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Keys to Stylistic Mastery, Book 2

Piano - Early Intermediate; Intermediate
Book 2. Edited by Dennis Alexander and Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield. Graded Standard Repertoire; Masterworks; Piano Collection. Masterwork. Book. 64 pages. Alfred Music #00-21364. Published by Alfred Music (AP.21364).

Item Number: AP.21364

ISBN 0739030280. English.

Keys to Stylistic Mastery teaches the basic principles of the five stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary) to piano students. The pieces were chosen to provide a helpful transition from method books to the classics. Composer Dennis Alexander has written at least one piece in the style of each period. Information about each style period, listing selected composers, keyboard instruments and typical forms, precedes the music from that period. Brief biographies of all composers represented are included.

  • Aborigine  Additional credits Dennis Alexander
  • Air  Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Allegro  Additional credits Domenico Zipoli
  • Arietta in B-Flat Major  Additional credits Dennis Alexander
  • Bagatelle  Composed by Anton Diabelli
  • Bourrée in D Minor  Additional credits Dennis Alexander
  • Children's Game  Composed by Béla Bartók
  • Farewell  Additional credits Dennis Alexander
  • Fuga  Additional credits Johann Pachelbel
  • Le Rêve Interrompu  Additional credits Dennis Alexander
  • Les Nuits Mystiques  Additional credits Dennis Alexander
  • Little Flower  Composed by Cornelius Gurlitt
  • Longing  Composed by Cornelius Gurlitt
  • Menuett  Additional credits Georg Philipp Telemann
  • Minuet In A Major  Composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Prelude  Composed by George Frideric Handel
  • The Prince of Denmark's March  Additional credits Jeremiah Clarke
  • Rondo in G Major  Additional credits Dennis Alexander
  • Scherzo  Additional credits Carl Maria Von Weber
  • Shepherd Playing on His Pipe  Composed by Vladimir Rebikov
  • Sonatina in C Major  Additional credits Heinrich Lichner
  • Spanish Dance  Additional credits Theodor Oesten
  • Teratornis  Additional credits Dennis Alexander
  • Valsette  Additional credits Jean Sibelius
  • Waltz in E-flat Major  Composed by Muzio Clementi

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  • 5

    J. S. Ritter
    Goleta, CA
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  • April 03, 2009 A well-balanced collection

    Each era is preceded by a two-page summary of compositional techniques and how these relate to keyboard playing; especially useful is the detailed information regarding ornaments in the Baroque pieces. Highlights include the "Prince of Denmark's March" by Clarke, "Valsette" by Sibelius, and "Les nuits mystiques", an impressionistic...

    tone poem by one of the editors, Dennis Alexander. Each section concludes with a more challenging composition, e.g. the Prelude in G major by Handel, which will require intermediate-level ability. The one drawback is that the selections from the "Contemporary" period are fairly tame (the Bartok and Rebikov pieces stick to minor mode for the most part), with the exception of "Aborigine", which features the raised 4th degree, tone clusters, and changing meter. But overall this is a valuable resource for teachers with emerging intermediate students.

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