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numerous opportunities to expand lesson activities.
If a digital instrument is available, students could
play Farrington's composition on the gamelan
voice setting before improvising or composing
their own gamelan-inspired music. In addition, the
flowing eighths in "Gamelan Glimmer" are excellent
preparation for an intermediate arrangement of
Yiruma's River Flows in You, a popular favorite with
Many pieces in the Grade 4 volume are also
probably new to many pupils. In addition to more
familiar selections such as Kabalevsky's Sonatina
in A minor and an arrangement of Julius Fucik's
"Entrance of the Gladiators," Farrington includes
William Byrd's "La Volta," Duke Ellington's "Rude
Interlude," and Carlos Gardel's tango, "Por una
Cabeza" ("By a Head"). As students advance to
Grade 5, Farrington features pieces by Aaron
Copland ("In Evening Air"), contemporary
composer Elena Kats-Chernin ("Little Door," a
composition replete with left-hand jumps), and
Eugénie Rocherolle's arrangement of Rodgers and
Hammerstein's "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."
Grade by Grade also contains exercises in sight
reading, improvisation, aural awareness, theory,
and technique, along with practice suggestions.
Further, Farrington provides a short historical or
stylistic introduction for each selection; if students
do nothing but read these introductions, their
knowledge of musical history and style will increase
Perhaps the only shortcoming of these
anthologies is their miserly use of fingering; the
majority of pieces have no fingering suggestions.
On the other hand, teachers who frequently find
themselves reworking editorial fingering choices
may be happy for the omission.
Any concern about missing fingering, however, is
a minor one. Admiration for Farrington's creative,
artistic selection of repertoire will overpower any
small objections. Perhaps best of all, teachers will
have a chance to teach truly contemporary music.
(Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard, Book 3, $16.99;
Book 4, $17.99; Book 5, $18.99)
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