Compositions
National Federation Titles - 2014-16
Concertante in G Major

This electrifying 3-movement work contains brisk passage work designed to fit neatly in the hand, seamless harmonic shifts, thrilling meter changes and built-in technical fireworks throughout. 2 copies needed for performance.

Listen to young performers playing movements 1 & 2 of this concerto on "YouTube".   Type in the following link on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEkE-2LYBv0

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Concertino in D Major

This exciting piece in one movement for two pianos showcases the interesting rhythms and tonalities for which Dennis Alexander is so well known. A General MIDI disk, available separately, includes a full piano recording and background accompaniment. The two parts are equal in difficulty, and both are included.

Listen to young pianists perform this work by copying & pasting in the following address on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktowjEYyKYM

 

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Fanfare Toccata-Rondo (Late Intermediate)

Written for two pianos, four hands, this appealing piece features driving rhythms in both the melody and the accompaniment. Both piano parts are equal in difficulty and share the melody. Students will find this ensemble fun to play. Audiences will find it to be a real showstopper!

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Flirtatious (Intermediate)

This sparkling Intermediate Level arrangement of a popular piece from "Just for You" Bk. 2 is a sure recital winner. Scored for two pianos--four hands, it's infectious melody and rhythm will delight both performers and audience alike. Two parts are included.

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Elegy (for LH alone)

Even though the left hand alone is featured in this beautiful "Andante Espressivo" piece, the artist will be playing above the center of the keyboard as well as below. It is set in D Major with a predominantly eighth note rhythm and a very legato, sustained flow, nicely balanced between melody and accompaniment.

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Hoedown Tonight (Elementary Trio)
Three young performers will love "bouncing" through this happy piece, filled with infectious square-dance styling. The 4/4 meter and C Major key signature make this one friendly for early students, and the nice blend of staccato and legato, as well as contrasts of soft and loud sections, will provide the young pianists with a valuable opportunity to sharpen their rhythm and ensemble skills. Each of the 3 parts has an important and fun role to play in the performance, and students will love playing it "just for fun," too.
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Patriotic Solo Book 2 (Alexander/Gerou) Late El.

Alfred's Basic Piano Library --- Playing patriotic music is enjoyable for young performers, too, either during practice or when performing for family and friends. These Patriotic Books are correlated with Lesson Books of Alfred's Basic Piano Library. Easy-to-master arrangements of popular and classic patriotic melodies are featured in each volume. Words are also included.  Titles include: America; America, the Beautiful; Battle Hymn of the Republic;  Caisson Song,; The Marines' Hymn;  Simple Gifts; The Star Spangled Banner;  The Stars and Stripes Forever;  Yankee Doodle.

Hear Dennis Alexander perform these Federation selections:  A.  America;  B.  Yankee Doodle;  C. Star Spangled Banner

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Caprice a la Carte

This sparkling solo is in cut time, with 5-finger patterns that move all over the keyboard. It's perfect for the student with small hands who wants something "flashy" and fun to play. Students will love the ending! Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.

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Arioso in Eb (for RH Alone)
This solo in Eb major is a gem in the repertoire for Right Hand alone. Marked "adagio cantabile", it starts with a beautiful melodic line in harmonic 6ths supported by arpeggiated chords in the lower register. The middle section modulates to D major and builds to a convincing climax before returning to the quiet mood of the opening. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Staccato Strut

 

Staccatos, diatonic triads, and chromaticism lend a contemporary feel to this solo. The allegro tempo marking and 4/4 meter give it the feeling of a quick march. Careful attention to the articulations and voicing of the melody (in both the right and left hands) will guarantee a satisfying musical performance.       Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo.  Click on arrow.  

 

 

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Valse triste

 

Exploring the romantic style will be easy with this E minor solo in 3/4 meter. In A-B form, the left hand employs a simple broken-chord style accompaniment in the A section with the melody in the right hand. The B section features a left-hand melody with right-hand broken one-octave arpeggios. Balance between the hands and shaping the melody are two skills that can be honed in this lyrical solo.  Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo.  Click on arrow.  

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Just for Two, Bk. 1

 

My "Just for You" piano solo collections were some of the first books that I wrote for Alfred Music Publishing Company.  They have always been among the top sellers in my library.  Now, I am delighted to share with you duet versions of many favorites from those solo books in my new series, "Just for Two".   Piano students always enjoy making music together.  I hope that these duets will prove to be "twice the fun" of the original solo versions!  Enjoy, and happy music making.

