"For several generations of performers and audiences, Medtner has lain overlooked somewhere between the genius of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin and the juggernaut of Prokofiev's 'modernist' masterpieces. But he is not just a quintessential Russian composer; he is a master for all, and now perhaps his time has come." -- Eugene Istomin
Faced with decades of shifting styles, compositional vogues, and musical trends that characterized the early 20th century, composer-pianist Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) remained faithful to the standard of clarity of purpose he learned from a lifetime of active performance of the classical masters. Above all, he considered himself Beethoven's student in spirit, and with the principal meanings and "unwritten laws that are the foundation of musical language." In later years, Alexander Glazunov called Medtner "an artist guarding the eternal laws of art."
Among Medtner's most popular pieces are the so-called "Fairy Tales" for piano: works he called skazki -- the Russian term better translated as "tales" or "folktales." "No one tells such tales as Kolya " exclaimed the delighted Rachmaninoff after Medtner had played his opus 51 pieces to a private gathering. With their rich keyboard textures, intense polyrhythms, and marvelous harmonies, these wonderfully colorful short works -- composed over three decades -- highlight the composer's innate gift for musical storytelling. Pianists and all music lovers will applaud this rare, handsome compilation of works by a modern master of the keyboard.
Contains 70 of the most inspirational melodies, arranged with piano accompaniment that is also complete in itself for solo performance. Each hymn includes vocal line, lyrics and guitar chords.
Works by 36 composers are included in this 248-page comprehensive survey of piano music written between 1820 and 1910. The pieces in this collection range in difficulty from intermediate through early-advanced levels and cover the widest range of styles and idioms of the Romantic period. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance. Historical and biographical background and performance notes are provided by Dr. Hinson.
The most widely used piano technique book ever written, The Virtuoso Pianist was designed to develop agility and strength in all the fingers as well as flexibility of the wrists. Exercises are sequenced so that in each successive exercise, the fingers are rested from the fatigue caused by the previous one. Translated from the original French, this Masterwork edition includes the complete Exercises 1-60 and is clearly engraved for easy reading. The comb binding creates a lay-flat experience that is perfect for students and performers. Hanon's original introduction is included. He recommends that a student have at least one year of experience before starting this book.A General MIDI disk is available separately (Item #5715). The disk contains varied styles of accompaniments including pop, classical and jazz for Exercises 1-20.
French organist and composer Louis Vierne (1870-1937), a student of both Franck and Widor, was appointed organist at Notre-Dame in Paris at the age of 30 and held that position until his death. Among his compositions are numerous works for organ, including six organ symphonies, the first three of which are reprinted here. Of this music, Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians says: "The best of his organ works are brilliantly effective and of considerable harmonic originality."
Now organists and music lovers can study and enjoy three of these majestic, lyrical works in this durable, attractive Dover edition, reprinted from authoritative French scores. This edition also includes a glossary of French terms used in these scores and specifications of the organs on which the symphonies were premiered.erous works for organ. This volume contains 3 of his 6 Organ Symphonies, notable for brilliant effectiveness, lyricism, and harmonic originality. Also includes a glossary of French terms used in these scores and specifications of the organs on which the Symphonies were premiered.
100 golden jazz standards arranged by greats such as Bill Evans, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Dave Brubeck, "Fats" Waller, and Duke Ellington. Titles include: Blue Moon * C Jam Blues * Ebb Tide * I'm in the Mood for Love * Mood Indigo * Satin
(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). Matching folio to the Disney animated feature. Includes 13 pages of beautiful full-color photos from the movie and 8 songs, featuring the Oscar -winning "Under the Sea." Also: Kiss the Girl * Daughters of Triton * Part of Your World * more