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Keys to Artistic Performance, Bk 3: 21 Late Intermediate to Early Advanced Pieces to Inspire Imaginative Performance [Kindle Edition]

Staff , Alfred Publishing , Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield , Dennis Alexander
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Book Description

This unique series teaches skills used by professional pianists to make their performances more expressive and dramatic. Students will explore five keys for achieving performance artistry: color, pedaling, rubato/rhythmic freedom, characterization and choreography. In-depth information helps students understand the concepts of balance, voicing, pedal techniques, playing rubato, and how to move at the piano. Titles: Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1 (Edvard Grieg)
* Consolation, Op. 30, No. 3 (Felix Mendelssohn)
* Prelude in B Minor, Op. 28, No. 6 (Frédéric Chopin)
* Waltz, Op. 124, No. 4 (Robert Schumann)
* Bolero, from 11 Childrens Pieces, Op. 35, No. 4 (Alfredo Casella)
* Sonnet for Alexis (Dennis Alexander)
* Warriors Song, Op. 45, No. 15 (Stephen Heller)
* Maruntel (Quick Dance), Romanian Dance No. 6 (Béla Bartók)
* Scherzo in B-flat Major, D. 593 (Franz Schubert)
* Mazurka in B-flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1 (Frédéric Chopin)
* Bagatelle, Op. 6, No. 2 (Béla Bartók)
* La fuente y la campana (The Fountain and the Bell) from Paisajes (Frederico Mompou)
* Arioso for Right Hand Alone (Dennis Alexander)
* Danse caractéristique, Op. 2, No. 6 (Vladimir Rebikov)
* To the Rising Sun, Op. 4, No. 1 (Trygve Torjussen)
* Baba-Yaga (The Witch) Op. 39, No. 20 from Album for the Young (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
* Spanish Dance, No. 2 from 12 Spanish Dances, Op. 5 (Enrique Granados)
* May Night, Op. 27, No. 4 (Selim Palmgren)
* Spanish Dance, No. 1 from 12 Spanish Dances, Op. 5 (Enrique Granados)
* Toccata Lyrica (Dennis Alexander)
* Élégie Op. 126, No. 7 from Album des Enfants, Bk. 2 (Cécile Chaminade).

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  • File Size: 16251 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (March 8, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OV9GSA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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For Whom?:

mid-intermediate to late intermediate, though would be great for early/mid advanced to work on musicality, as supplementary repertoire


insight and tips on important pedagogical areas; great tips on technique and how to execute it well; every piece has 3 major pointers on top which are usually useful; while earlier series had unfamiliar repertoire that was inaccessible, these selections, albeit mostly unfamiliar, are very accessible


not many masterpieces / very famous works; perhaps not best for a main work for a student

Pedagogical Value:

insight on color, pedaling, rubato, character, & body movement / posture; newer symbols to represent rubato; editorial markings often differentiated; offers an array of less familiar pieces that still can offer a rich musical experience


"Grieg Arietta;
several famous composers,
some Spanish and less-known contemporary composers;
Mompou: La fuente y la campana; Alexander - Arioso - for RH alone;
Though I recommend the book more any specific work; Each teacher and student will find their own gems"
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best repertoire book for students June 19, 2013
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I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book. The songs selected for inclusion are not great. First, there is an over abundance of slow songs. Students almost always favor upbeat songs. Slow songs should be included sparingly. Second, the upbeat songs included aren't great. It's like they were trying too hard to be unique.

I do however, really love this series, Books 1,2 are fantastic!! They are staples in my studio. Dennis Alexander is a fabulous composer for the intermediate levels. (Not so much on the advanced side but thats OK, everyone has their niche)
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Dennis Alexander began his affiliation with Alfred Music Publishing in 1986. Mr. Alexander's 240 publications and recordings created with Alfred have earned him an international reputation as one of North America's most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels.

Professor Alexander retired from his position at the University of Montana in May 1996, where he had taught piano and piano pedagogy for 24 years. After moving to California, he taught piano privately and served on the faculties of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. Now a resident of New Mexico, he currently maintains an active composing and touring schedule for Alfred.

A native of Kansas, Mr. Alexander graduated from the University of Kansas, where he studied with Richard Reber. In 1987 Mr. Alexander made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall with violinist Walter Olivares, and continues to be active as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. A former president of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, he is a popular clinician at state conventions. In addition to the Alfred-sponsored workshops he presents regularly in the U.S. and Canada, Mr. Alexander has also presented workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Numerous organizations and state associations have commissioned him to write compositions. In addition, he has numerous pieces that are included on the National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals Bulletin and his music is being performed by students throughout the world. He is a co-author of Alfred's all-new Premier Piano Course.


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