Through the amiable genre of the “sonatina”, generations of piano pupils have slowly and cautiously approached its “big sister”, the sonata. With the aid of our three-volume selection of sonatinas from two centuries, intermediate piano pupils large and small can undertake an excursion through the development of piano music from the early 18th to the end of the 19th century. This third volume contains eight easy to moderately difficult sonatinas from the romantic period by composers such as Fibich, Heller, Kirchner, Raff and Schumann. A number of 19th-century composers took advantage of the generic term “sonatina” in order to evade the high demands being made on the sonata at that time. Thus the pupil will need to deal here with works that are longer and more demanding in terms of technique and content than those in volumes I and II. For advanced piano pupils!
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This volume concludes a three-part edition of selected sonatinas from two centuries. It is intended to provide the reader a musical tour through the evolution of piano music from the outset of the eighteenth century (Domenico Scarlatti and Handel) to the latter part of the nineteenth. The three volumes are by and large in chronological order, except that each of them opens … more