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Duration: 7 minutes

THE PIANO DREAMS OF EMPIRE (1994)
for Solo Piano

Commissioned by the Music Teachers Association of California

In addition to being simply a 7-minute long concert piece for piano, The Piano Dreams of Empire was also composed with a view to addressing certain technical issues important to the development of the advancing intermediate student.

The main objectives are:
-- taking possession of the entire geography of the keyboard;
-- the dramatic use of silence;
-- clear projection of dynamic contrasts;
-- clear and precise projection of irregular rhythmic and metric groups.
 

The published score comes with a four page study guide to help students and teachers address these aspects of the piece's performance.


 

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