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    The Classical Masters: Easy Piano Solos by Master Composers of the Period

    Selected and edited by Gail Lew
    Piano solo collection.
    Published by Alfred Publishing. (EL9703A) 32 pages.
    Level: Early Intermediate (Level 3)
    Featuring authentic keyboard pieces exclusively from the Classical Period, this collection serves as an excellent introduction to classical keyboard literature for late-elementary to early-intermediate level performers. Well-placed fingerings, minimal dynamic markings, suggested realizations of ornaments in footnotes, limited articulations, and well-spaced engraving makes this an ideal transitional book to bridge the gap into standard repertory.

    Contents: Country Dance in D, Ecossaise Woo23, and German Dance in A WoO42 by Beethoven; German Dance in D, Minuet in G, and German Dance in E by Haydn; Gigue by Arnold, Little Dance and Rondo by Turk, Melody and Sonatina Op. 168, No. 2 by Diabelli, Menuett K.1, K.2, K.6 and Allegro, K. 3 by Mozart; Two Minuets by Leopold Mozart, Minuetto by Hook; Sonatina in C by Duncombe; and Sonatina in C by Haslinger.

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    The Contemporary Masters: Easy Piano Solos by Master Composers of the Period

    Compiled and edited by Gail Lew
    Piano solo collection
    Published by Alfred Publishing. (EL9705A) 24 pages.
    Level: Early Intermediate (Level 3)
    Featuring authentic keyboard pieces exclusively from the Contemporary Period, this collection serves as an excellent introduction to modern keyboard masterpieces. Well-placed fingerings, careful editing that maintains the intent of the composer, and well-spaced engraving make this an ideal transitional book from method books to masterworks. Gail Lew commissioned the contemporary painting on the cover, by Miami artist Michael Balbone. Outstanding literature in this collection was selected for its quality and accessibility. Of special interest is a piece for prepared piano by California composer B.J. Rosco.

    Contents: Peasant Dance by Goedicke, miniatures by Bartók and Kabalevsky, selections from Op. 98 by Gretchaninoff, The Bear by Rebikov, Berceuse by Satie, Soldier’s March and Waltz by Shostakovitch, Slow Waltz and Dancing Air by Tansman; Forest Dawn by George; Skeleton Scamper by Elvina Pearce; Floating Clouds at Sunset and Midnight Echoes by B.J. Rosco; and Chimes by Alexander Tcherepnin.

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    Dolly Suite, Op. 56

    By Gabriel Fauré. Edited by Gail Lew
    Published by Alfred Publishing (EL03505A) 56 pages
    Piano duet (1 piano, 4 hands)
    Level: Intermediate to Late Intermediate (Level 4-6)
    This popular suite of piano pieces is one of the treasures of the four-hand repertoire. The suite opens with a dreamy and tranquil Berceuse. Mi-a-ou, the second piece, is full of rhythmical leaps and energy. Along with Le jardin de Dolly, Kitty-valse, Tendresse, and Pas espagnol, the collection is filled with Impressionistic color and delicacy. Engraved in score form with primo above secondo for ease in rehearsal.

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    Favorite Recital Repertoire

    24 Piano Pieces from Four Stylistic Periods
    Selected and edited by Gail Lew
    Published by Alfred Publishing (EL03459A) 72 pages
    Level: Intermediate (Level 4-5)
    This collection of authentic keyboard literature is for any pianist at the intermediate level who wants to perform brilliant, showy pieces. The book consists of carefully selected repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. These 24 proven student favorites were chosen for melodic content, rhythmic vitality, and pianistic flair. Contemporary composers include Erik Satie, Yoshinao Nakada, Robert Starer, Alexandre Tansman, Alexander Gretchaninoff, and a newly composed work by Dave Brubeck.

    Contents: Gavota and Sonata in D minor by Scarlatti, Minuet in G Major and G minor by Christian Petzold, two additional minuets from the Notebook for Anna Magdelena Bach, Allegro in F major by Haydn, Für Elise by Beethoven, Menuet by Mozart, Polonaise and Solfeggietto by C.P.E Bach, Sonatina in A minor by Benda, Avalanche and Etude in A minor by Heller, Ballade by Burgmüller, Mazurka in G minor by Chopin, Prelude by Maykapar, Bright Orange by Starer, Etude Allegro by Nakada, Gymnopedie No. 1 by Satie, In Memory of George Gershwin “1925” by Tansman, Waltz by Gretchaninoff, and Strictly Fourths by Brubeck. 

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    The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

    By Claude Debussy edited by Gail Lew
    Piano solo sheet music
    Published by Alfred Publishing (PA02347A) 8 pages
    Level: Late Intermediate (Level 7)
    Debussy’s music epitomizes the concept of Impressionism in music. This famous lyrical piece, one of the most famous from Debussy’s Preludes, Book 1, is awash with color and atmosphere. Drawing on the original autographed manuscript and first edition by Durand, all editorial details are contained in footnotes or parentheses.

