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Outside the Box - Ten Contemporary Solos

By Kevin Olson

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Piano - SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)
Composed by Kevin Olson and Wynn-Anne Rossi. Edited by Phyllis Lehrer and Helen Marlais. Performance. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. Contemporary. Book. The FJH Music Company Inc #J1023. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1023).

Item Number: FJ.J1023

ISBN 9781569396797.

Outside the Box is a unique collection containing ten pieces that experiment with contemporary compositional techniques, altering such elements as melody, harmony, and form to create a completely new sound. Students will learn interesting ways to create new sounds and have fun playing music that is definitely "Outside the Box!"

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 4-5.

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.

About SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)

Seventh chords and melodies in both hands. More difficult note reading with ledger lines above and below the staff.

  • About the Composers 
  • A Note from the Composers to the Student 
  • Pandiatonicism 
  • Sanctuary  Performed by Wynn-Anne Rossi
  • Chance Procedures 
  • Codebreaker  Performed by Kevin Olson
  • Tone Clusters 
  • Cluster Colors  Performed by Wynn-Anne Rossi
  • Polytonality 
  • Double Vision  Performed by Kevin Olson
  • Mixed Meter 
  • Computer Rebellion  Performed by Wynn-Anne Rossi
  • Ametric Music 
  • Open spaces  Performed by Kevin Olson
  • Pentatonic Scale 
  • Tribal Ceremony  Performed by Kevin Olson
  • Whole Tone Scale 
  • Cuckoo in the Night  Performed by Wynn-Anne Rossi
  • Special Effects 
  • Ring Rhythms  Performed by Wynn-Anne Rossi
  • Minimalism 
  • Moving Pictures  Performed by Kevin Olson
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