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Melodies of China

Playing Chinese Folk Songs on Piano With a CD of Performances

By Various

Playing Chinese Folk Songs on Piano With a CD of Performances. Composed by Various. Arranged by Zhang Zhao. Piano Collection. Chinese. Softcover with CD. 44 pages. Schott Music #ED20478. Published by Schott Music (HL.49018257).

Item Number: HL.49018257

8.75x12 inches. Arranged and performed by Zhang Zhao.

This edition features arrangements by Chinese expert arranger Zhang Zhao. The accompanying CD helps you to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of Chinese music and offers you the possibility to play along.

“These arrangements are a far cry from the simple pentatonic Chinese tunes familiar to most Western ears: the styles range from tender to percussive, from lyrical to humorous. Zhang's contemporary harmonies are tasteful and compelling, but never distract from the fous on the melodies themselves. At times the listener may hear shades of Kabalevsky, Bartók, or Debussy in these arrangements, but the folk tunes themselves are unmistakably authentic...Most of these late-intermediate pieces are short, one-to-two pages long. Students will enjoy a diversity of key signatures and a wide variety of articulations and dynamic shadings. This volume would be an excellent repertoire supplement, offering a variety of student recital pieces and even a few engaging encores for professional musicians. Highly recommended.”--Clavier Companion

  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Kara Dahl Russell
    Salisbury, Md
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2016-01-20 17:01:29.0 Lovely arrangments

    The piano pieces in this book are arrangements of Traditional Chinese folk melodies. One of the outstanding features is that the region of origin is noted for each piece. These are mostly low intermediate level pieces, about 75% of them have a misty, romantic quality. There are a few faster...

    , and more challenging pieces, esp. toward the end. The CD of the pieces is beautifully performed, a great resource for study and interpretation (played by the arranger/composer), and just lovely to listen to. These works very reminiscent of Chopin & Schubert's easier works. Most of these works are suitable for harp as well.

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