ChopinJeffry Hamilton Steele
Prism Publications: FROM THE PIANO

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FROM THE PIANO: Music originally for Keyboard (includes pieces below, cover & introductory notes)
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$4.00
J. S. BACH
Prelude in C (from The Well-Tempered Clavier)
1
$1.00

STRAVINSKY

Les Cinq Doigts

CD recording

Stravinsky (Picasso)

Andantino
1
$1.00
Vivo
1
$1.00
Lento

4
$1.00
Allegretto

2
$1.00
Moderato
1
$1.00
Pesante (Tempo di Tango)
1
$1.00
Larghetto [COMPLETE AUDIO: MP3,RealAudio]
1
$1.00
Allegro (Tempo di Marcia)
2
$1.00
DEBUSSY The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
 
$1.00
CHOPIN Prelude No. 4 [AUDIO EXCERPT: MP3, RealAudio] CD recording
1
$1.00
Prelude No. 4 (version 2)
1
$1.00
Prelude No. 15 [CD recording]
3
$1.00

Les Cinq Doigts (The Five Fingers) was written in 1921 for use by piano novices. The title reflects the fact that, for sections within each movement, the fingers of the right hand are assigned to one note each. Given how Stravinsky loved to compose within limitations, he approached this piano study as seriously as his more extended works. Some forty years later, he orchestrated them into Eight Instrumental Miniatures for Fifteen Players. I present them here in the order in which I perform the pieces, which differs from the original piano version but resembles the orchestrated version except for the switched positions of the Allegro and the Pesante. While the originals were in keys with no more than one accidental, I have chosen keys most idiomatic to the guitar, often calling for placement of the capo -- sometimes to facilitate stretches (and in the Vivo, the capo is placed across four strings only to make the chords fingerable at a fast tempo) but mostly to best bring forth the character of each movement.

The Debussy I first learned in the Jack Marshall transcription, but I generated enough revisions -- in an effort to bring it closer to the original piano score -- that the time came to call this arrangement my own. After a bit of coaxing, these two famous Chopin preludes found their way, original keys intact, onto my fingerboard. No. 4 required that the second statement of the melody be rendered an octave down. Once I had purchased a guitar with 20 frets, however, I was able to restore the second melody to its proper octave. Both versions are therefore included. For the "Raindrop Prelude", I tuned the third string up to Ab. Chopin's companion George Sand wrote: "His composition of that night was surely filled with raindrops, resounding clearly on the tiles of the Charterhouse, but it had been transformed in his imagination and in his song into tears falling upon his heart from the sky. . . He could sum up, in ten lines that a child could play, poems of boundless exaltation, dramas of unequaled power."

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