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Concertino No. 1 "Peasant Folk Dance," Op. 82
for Piano and Orchestra
Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Judith Olson and Helen Marlais

J1019 / 6.95

This composition is the first of its kind for The FJH Music Contemporary Keyboard Editions. Written for piano and orchestra, it provides a perfect showpiece for a student pianist who has an opportunity to play with an orchestra. The orchestral part has been arranged for a second piano and also comes with an optional percussion part. It is a possible modern alternative to the often performed Haydn Concerto in D Major. Preview Page

 

Contemporary Collage – Music of the 21st Century,
Volume 1, Book 1
Edited by Helen Marlais

J1020 / 5.95

This collection contains exciting contemporary pieces (solos and duets) by seven leading FJH composers that will open up a world of new sounds through bitonality, chromaticism, jazz harmonies, mixed meters, ostinato patterns, whole tone scales, aleatoric writing, and unique pedal effects - all that are fun to play! This collection will give students the opportunity to use their imagination to create their own interpretations. Preview Page

Contemporary Collage,
Volume 1, Book 2
Edited by Helen Marlais

J1024 / 7.95

Late Elementary through Intermediate
This second book in this collection features exciting solos and duets by nine leading FJH composers that will further expand the student's concept of rhythm, harmony, sound and texture. The pieces utilize musical techniques such as ametric and mixed meters, nontraditional harmonic and melodic patterns, varying rhythmic patterns, and much more. This collection provides a valuable means for students to explore contemporary music and ignite their imaginations. Preview Page

Dance Preludes
for Piano Duet

Timothy Brown
Edited by Phyllis Lehrer
Series Editor: Helen Marlais

J1025 / 7.50

Advanced
Inspired by Witold Lutoslawki's approach to form and melody, Timothy Brown has created this innovative work consisting of five preludes for the advanced pianist. Written for two pianists, this duet features simple folk-like melodies that are combined with mixed meters, dissonance, bitonality and other challenging contemporary devices. Dance Preludes is a colorful experimentation in timbre and tone color! Preview Page | Preview Page

 

Echoes, Pictures, Riddles and Tales for Piano Solo

J1009 / 5.50

Martin Kutnowski
Edited by Helen Marlais

Elementary through Intermediate
As a young teacher, Martín Kutnowski would compose a specific piece to engage the particular personality or technical difficulties of one of his students. Surprised and amused, the student would make critiques, and the teacher would make improvements. This collection of miniature piano pieces is a living testament to the spontaneity and enthusiasm shared by both students and teacher during those many studio lessons.

 

Intuitive Journeys
Wynn-Anne Rossi
Edited by Helen Marlais

J1016 / 5.95

Late Intermediate through Advanced
Intuitive Journeys is a late intermediate through advanced collection of piano solos that invites students to explore the emotional messages behind the notes written on the page. Students are encouraged to use their instincts and imagination to create their own musical experience, and enjoy the process of self-discovery.
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Modern Miniatures for Piano Solo, Volume 1

J1005 / 5.95

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Helen Marlais

Late Elementary/Intermediate
This artistic collection of over 30 piano miniatures are contrasting in nature – some are energetic, others lyrical – some are sad, others humorous. With variations on familiar melodies (Twinkle Winkle, Jack and Jill, Hickory Dickory Dock , and more) included among Rahbee’s original teaching pieces, these miniatures serve to help expand the student’s grasp of sound and texture, along with rhythmic and harmonic concepts. Use your imagination to create your very own interpretation, and enjoy these wonderful new pieces!

 

Modern Miniatures for Piano Solo, Volume 2

J1011 / 8.95

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Helen Marlais

Intermediate through Early Advanced
The natural musicality present in this collection demands the same kind of careful attention that we expect from the standard canon of repertoire. These teaching pieces follow in the modern tradition of pedagogical works by Bartók, Kabalevsky, and others; they are written to challenge a student's mind, fingers, imagination, and soul.

Musical Treasures, Volume 1
Andrey Komanetsky
Edited by Helen Marlais

J1022 / 5.95

In Musical Treasures, Volume 1, students will find numerous character piano works that will broaden their musical understanding and imagination. These inventive and fun-to-play pieces will bring them closer to the intricate world of sound. This collection explores various aspects of piano playing, including different articulations (State Fair), syncopated rhythms (Dance of the Coconuts), legato playing (Looking over a Moonlit Lake), and finger dexterity (Waltzing Bees). These single-paged piano pieces could serve as an introduction to the standard piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Preview Page

 

Outside the Box
Wynn-Anne Rossi and Kevin Olson
edited by Phyllis Lehrer and Helen Marlais

J1023 / 6.50

Late Intermediate
Outside the Box is a unique collection containing ten pieces that experiment with contemporary compositional techniques, altering such elements as melody, harmony, and form to create a completely new sound. Students will learn interesting ways to create new sounds and have fun playing music that is definitely "Outside the Box!"

 

 

Phantasie Variations, Op. 12

J1012 / 9.95

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Phyllis Lehrer and Helen Marlais

The Phantasie Variations, Op. 12 were commissioned by Phyllis Alpert Lehrer for her Merkin Hall Debut Concert near Lincoln Center in 1980. The piece uses two 12-tone rows, opening with the first row in retrograde, as if regressing back into a subconscious dream state. The rows go through many transformations stylistically in a variety of expressive modes. At the end, the row reappears in its natural state, reverting back to conscious reality.

