International Folksongs: 20 Selections From Around the World by ProQuest

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Piano International Folksongs: 20 Selections From Around the World, arranged by Phillip Keveren. Students who are attracted to music from different cultures and other parts of the world will enjoy being able to have one book that includes music from parts of Europe, Asia, North America, the United Kingdom and other diverse locations from around the globe; this being one of the most favorable aspects of this collection.

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									                                           marked very clearly with specifically
              Piano                        detailed dynamics and articulations.
                                           The note size and spacing makes these
8 International Folksongs: 20              pieces particularly easy to read and
Selections From Around the World,          even more accessible. Most of the
arranged by Phillip Keveren. Hal           selections are composed with simple
Leonard Corporation, 2009.                 rhythms. Several of the pieces do
www.musicdispatch.com; (800) 637-          include dotted quarter notes followed
2852; 52pp. $12.99.                        by eighth notes, so a student would
   This collection of International Folk   need knowledge of counting these
Songs is a part of The Phillip Keveren     types of rhythms before beginning this
Series published by Hal Leonard.           work. The most rhythmically challeng-
Keveren has compiled and arranged 20       ing piece is a Jamaican tune, “Water
folk songs from 17 different countries.    Come a Me Eye,” which includes syn-
Students who are attracted to music        copated rhythms. Only one piece is
from different cultures and other parts    written in a compound meter, “Rosa
of the world will enjoy being able to      from the Netherlands.” There are rare
have one book that includes music          usages of accidentals and pedaling.
from parts of Europe, Asia, North          One piece has hand crossing and two
America, the United Kingdom and            others include octave changes.
other diverse locations from around           Overall, I think that this is a very
the globe; this being one of the most      nice collection of well-arranged solos.
favorable aspects of this collection.      The only deterring factor could be that
   The arranger was careful not to         the book may not appeal to all stu-
make each piece too lengthy, yet was       dents, and with 20 pieces included a
able to make a complete solo version       teacher may or may not be able to
of each tune. The title of each piece is   work on all of the pieces with one stu-
listed in the language of the country of   dent. However, it could make for a
origin, with English subtitles when        very fascinating summer study project.
applicable. These pieces are all in        ––Reviewed by Rebekah H. Jones,
accessible keys, including C, G, D and     Bogart, G
								
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