. Dodge City Jamboree!, the third and final movement, incorporates a fast and spirited tempo, changing meters and keys, and a variety of articulations to evoke all of the energy and excitement of the Old West.

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  • 4

    Tamara Slobodkin
    Setauket, NY
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  • 2007-12-17 00:00:00.0 Two hits plus a third

    A set of three pieces including "We're Off To See The Wizard" in an offbeat setting that may seem strange, but check out the others for sure! "Sunflower Silhouettes" changes everything with a beautiful Ballad that has a lovely melodic theme and interesting interludes that enhance rather than detract...

    from the lyric setting. And "Dodge City Jamboree" is just a rip-roaring fun piece - fun to play and fun to hear. Movie Western rhythms and use of chords, multi meters and just enough technical challenge to keep you on your toes; a mid - intermediate winner.

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