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Musical Treasures, Volume 1

By Andrey Komanetsky

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Piano - Intermediate
Composed by Andrey Komanetsky. Edited by Helen Marlais. Performance. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. Contemporary. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1022).

Item Number: FJ.J1022

ISBN 1-56939-674-4.

In Musical Treasures, Volume 1, students will find numerous character piano works that will broaden their musical understanding and imagination. These inventive and fun-to-play pieces will bring them closer to the intricate world of sound. This collection explores various aspects of piano playing, including different articulations (State Fair), syncopated rhythms (Dance of the Coconuts), legato playing (Looking over a Moonlit Lake), and finger dexterity (Waltzing Bees). These single-paged piano pieces could serve as an introduction to the standard piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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.

  • Notes from the Composer 
  • A Special Note to Students 
  • Funny Bunny 
  • Frolic 
  • Farewell Waltz 
  • A Brisk Walk in the Park 
  • Lonely Puppet 
  • The King and the Queen 
  • Little Song 
  • One Spooky Ghost 
  • An Imp 
  • Russian Dancer 
  • Pleasant Day 
  • Dance in D 
  • Mazurka 
  • Finger Dance 
  • Little Study 
  • Shepherd's Song 
  • Riding Along  
  • Dance of the Coconuts 
  • State Fair 
  • Dancing Pony 
  • Looking Over a Moonlit Lake 
  • Square Dance 
  • That Fox Has a New Tail 
  • Minuet 
  • Serene Blues 
  • Waltzing Bees 
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