A performer's guide to the piano music of Samuel Adler

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University of Rochester Press,, Rochester, NY, United States, p.1 online resource (xxv, 167 pages) : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01063404, (OCoLC)fst01063409, Analysis, appreciation., bisacsh, fast, Individual Composer & Musician., Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.), Music, Piano music


Includes bibliographical references and index.Samuel Alder : a biographical sketch -- Interview with Samuel Adler -- Introduction -- Part I: pedagogical volumes. Gradus books I and II; The sense of touch (1982) -- Part 2: Solo works through 2000. Capriccio (1954); Sonata breve (1963); Canto VIII (1973); Sonatina (1979); "Thy song expands my spirit" (1980); The road to Terpsichore : a suite of dances (1989); Three piano preludes (1999-2000) -- Part 3: Solo works since 2001. Four composer portraits (2001); Festschrift (2007); Fantasy (2013); Four choreographies (2017); Five short occasional pieces (2018); Bagatelle for Jürgen (2020); Variations on "America the beautiful" (2020); Music for the young and young at heart : 10 character pieces (2021) -- Part 4: For two pianos. Duo sonata for two pianos (1983) -- Part 5: For piano and orchestra. General observations; Concerto for piano and orchestra (No. 1) (1983); Second piano concerto (1996); Piano concerto No. 3 for piano and string orchestra (2003); Ways to practice these three concertos -- Appendix 1 : piano music graded approximately according to technical difficulty -- Appendix 2 : chamber works with piano -- Appendix 3 : partial list of works for voice and piano, selected by the composer -- Appendix 4 : works for other keyboard instruments -- Appendix 5 : chronological representative selection of Adler works for other instruments and ensembles -- Appendix 6 : selected bibliography : writings about Samuel Adler and his music."American composer Samuel Adler has composed a huge and multi-faceted body of works ranging from symphonies, concertos, and oratorios to solos for every standard Western instrument, to a rich trove of vocal and choral music, to pieces for students. Among them, encompassing his compositional life of some seventy years, is an array of works for the piano: three concertos; fifteen solo pieces and sets of pieces; a sonata for two pianos; and four volumes of music for beginning and intermediate players. Bradford Gowen writes about each of these works with the knowledge of one who has studied, performed, and recorded Adler's piano music and has previously written about it. He begins with an overview of stylistic and pianistic traits found throughout these pieces and then examines each work chronologically according to genre, in a two-part format. The first part is an essay on the work's style, emotional content, and unique features, which at the same time places the work in the context of other music by Adler and by additional composers from the present and past eras. The second part, informal and practical, is directed to a pianist interested in getting to know this music. As a "lesson" on the piece, it offers specific suggestions for practicing and interpretation and many solutions to technical challenges. Rounding out the book are an in-depth interview with the composer plus six invaluable appendices"--Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 31, 2022).