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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.
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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