for Ten Fingers is a collection of short piano images for children
and adults, suitable for players from intermediate to early advanced
levels. Rooted in the tradition of the character piece, each miniature
paints a picture, tells a story, or recreates particular pianistic
textures from the past. Hints of Schumann and Chopin stand alongside
references to Latin American folk music, all embedded in a rich
and colorful harmonic atmosphere. The Watercolors, which came to
life from my musical memories and thoughts, are now ready to greet
the world on their own. I can see them: one, a slimy caterpillar
promenading about; another, a poor lizard who can't find his way
home; that sailboat languidly breaking the waves of the ocean; those
spiders persevering in their webs; two puppets dancing a tango.
It delights me that these musical images have become a bridge between
you, the reader, and me, the writer. I imagine you playing the keys,
listening attentively, turning the printed pages, perhaps smiling
at the titles. I hope that you enjoy playing these watercolors as
much as I enjoyed composing them.
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by FJH. All rights reserved.