Piano Preludes, Original Piano Solos, vols. 1-3.
Piano Preludes, Original Piano Solos, Volumes 1-3, by Robert D. Vandall, Alfred Music (www.alfred.com), 2006. $5.95 each.
Alfred Publishing Alfred Publishing is a US sheet music publisher specializing in educational music.
It is one of the largest US publishers, second only to Hal Leonard. It is the largest educational music publisher in the world. has released a new edition of Robert D. Vandall's Preludes. The complete volume also contains a CD, and Vandall added a final three preludes Three Preludes are short piano pieces by George Gershwin and were first performed by the composer at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York in 1926. Each prelude is a well known example of early 20th Century American classical music, as influenced by Jazz. to complete all major and minor keys. Preludes are classified for UK Exam levels: Volume 1 (Grades 2-4), Volume 2 (Grades 3-5) and Volume 3 (Grades 4-7). The complete volume is specified for UK Exam Grades 2-7, but does not subtitle the exam levels, which could be problematic. The scores are clean and free of written instruction.
Volume 1, Preludes, creates single moods: pieces are very patterned and yield quick learning (appropriate keys for early-intermediate level). Chord progressions are a popular sound, appealing to students. There are technical examples (Preludes Nos. 1, 5 and 6), and musical examples (Preludes Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 7).
Volume 2 (Preludes 8-14, and Preludes 22-24, which are the new preludes), with the exception of Prelude No. 9 (D Minor) and Prelude No. 12 (G Minor), include more flats and sharps in the key signatures. Again, while using a limited number of patterns (the maximum number of measures is 46), the preludes provide a variety of moods. Prelude No. 14, reinforces the traditional right-hand B Major scale fingering in a very exciting, technical performance. Prelude No. 13 in A-flat Major is an homage to Bach's Prelude in A-flat Major (WTC WTC World Trade Center, see there , Book I).
Volume 3 (seven preludes) includes patterns, but they are extended technically and more difficulty musically. Melody and accompaniment within one hand is featured in Preludes Nos. 15 and No. 19. Prelude No. 16 is a nice introduction to the idea of a nocturne nocturne (nŏk`tûrn) [Fr.,=night piece], in music, romantic instrumental piece, free in form and usually reflective or languid in character. John Field wrote the first nocturnes, influencing Chopin in the writing of his 19 nocturnes for piano. . The technical preludes offer challenges to the late intermediate student.
These preludes are attractive supplementary repertoire, but I would also recommend them for practicing memorization, as they are short, patterned and accessible harmonies.--Reviewed by Mary Tollefson, NCTM NCTM National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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