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Simply Beautiful

The 10 Most Beautiful Melodies Ever Written Arranged for the Intermediate Pianist

By Jerry Ray

Solo piano - SMP Level 4 (Intermediate)
The 10 Most Beautiful Melodies Ever Written Arranged for the Intermediate Pianist. Arranged by Jerry Ray. Masterworks; Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Classical. Collection. With standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 32 pages. Alfred Music #00-6595. Published by Alfred Music (AP.6595).

Item Number: AP.6595

ISBN 9780739016053. 9x12 inches. English.

Drawn from the repertoire of piano, opera and orchestral works, Jerry Ray has taken some of the world's most beautiful melodies and arranged them for intermediate pianists. Going beyond just simplified versions of the classics, these lush, full arrangements provide not only a technical challenge but also an avenue to expand one's musicality and sensitivity.

About SMP Level 4 (Intermediate)

Introduction of 4-note chords and sixteenth notes. Hand movement covering 2 to 3 octaves.

  • Air for the G String  Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Blue Danube  Composed by Strauss
  • Clair De Lune   Composed by Claude Debussy
  • Musetta's Waltz  From La Boheme, Composed by Giacomo Puccini
  • Polovetsian Dance  Composed by Alexander Borodin
  • Reverie  Composed by Claude Debussy
  • Romeo and Juliet  Composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • The Swan  Composed by Camille Saint-Saens
  • Tales from the Vienna Woods  Composed by Strauss
  • TO a Wild Rose  Composed by Edward MacDowell

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  • 5

    Lawrence C.
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  • August 10, 2018 AWESOME-!

    This is by far one of the best books I own. The arrangements are elegant and sound much harder than they are. The music is slightly stylized with a main focus on capturing the spirit of each theme accurately. Some keys are simplified with each song having it's own...

    atmospheric intro.

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  • 5

    Susan Grant
    Austin TX
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  • August 02, 2009 Lyrical and Satisfying

    This book has been popular with my students at the high end of Intermediate. They are a nice way to work with students on thoughtful phrasing and pedaling. Each one has an intro and outro which can be left off without harming the piece. Ray, as always, respects his source...

    material, and these pieces contain the essentials of what makes the "real thing" so beautiful. One of my students played the Claire de Lune for recital, and I think very few in the audience were aware it was an intermediate version.

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    Karen Pancoast
    Denver, CO
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  • September 29, 2002 Fresh harmonies for beautiful classics

    Jerry Ray writes beautifully flowing arrangements which use interesting harmonies. His works have a mellow jazz feel while maintaining the melody and flow of the original pieces.

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