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Reaching Out, for Solo Piano

By Emma Lou Diemer

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Piano - Early Intermediate/Intermediate
Composed by Emma Lou Diemer (1927-). Edited by Helen Marlais. Performance. The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions. Contemporary. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.J1006).

Item Number: FJ.J1006

ISBN 1-56939-424-5.

Discover and explore wonderfully modern sonorities!
From lyrical (Slow, Sad Waltz, and Minor Serenade), to rhythmic (Drumming It Up), to simply amusing (Icicles, Teasing), Emma Lou Diemer asks the student to play with a colorful palette of different sounds, pedal effects, articulations, and in some cases, non-traditional techniques. These pieces are sure to bring enjoyment and a bit of a challenge to the pianist and the listener. Also includes: Happy Dance; Answering; Echo Dream; Waves; Anger; Another Moonlight Serenade; Black is the Color; Remembering; Reaching Out; Hand Over Hand; Surprises; Chatter; Busy Toccata.

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.

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