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New Halloween Favorites Piano Solos Collections Released by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Alfred Music Publishing, the official print music publisher of thousands of popular artists, songwriters, and composers, releases Halloween Favorites, Books 1–4, a collections of fun Halloween-themed piano solos for students at the early elementary through intermediate levels.

Throughout the years, Alfred Music Publishing and Myklas Music Press have published solos for the Halloween season that have become favorites of both students and teachers. Halloween Favorites, Books 1–4, represents the most popular and effective solos drawn from the catalogues of both companies. Divided into four graded collections, outstanding works are included by Sharon Aaronson, Dennis Alexander, Christine H. Barden, Melody Bober, Anne Shannon Demarest, W. T. Skye Garcia, Mary Hauber, Bernadine Johnson, David Karp, Martha Mier, June Montgomery, Joyce Schatz Pease, Ruth Perdew, John Robert Poe, Catherine Rollin, Mary K. Sallee, George Peter Tingley, Robert D. Vandall, and Kim Williams.

Book 1 (00-39413) includes 9 pieces appropriate for early elementary to elementary students, with a limited reading range and simple coordination between the hands. Some of the pieces include optional duet accompaniment. Titles: Witch on a Super-Speed Broom * Black Cats Waltzing * Dear Mister Pumpkin * Trick or Treat Suite * One Scary Night * The Ghost Who Couldn’t Say “Boo!” * Creepy Creaky Sounds * Midnight Shadows * What Should I Be for Halloween?

Book 2 (00-39414) includes 11 pieces appropriate for elementary to late elementary students, with a reading range that includes notes above and below the grand staff. Mobility around the keyboard is required. Other challenges include using the damper pedal in simple ways, playing in compound meter, and reading dotted quarter notes as well as easy eighth-note passages. Titles: Jumpin’ Pumpkins * The Three-Legged Witch! * Witches’ Waltz * Little Black Cat * Pumpkin, Pumpkin * Cool Ghoul * The Pumpkin Boogie * The Wobbly Old Witch and Her Cat * Jazzy Jack-o’-Lanterns * Jack-o’-Lantern Boo! * The Hungry Ghost.

Book 3 (00-39415) includes 10 pieces appropriate for late elementary to early intermediate students. Challenges include pedaling more frequently than at the earlier levels; varying articulation; reading D minor, G minor, and C minor key signatures; balancing a left-hand melody against a right-hand accompaniment; and moving with ease around the keyboard. Titles: Spooky Footsteps * It’s a Scary Night! * Mountain Ghost Town * Halloween Hoedown * Witches’ Brew * Halloween Night * Grumpy Old Witch * Halloween Dance * Creepy Footsteps * Skeleton Dance!

Book 4 (00-39416) includes nine pieces appropriate for early intermediate to intermediate students. Challenges include reading syncopated rhythms and triplets, performing extended eighth note passages, playing triads and inversions, and developing independence between the hands. Titles: March of the Great Pumpkins * Cool Ghouls * Jack-o’-Lantern Jamboree * Howlin’ Halloween * House of Shadows * Black Cat Scherzo * Goblins and Ghosties * Ghosts on the Run! * March of the Goblins.

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving the environment, the books are printed on 100% recycled paper.

Halloween Favorites, Books 1–4 are now available for $6.99 each and can be found at music retail stores and at alfred.com/piano.