(ShackMan | Posted 2011-07-13)

Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, is proud to announce the release of Audition Repertoire for the Intermediate Pianist, a three-book series that provides a well-balanced audition, festival, or recital program for the intermediate piano player. They each feature some very cleverly selected and traditionally great recital pieces, and at $6.99 each, they're scarcely over the cost of buying the sheet music for just one of the included pieces. If it were only to add these pieces to your music library, it would still be a good deal.

The Audition Repertoire for the Intermediate Pianist books are designed with two pre-set recital and/or audition programs from which to choose, and organized to give a well-balanced line-up with various composers, moods, and musical characters, each book centered more toward a certain time period or style. The pieces within the books are considered as “tried and true” standards in intermediate piano repertoire. No less important than the music is Editor Jane Magrath's foreword in each book with practice tips and information about the repertoire, including editorial commentary and history on each piece to help facilitate proper performance of each piece.

Audition Repertoire for the Intermediate Pianist, Book 1, program one, includes: Trumpet Tune in C Major, ZT 698 by Henry Purcell, Sonatina in G Major, Anh. 5, No. 1 by Ludwig Van Beethoven, The Avalanche, Op. 45, No. 2 by Stephen Heller, and Petite Piece, Op. 6, No. 5 by Alexander Goedicke. Program two includes: Fugue by Domenico Zipoli, Sonatina No. 3 in C Major by Jean Theodore Latour, Restlessness, Op. 100, No. 18 by Johann Friedrich Burgmüller, and Love Song by Bela Bartók.

Audition Repertoire for the Intermediate Pianist, Book 2, program one, includes: Intrada by Cristoph Graupner, Waltz in B Minor, D. 145; Op. 18, No. 6 by Franz Schubert, The Storm, Op. 109, No. 13 by Johann Friedrich Burgmüller, and Folk Dance by Bela Bartók. Program two includes: Fugue in C Major by Johann Pachelbel, Sonatina in C Major, Op. 55, No. 1, First Movement by Friedrich Kuhlau, Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posth by Frédéric Chopin, and France, Op. 21, No. 9 by Sergei Bortkievich.

Audition Repertoire for the Intermediate Pianist, Book 3, program one, includes: Bourée in E Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, Solfeggietto, Wq. 117/2 by Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach, Träumerei, Op. 15, No. 7 by Robert Schumann, and Page d’album by Claude Debussy. Program two includes: Short Prelude in E Minor, BWV 941 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sonatina in C Major, Op. 20, No. 1, First Movement by Friedrich Kuhlau, The Pearls, Op. 109, No. 2 by Johann by Friedrich Burgmüller, and Bolero, Op. 35, No. 4 by Alfredo Casella.

Audition Repertoire for the Intermediate Pianist, (00-37334, 00-37335, 00-37336) Books 1, 2, and 3 are now available for $6.99 each at music retail stores and at alfred.com/piano.

James Rushin is a bassist, keyboardist, writer, and composer living and working in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He has performed with Selmer artist Tim Price, Curtis Johnson, guitarists Ken Karsh and Joe Negri. His compositions have been featured in and around Pittsburgh, at West Virginia University and Valley Forge Christian College. He is currently performing with recording artist Ben Shannon and singer/songwriters Tim Ruff, and Nathan Zoob (who is still in the process of getting a website - Music to come soon!).

Got questions? Comments? James can be reached as ShackMan in the Music Gear Review forums, or you may e-mail him at James.Rushin@MusicGearReview.com.

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