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(E2-3) Just for Two: 16 Easy Piano Duets by John Kember. The versatile British composer and teacher John Kember has published numerous pedagogical collections, including five books of duets. Just for Two is his most recent contribution, and the collection contains sixteen elementary-to-intermediate level duets that feature equal difficulty for each player.

Kember’s specialization in jazz and popular composition is evident in Just for Two. Pieces like “Jazz Waltz,” “Habanera,” “Blues for Two,” and “Bossa Nova” are above-average examples, made even more appealing by the full, layered sound created by four hands. The composer also mixes popular styles with references to classical art music, as in “Petite Valse,” “Berceuse,” “Romanza,” and “Song Without Words.” Throughout, Kember displays a gift for fashioning interesting, lyrical melodies over elegant accompaniments. Though the pieces are simply structured, they are uni-

formly charming, with just enough subtle harmonic change to keep the listener engaged. Additionally, because the music is so structurally clear, these pieces are excellent choices for teaching accompanimental style, as well as analysis of harmony, rhythm, and form. The edition is clear and clean, which gives the music an added sense of maturity. Though some of the pieces are quite easy, the sophisticated presentation makes Just for Two a good choice for a college or adult piano class. I highly recommend this collection as a strong addition to the pedagogical duet repertoire. (Schott/Hal Leonard, $14.95) K.E. (S3-6) Presto e leggiero, edited by Ágnes Lakos. This collection of fiftyeight technical studies is compiled from the works of sixteen keyboard masters, from Francesco Ricci (1732-1817) to the most recent of the group, Carl Reinecke (1824-1910). Each selection ranges from eight to twenty-six measures, and the collection addresses a large scope of technical issues. While the pieces are somewhat progressive, teachers also could select studies at random in order to address particular technical challenges. Following the order of the studies as published, however, would provide students with a complete program of technical study. The book provides practice in technical issues such as scale and arpeggio playing, wrist rotation using broken intervals, fivefinger patterns with octave leaps, parallel and repeated sixths and thirds, and multiple voicings within the same hand. The pattern and brevity of each exercise will allow the student to memorize the selection quickly so that all attention may then be given to the look of the arms, wrists, hands, and fingers during practice. Ample fingering suggestions, articulations, and phrase indications are included. (Editio Musica Budapest/Hal Leonard, $14.99) K.W.B. (S4) Satie: Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes, edited by Matthew Edwards. In recent years, Schirmer Performance Editions have provided new collections of popular classical teaching pieces. The volumes are sophisticated, with beautifully designed covers, wellresearched historical and performance notes, and
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012

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• Brussels-concert at the Musical Instruments Museum; Grand Place • Day-trip to Brugges; Beethoven’s ancestry in Mechelen • Rhine river cruise; Concert and visit of Beethoven museum in Bonn • Concerts at the Karlovy Vary Beethoven Festival; excursion to Teplitz • Vienna– Pasqualati and Heiligenstadt houses; Theater an der Wien; composers’ graves at Zentralfriedhof; gala dinner at the Sacher Hotel
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Contents
Editor's Page: New discoveries
Variations: Tackling a twelve-year old's slump
Musings: Creative being and the disciplined life
An interview with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
The story of music on board the RMS Titanic
The enchanted world of piano fairy tales
Jazz & Pop: The rhythms of jazz: Syncopation
Music Reading: Recipes for effective teaching
Perspectives: Coping with burnout
Technology: Virtual reality in the piano studio
Tech Tips
First Looks: What Music Means To Me
New music reviews
CD & DVD reviews
News & Notes
Pupil Saver
Keyboard Kids' Companion
Advertiser Index
Questions & Answers
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Contents
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Editor's Page: New discoveries
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 5
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Variations: Tackling a twelve-year old's slump
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Musings: Creative being and the disciplined life
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - An interview with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - The story of music on board the RMS Titanic
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - The enchanted world of piano fairy tales
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Jazz & Pop: The rhythms of jazz: Syncopation
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 37
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Music Reading: Recipes for effective teaching
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 39
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 41
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Perspectives: Coping with burnout
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 45
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Technology: Virtual reality in the piano studio
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Tech Tips
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 49
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - New music reviews
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 51
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 52
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 53
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - CD & DVD reviews
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 55
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - News & Notes
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Pupil Saver
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 59
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Keyboard Kids' Companion
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - 61
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Advertiser Index
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Questions & Answers
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