Alfred Music Expands Classics for the Developing Pianist Series with New Study Guides, Books 1–3

January 19, 2018

Classics for the Developing PianistAlfred Music, the leading publisher in music education since 1922, is proud to announce the addition of Study Guides, Books 1–3 to the Classics for the Developing Pianist Series.

The three new books in the Classics for the Developing Pianist series present study guides for 60 masterworks, ranging from early intermediate through late intermediate levels, that editors Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer believe developing pianists should study and perform. Each book contains 20 study guides to pieces selected from the four main style periods. Each study guide presents a short background of the piece and composer, and features a section explaining the form of the piece and the performance techniques used. This is followed up with a step-by-step process of building each technique needed from preliminary activities, practice suggestions, specific practice excerpts, and the finishing touches necessary for a student to perform with mastery.

Book 1 contains selections for early intermediate pianists. Titles: Arabesque, Op. 100, No. 2 (Burgmüller) • The Bear (Rebikov) • Écossaise in G Major, WoO 23 (Beethoven) • Melody, Op. 68, No. 1 (Schumann) • Menuet en rondeau (Rameau) • Menuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114 (J. S. Bach) • Musette in D Major, BWV Anh. 126 (J. S. Bach) • Sonatina in G Major, Anh. 5, No. 1 (Beethoven) • The Wild Rider, Op. 68, No. 8 (Schumann) • and more.

Book 2 contains selections for intermediate pianists. Titles: Alfedans (Elfin Dance), Op. 12, No. 4 (Grieg) • Avalanche, Op. 45, No. 2 (Heller) • Ballade, Op. 100, No. 15 (Burgmüller) • Old French Song, Op. 39, No. 16 (Tchaikovsky) • Prelude in C Major, BWV 939 (J. S. Bach) • Solfeggieto (C. P. E. Bach) • Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 1 (Clementi) • To a Wild Rose, Op. 51, No. 1 (MacDowell) • Waltz in B Minor, Op. 18, No. 6; D. 145 (Schubert) • and more.

Book 3 contains selections for late intermediate pianists. Titles: About Foreign Lands and People, Op. 15, No. 1 (Schumann) • Bagatelle in G Minor, Op. 119, No. 1 (Beethoven) • Bagatelle, Op. 5, No. 10 (Tcherepnin) • Für Elise, WoO 59 (Beethoven) • Invention No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784 (J. S. Bach) • Knecht Ruprecht, Op. 68, No. 12 (Schumann) • Le petit nègre (Debussy) • Prelude in C Major, BWV 846 (J. S. Bach) • Sonata in C Major, K. 545 (I) (W. A. Mozart) • Song without Words ("Consolation"), Op. 30, No. 3 (Mendelssohn) • Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posth. (Chopin) • and more.

Study Guide Books 1-3 are a follow-up to the already well-known Classics for the Developing Pianist, Repertoire Books 1–5. The five repertoire books present 100 masterworks ranging from early-intermediate through advanced level that the editors believe developing pianists should study and perform. Each book contains 20 pieces selected from the four main style periods as well as additional suggestions for repertoire from the 20th century. Book 1 contains selections for early-intermediate pianists.

Classics for the Developing Pianist, Study Guide Books 1–3 are available for $9.99, $10.50, and $10.99 at music retail stores, online retailers, and alfred.com.

Review copies are available upon request.

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