Australian piano music : volume 3 / edited by Sally Mays.
Featured Australian works
All the music in this volume should be fun to play & is not too difficult in terms of technique and attitude. The standard is approximately grade 3 to grade 5.
As in previous volumes, there are some exercises to overcome potential difficulties, rhythms of two against three, and three against four, fingerings of thirds and sixths, with each piece prefaced by brief explanatory notes to develop the technical skills and right mental approaches.
There are many dances here in different styles, from folk to tango to jazz plus there are three duets. Much emphasis is placed on touch detail and pedal; and the resonances of the piano are particularly explored in many of the pieces.
Contents note: Studies for single hands: Meander I & II ; Wave ; River of dreams / Michael Hannan -- Prelude No. 1 / Brian Howard -- Simply serial / Lawrence Whiffin -- Ping-pong / Larry Sitsky -- Kolo (duet) ; Kruhove tance (duet) / Wendy Hiscocks -- Soft thirds / Lawrence Whiffin -- Puppet dance / Barry Anderson -- Descent / Larry Sitsky -- Hobgoblin's grotto / Barry Anderson -- Emily's song / Ross Edwards -- Left Bank waltz (duet) / Peter Sculthorpe -- Going camping / Barry Anderson -- Prelude No. 4 / Brian Howard -- Walkin' blues / Michael Hannan -- Lotus / Rosalind Page -- Jewish folksong dance / Larry Sitsky -- Upside-down piece ; Griff's riffs ; Red rag / Martin Wesley-Smith -- Tango / Paul Turner -- Night thoughts / Michael Hannan -- Melbourne steps / Helen Gifford -- Dreaming / Lawrence Whiffin -- Perpetual motion / Ann Carr-Boyd.
Includes notes on performance and on composers.
Copyright held by individual composers.
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