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Zez Confrey at the Piano

Piano Solos

By Edward Elzear "Zez" Confrey

Piano - Advanced
Piano Solos. Composed by Edward Elzear "Zez" Confrey (1895-1971). Edited by Richard Dowling. Artist/Personality; Piano Collection. Ragtime. Book. 140 pages. Alfred Music #00-40511. Published by Alfred Music (AP.40511).

Item Number: AP.40511

ISBN 9780739093375. English.

This collection represents a cross-section of Confrey's works and encompasses the broad range of his styles. Besides his famous 1920s novelty works (including Kitten on the Keys), there are many wonderful, lesser-known gems of remarkable quality included here from later in his career. Appearing for the first time in print are transcriptions of one of his disc recordings (Poor Buttermilk) and two of his player piano roll arrangements (My Pet and Humorestless). Many of Confrey's later works have long been out of print and are included here for the first time in decades.

  • Foreword 
  • About this Edition 
  • About the Music 
  • Audacity 
  • The Birds' Carnival 
  • Champagne 
  • Coaxing The Piano 
  • Concert Etude 
  • Della Robbia (Modern Novelty) 
  • Dizzy Fingers 
  • Fantasy of Today (Classical Arrangement) 
  • Fantasy of Today (Jazz Arrangement) 
  • Fourth Dimension 
  • Greenwich Witch  
  • Heaven's Garden 
  • Humorestless 
  • Jay Walk 
  • Kinda Careless (from African Suite) 
  • Kitten On The Keys 
  • Midsummer's Nightmare 
  • My Pet  
  • Nickel in the Slot 
  • Novelette (from Three Little Oddities) 
  • Oriental Fantasy 
  • Poor Buttermilk 
  • Relaxation (from Moods of a New Yorker) 
  • Smart Alec 
  • Stumbling (Paraphrase) 
  • Ultra-Ultra 
  • You Tell 'Em, Ivories 

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  • 3

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  • February 27, 2017 OK quality print but ...

    I did too find the compositions somewhat differently arranged as the common playing. Alot of them were modified by Confrey when the publishing got complains that they are harder to play.I also didnt find my favorite "My Pet" and "Giddy Ditty" in this collection - was disappointed.

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  • 5

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  • November 28, 2016 Clean scores

    Assuming you already know Confrey's music, this book contains all the famous pieces. I don't think it has everything he wrote, but it's pretty comprehensive. The music is clear and easy to read, not crowded on the page like some sheets. This is for advanced players, and...

    Confrey has a unique sound that's not for everyone. I did find that the versions in this book don't quite match the versions of my MP3 files. Some parts of Dizzy Fingers, for instance, are totally different. Upon looking into it, it seems that Confrey himself would add or leave out sections in his different performances.

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