 

Piano Album, Thirteen Light
and Descriptive Piano Pieces

J1008 / 5.95

Dimitar Ninov
Edited by Helen Marlais

Late Intermediate/Early Advanced
Flip through the pages of Ninov's Piano Album and they will introduce you to a gallery of musical pictures. You will "see" the sparrow leaping among the branches; you will "feel" the melancholy of autumn with its golden leaves falling; and you will "hear" the mischievous gossip spreading around the neighborhood. Ninov has always been inspired by the possibilities of depicting images through music, and so will you.

 

Piano Sonata No. 1

J1007 / 14.95

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Rebecca Raffaelli and Helen Marlais

Advanced
This engaging and accessible contemporary sonata has a broad emotional range and is full of intensity. Each of its four movements makes a strong statement with relatively few notes. "I have used the 12-tone language in my own unique way." – Rahbee. The fourth movement, "Toccata," is often performed as a solo; the arm clusters are often a special subject of conversation among pianists and audiences.

 

Piano Sonata No. 2

J1013 / 14.95

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Phyllis Lehrer and Helen Marlais

Advanced
Rahbee’s Piano Sonata No. 2 is an appealing piece in the contemporary genre. Its wide-ranging expressive array is filled with fervor. The sonata’s untraditional tonalities allow the advanced student to experience a broader sense of musical expression. The first movement is rhapsodic in nature, the second is a playful scherzando, the third is warm and emotionally expressive, and the last movement is exciting.

 

Piano Sonata No. 3, "Odyssey" Op. 83
Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Judith Olson and Helen Marlais

J1015 / 12.95

Premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2004, this adventurous one-movement work provides a variety of contrasting experiences for both the performer and their audience. Subtitled "Odyssey," this piece presents a full range of moods and emotions that will challenge and inspire any pianist.

 

Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 128
Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Diane Andersen and Helen Marlais

J1014 / 14.95

"Extremely positive in nature" has been said to describe the character of Piano Sonata No. 4 Op. 128. . The energy of this four-movement sonata is derived from its maestoso first movement—executed with feelings of happiness-and proceeded by its molto energico e presto second movement—performed with joy and excitement. The third movement, expressive and packed with emotion and rubato , guides the student into the fourth movement, titled Toccata , a work presented with boundless energy! This movement may also be performed as a separate piece.

 

Preludes, Volume 1
Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Rebecca Raffaelli and Helen Marlais

J1017 / 9.95

Early Intermediate through Late Intermediate
This two-volume collection of preludes contains short character pieces with a wide range of emotional expression and a wide range of technical demands from intermediate to advanced. The performer may decide to program these preludes as single pieces or in groupings in any order.

While written in part as pedagogical exercises, these preludes are beautifully constructed miniatures that take an honored place among the preludes of Chopin, Bach, and Scriabin. They are written as single compositions rather than in cycles like the preludes of Bach and Chopin. Some reflect the rhythms and dance forms found in the music of modernists like Ginastera and Ligeti and many are neo-romantic in style with emotionally expressive melodic content. Preview Page

 

Preludes, Volume 2
Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
Edited by Rebecca Raffaelli and Helen Marlais

J1018 / 10.95

Late Intermediate through Advanced
This two-volume collection of preludes contains short character pieces with a wide range of emotional expression and a wide range of technical demands from intermediate to advanced. The performer may decide to program these preludes as single pieces or in groupings in any order.

While written in part as pedagogical exercises, these preludes are beautifully constructed miniatures that take an honored place among the preludes of Chopin, Bach, and Scriabin. They are written as single compositions rather than in cycles like the preludes of Bach and Chopin. Some reflect the rhythms and dance forms found in the music of modernists like Ginastera and Ligeti and many are neo-romantic in style with emotionally expressive melodic content. Preview Page

 

Reaching Out, for Solo Piano

J1006 / 5.50

Emma Lou Diemer
Edited by Helen Marlais

Early Intermediate / Intermediate
Discover and explore wonderfully modern sonorities! From lyrical (Slow , Sad Waltz, and Minor Serenade), to rhythmic (Drumming It Up), to simply amusing (Icicles, Teasing), Emma Lou Diemer asks the student to play with a colorful palette of different sounds, pedal effects, articulations, and in some cases, non-traditional techniques. These pieces are sure to bring enjoyment to the pianist and the listener.

 


SOUND / WORLD, Volume 1

J1001 / 5.50

Stan Applebaum
Edited by Helen Marlais

Early Intermediate / Intermediate
Soon you will be hooked on 20th century piano sounds with Stan Applebaum's amazing miniatures! These short pieces utilize the full range of the piano and allow the student to sense different kinds of emotions – dramatic as well as introverted. The volume includes a "tone poem" a "gentle aria" a "prelude in miniature," and a bitonal miniature: "dancing around in the Aeolian mode." You will find this collection of over 30 pieces a delight to play again and again!

 


SOUND / WORLD, Volume 2
Stan Applebaum
Edited by Helen Marlais

J1010 / 5.95

Intermediate / Early Advanced
In this second volume of SOUND/WORLD , the intermediate / early advanced pianist is taken on an exciting discovery into the world of dissonance. Students are encouraged to explore these studies and then experiment and invent a study of their own. This exploration into dissonant sounds not only opens the "ears" of the developing musician, but also their imagination.

 

Watercolors for Ten Fingers
Martin Kutnowski
Edited by Helen Marlais

J1021 / 5.95

Intermediate through Early Advanced
This collection of short piano images for children and adults is suitable for pianists from intermediate to early advanced levels. The pieces show poetic hints of Schumann and Chopin along with references to Latin American folk music.

 

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