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Hanon for Students, Books 1 – 3 Piano Technique Series Released by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Thursday, March 29, 2012

Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, releases Hanon for Students, Books 1 – 3, a series of piano exercises from Hanon’s The Virtuoso Pianist, Book 1 divided into three volumes, edited by Gayle Kowalchyk and E. L. Lancaster.

Hanon for Students, Books 1 – 3 are carefully graded for pianists at the late-elementary, early-intermediate, and intermediate levels. Each book contains exercises notated in eighth notes for one octave so that students at these levels can begin to use them effectively. Additionally, all exercises are played with varied articulation, varied dynamics, varied rhythm, and transposed to a different key. Technical suggestions are shown at the top of the page, and also pointed out in the music. While Hanon exercises can be practiced in a variety of additional ways, the suggestions within the books promote musical playing as well as technical security.

Hanon for Students, Book 1, contains the first six exercises from The Virtuoso Pianist, Book 1, with all exercises transposed to the keys of F or G major. Hanon for Students, Book 2, contains exercises 7 – 13, with all exercises transposed to the keys of B-flat or D major. Hanon for Students, Book 3, contains exercises 14 – 20, with all exercises transposed to the keys of E-flat or A major.

Charles-Louis Hanon (1819-1900) was a prolific composer, writing piano concert music and teaching pieces including The Virtuoso Pianist. He spent the first part of his career as a church organist and choir director. After leaving the church, Hanon continued to teach voice and piano in Boulogne, France. He was a devout Catholic and supported the church and its charities throughout his lifetime.

Hanon for Students, Books 1 – 3 are now available from $7.99 - $8.50 each, and can be found at music retail stores and at alfred.com/piano.