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Six Etudes in Canon Form, Op. 56

By Robert Schumann

1 piano, 4-hands - Early Advanced; Late Intermediate
Composed by Robert Schumann. Edited by Maurice Hinson and Allison Nelson. Arranged by Georges Bizet. Duet or Duo; Masterworks; Piano Duet (1 Piano, 4 Hands); Solo Small Ensembles; Technique Musicianship. Alfred Masterwork Edition. Masterwork; Romantic. Book. 48 pages. Alfred Music #00-32078. Published by Alfred Music (AP.32078).

Item Number: AP.32078

ISBN 9780739058640. English.

In 1845, Robert Schumann embarked on an intense course of contrapuntal studies. This led him to rent a pedalboard attachment for his piano, inspiring him to write pieces specifically for pedal piano, including these etudes. The great French composer Georges Bizet arranged the Six Etudes in Canon Form, Op. 56 for one piano, four hands. These etudes are not simply technical finger exercises like Hanon or Czerny, but true works of art like the Chopin etudes. They make wonderful music while working the muscles of the hands and fingers. The Etudes Nos. 1, 2, and 4 are Federation Festivals 2016-2020 selections. A Federation Festivals 2020-2024 selection.

  • Foreword 
  • About the Music 
  • About this Edition 
  • Suggested Further Reading 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • No. 1: Pas trop vite 
  • No. 2: Avec beaucoup d'expression 
  • No. 3: Andantino---Un peu plus anime 
  • No. 4: Espressivo---Un peu plus mouvemente 
  • No. 5: Pas trop vite 
  • No. 6: Adagio 

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  • 5

    Jeff A.
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  • January 17, 2012 Not very difficult but of the highest order.

    Schumann wrote these etudes during an intense study of counterpoint with his wife Clara. This work is arranged for 1 piano, 4 hands by Bizet. It is a wonderful set for the teacher and the advancing student. It's surprisingly not very difficult but has Schumann's romantic and rhythmic...

    trademark. This work should really be performed more often.

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