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Piano Solo

By Niels Wilhelm Gade

Piano Piano (Piano solo) - SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)
Piano Solo. Composed by Niels Wilhelm Gade. Edited by Bengt Johnsson. Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. Pages: XIII and 74. Classical. Softcover. 88 pages. G. Henle #HN430. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480430).

Item Number: HL.51480430

ISBN 9790201804309. 9.25x12.25 inches.

Niels W. Gade, who occasionally substituted for Felix Mendelssohn as conductor of the Gewandhaus Concerts in Leipzig, is today considered the most important Danish composer. In his “Spring Flowers” op. 2b, “Aquarelles” op. 19 and “New Aquarelles” op. 57 he created supple, pleasing piano pieces in an intimate style suitable for domestic music-making. Nevertheless, these character pieces are of moderate difficulty. They fascinate with their powerful originality, deeply sensitive expressive power and pianistic ingenuity. For pianists who want to look beyond the established romantic piano music repertoire piano music repertoire, engaging with this edition will prove worthwhile. The informative preface has been writeen by Danish pianist Bengt Johnsson, who has recorded Gade's complete piano works.

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About SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)

4 and 5-note chords spanning more than an octave. Intricate rhythms and melodies.

  • Spring flowers, op. 2B (Piano solo)  Performed by Niels Wilhelm Gade
  • Watercolour paintings, op. 19 (Piano solo)  Performed by Niels Wilhelm Gade
  • Arabesque, op. 27 (Piano solo)  Performed by Niels Wilhelm Gade
  • New watercolour paintings, op. 57 (Piano solo)  Performed by Niels Wilhelm Gade
  • The songbird, o. op. (Piano solo)  Performed by Niels Wilhelm Gade
  • Andantino (first edition), C sharp minor, o. op. (Piano solo)  Performed by Niels Wilhelm Gade
  • Snow-drops (first version of op. 2B, No. 1) (appendix) (Piano solo)  Performed by Niels Wilhelm Gade
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Kevin C
    Vernon, CT
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  • May 30, 2011 Needs to Become Better Known

    I started teaching this volume because it was on a syllabus I was usng. The pieces are beautiful, utilizing the best of the romantic style. You won't find them in any other collection. Schumann dedicated pieces to Neils Gade, which is how many of us first hear of Gade...

    . How much better to actually play his excellent music. I was not keen at first on spending the money for this book, but having done so, I am happy to have this collection in my repertoire. Rich lyric style pieces that I simply have to play on a regular basis

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  • 5

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  • June 02, 2008 Wonderful music, not well-known.

    An excellent edition of these imaginative and colorful works which are not in the standard repertoire but should be better known. Gade, a Dane whose connection with Felix Mendelssohn is often cited, owes as much to Robert Schumann in these works which, nevertheless, have their own personality. Essential for anyone...

    interested in the period or in Nordic repertoire. Their succesful performance requires a high level of musicianship and imagination without requiring a virtuosic technique.

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