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    Gurlitt, Book 1-Little Melodic Etudes Op. 187

    Edited by Gail Lew
    Published by Alfred Publishing (ELM02020) 48 pages
    Level: Late Elementary. (Level 2)
    The short pieces in Opus 187 are important for development of technique, independence of the hands, and the playing of passagework for the young pianist. All of the pieces are short, and most use intervals no larger than a fifth; most are in five-finger positions using the keys of C major, G major , D major, D minor, and Fmajor. These excellent studies may be used for sight-reading and transposition.

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    Gurlitt, Volume 2-Op. 82

    Edited by Gail Lew
    Published by Alfred Publishing (ELM02021) 64 pages
    Level: Early Intermediate (Level 3)
    These excellent studies are highly recommended for sight-reading and transposition. Performance notes and impeccable editing make this volume indispensable for early-level students.

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    Italian Polka

    By Sergei Rachmaninoff edited by Gail Lew
    Piano duet sheet music (1 piano, 4 hands) with optional trumpet solo
    Published by Alfred Publishing (F02350A) 16 pages
    Level: Late Intermediate (Level 6)
    The energetic and bright Italian Polka, scored for one piano, four hands, and trumpet solo alternates between Eb minor and Eb major, ending in a dramatic fortissimo in the major key. This piece is a real crowd-pleaser for “pop” concerts or recital programs. A pull out trumpet part is included.

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    Selections from Pedal Preludes

    By Samuel Maykapar edited by Gail Lew
    Piano solo collection.
    Published by Alfred Publishing (ELM00048A) 36 pages
    Level: Intermediate to late intermediate (Level 5-6)
    This collection features the most widely taught preludes by twentieth-century Russian composer Samuel Maykapar. Maykapar wrote these preludes to introduce piano students to many different types of pedal technique. The preludes, written in a highly romantic style, are valuable for both study and performance. This volume includes an excellent composer biography, suggested reading list, and extensive performance notes. It is also an important reference work on use of pedal.

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    Poemetti

    By Gian-Carlo Menotti edited by Gail Lew
    Piano solo collection.
    Published by Alfred Publishing (ELM03005A)
    Level: Late Intermediate (Level 6-8)
    This set of 12 short and effective works by Italian-born Gian-Carlo Menotti contains both Romantic and Impressionistic elements. The addition of performance notes, composer biography, fingering, pedaling, and impeccable editing makes this a valuable collection for both study and performance.

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    Selections From Seriously Brubeck

    Music by Dave Brubeck. Edited by Gail Lew and John Salmon
    Piano solo collection.
    Published by Alfred Publishing. (ELM02031) 52 pages.
    Level: Early Advanced (Level 8)
    The seven pieces in this volume are excerpted from two ballet suites composed by Dave Brubeck. They represent easier late-intermediate selections from “Seriously Brubeck.” Struttin’ and Doing the Charleston are from the four-movement set Glances. Also included are five selections from points on Jazz: Prelude, Scherzo, Rag, Waltz, and A la Turk. Points on Jazz was commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre and the cover of this incredible collection features Dave at the piano surrounded by the dancers.

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    Seriously Brubeck

    Music by Dave Brubeck. Edited by Gail Lew and John Salmon
    Piano solo collection.
    Published by Alfred Publishing. (ELM02037) 206 pages.
    Level: Advanced (Level 10)
    This comprehensive anthology of Dave Brubeck’s serious piano works is filled with dynamic works for the early advanced to advanced pianist. These dramatic concert works effectively showcase Brubeck’s compositional genius. Numerous photos are included.

    Contents: Glances (a four-movement suite); Points on Jazz (an eight-part jazz ballet); Chromatic Fantasy Sonata, a four-movement contemporary sonata with fugue; Tritonis, a contemporary concert work full of harmonic creativity; They All Sang Yankee Doodle (theme and variations); and The Salmon Strikes Back.

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    Sonatinas, Volume I: Early Intermediate Piano Solos by Master Composers

    Selected and edited by Gail Lew
    Piano solo collection.
    Published by Alfred Publishing. (ELM00037A) 48 pages.
    Level: Early Intermediate (Level 3)
    Editor Gail Lew provides teachers and students with an ideal introduction to some of the easiest classical keyboard sonatinas ever written. Key signatures are limited to only the familiar keys of C major, G major, and F major. This valuable collection for teaching elements of musical form includes written-out ornaments in footnotes, composer biographies, and careful attention to editorial details of fingering, phrasing, and pedaling. All music is presented in its original form.

    Contents: Sonatina in C Major, Op. 57, No. 1 (Biehl); Sonatina in C Major (Haslinger); Sonatina in C Major (Latour); Sonatina in G Major (Attwood); Sonatina in C Major (Duncombe); Sonatina in G Major (Beethoven); Sonatina in F Major (Beethoven); and Sonatina in C Major, op. 36, No. 1 (Clementi).

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About Me

Gail Lew is the former director of keyboard publications for Warner Bros. Music and currently serves as Editor and New Music Reviewer for the California Music Teacher magazine, Chairperson for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Committee on Independent Music Teachers, adjunct professor of applied piano for Las Positas College, and adjudicator for state, national, and international events. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Master of Arts Degree in Music History, and Lifetime California State Teaching Credential..More ...