88 Piano Classics for Beginners (Dover Music for Piano) by David Dutkanicz

By David Dutkanicz

Beginning pianists of every age will cherish this wonderful compilation of classics. every piece was once conscientiously chosen and simplified to aid scholars strengthen their talents. the various maximum composers — J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and others — are represented by means of a number of items each one, a few newly tailored for the piano. Composers and works now not often featured in beginner's books contain items through Borodin, Gluck, Rameau, and Tallis.
Well-known classics comprise Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Debussy's Claire de Lune, Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1, Schumann's Child Falling Asleep, and "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. a number of orchestral items were newly tailored for the piano, together with "Dance of the Swan" from Swan Lake, "Elephant" from Carnival of the Animals, "Largo" from Xerxes, and "Waltz of the flora" from The Nutcracker.

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Fingerings have been provided as suggestions and should not be considered absolute. Each individual pair of hands will know what works best. Phrasing and pedaling have been left open in order to make the music less daunting. These should be penciled in as progress is made on each selection. Glossary of Musical Terms adagio, very slow adagio cantabile, very slow and songful adagio un poco mosso, very slow with a little momentum allegretto, moving along, but not too fast allegretto tranquillo, moving along, but not fast, in a tranquil manner allegro con brio, lively, with a lot of vigor allegro molto, very fast allegro passionate, fast and impassioned andante, walking tempo andante cantabile, walking tempo, in a songful manner andante grazioso, walking tempo, in a graceful manner andantino, a bit faster than a walking tempo a tempo, return to the original speed cantabile, songful cantado, singing out coda, a concluding section cresc(endo), getting louder cresc(endo) poco a poco, getting louder, little by little dim.

1 This melody is from the opera Prince Igor. It was also adapted for the Broadway show Kismet and became popular as the song Strangers in Paradise. Play with a legato style and keep the melody flowing. With Feeling Johannes Brahms 1833–1897 Piano Quintet (opening) This powerful melody begins a work for an ensemble known as a piano quintet: two violins, viola, cello and piano. To give it more strength, the melody is played by all instruments together. In the beginning, the left and right hands play the same notes, in octaves.

Note the contrast between the solo voice in the opening, and the chorale beginning at measure 8. Reverently Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844–1908 Scheherazade This popular Rimsky-Korsakov work is based on The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. In the story, a doomed Sultan’s wife postpones her end by telling the sultan a story so intriguing it lasted 1,001 evenings. Be mindful of how the notes with sharps color the melody. Moderato Gioachino Rossini 1792–1868 William Tell Overture Rossini’s opera is based on the legend of William Tell, the Swiss crossbow marksmen famed for being able to split apples off of people’s heads with an arrow.

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