Contents: Celebration! * Cinnamon Popcorn! * Dance with Me * Scottish Dance * Sour Lemons! * Strolling Along * Spooks from Mars * Tally-Ho March.  

Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following Federation selections:  A.  Cinnamon Popcorn;  B.  Dance With Me;  C.  Spooks from Mars  (Scottish Dance is also a Federation selection)

 

 

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Just for Two, Bk. 2

 

My "Just for You" piano solo collections were some of the first books that I wrote for Alfred Music Publishing Company.  They have always been among the top sellers in my library.  Now, I am delighted to share with you duet versions of many favorites from those solo books in my new series, "Just for Two".   Piano students always enjoy making music together.  I hope that these duets will prove to be "twice the fun" of the original solo versions!  Enjoy, and happy music making.

Contents: Autumn Splendor * Ballad * Bright Red * Fiesta Fever * The Last Dance * Montana Rag * Soft-Shoe Sally * Sound the Trumpets!.  

Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following Federation selections:  A.  Ballad;  B.  The Last Dance;  C.  Montana Rag  ("Soft Shoe Sally" and "Bright Red!"  are two other Federation selections)

 

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Just for Two, Bk. 3

 

My "Just for You" piano solo collections were some of the first books that I wrote for Alfred Music Publishing Company.  They have always been among the top sellers in my library.  Now, I am delighted to share with you duet versions of many favorites from those solo books in my new series, "Just for Two".   Piano students always enjoy making music together.  I hope that these duets will prove to be "twice the fun" of the original solo versions!  Enjoy, and happy music making.

Contents: Downright Cute! *Judy's Waltz * Jumpin' the Ivories* Just for You * Nocturne in E-flat Major * Raggedy Rag.  

Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following Federation selections:  A.  Judy's Waltz;  B.  Raggedy Rag;  C.  Nocturne in E-Flat Major  (Another selection includes "Jumpin' the Ivories).

 

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Valse Caprice

This is an "Allegro Brillante" showpiece waltz for two intermediate level pianists, written in various sections of D Major, E Major, E-flat Major, and C Major key signatures. Running eighth-note patterns predominate in varied but related themes, shared between the parts. Besides the shifts in key signatures, the dynamics vary widely, and the sweeping, ballroom style of the piece is sure to please both performers and listeners alike.

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Folk Song Silhouettes

Youngsters and adults alike will be delighted with these enchanting arrangements of folk songs favorites. Folk Song Silhouettes contains eight intermediate solo arrangements complete with lyrics. Titles include: • BARBRA ALLEN • ANNIE LAURIE • AURA LEE • BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR • JOHNNY HAS GONE FOR A SOLDIER • SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE • THE STREETS OF LAREDO • WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME

Hear Dennis Alexander perform these Federation selections  : A. Aura Lee; B. When Johnny Comes Marching Home; C. The Streets of Laredo

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Especially in Jazzy Style, Bk. 2

I have always loved improvising at the piano, and I am so fortunate that my piano teachers I studied with as a child never discouraged me from doing this!  I worked my way through college by playing in a private dinner club every weekend for almost four years.  It was then that I really learned to appreciate and experiment with jazz styles.  I've always felt that classically trained pianists would play music by the master composers even better if they had the ability to improvise and/or perform music by some of the jazz greats such as Oscar Peterson and  George Shearing.  Young pianists today can benefit so much from the syncopated rhythms of jazz, the unique and often unexpected harmonies, and the freedom of expression inherent in this style.  In "Especially in Jazzy Style, Book 2", students will be motivated by the infectious rhythms, harmonies, and lyrical melodies found in the pieces.  Teachers will have fun sharing the challenges of jazz styles with students, who might be playing this type of music for the very first time.  Enjoy, and be inspired by your personal interpretation of the solos in this collection.  Titles include:  COOL DUDE! * JAZZ NOCTURNE IN Bb MAJOR * NEW YEAR'S WALTZ * ONLY TIME WILL TELL * RAGTIME BOOGIE BLUES * STOMPIN' THE BLUES AWAY * SUMMER MOON * WITH MIXED EMOTIONS

Federation Selections:  (A) "Cool Dude";  (B) "Stompin' the Blues Away";  

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Especially in Jazzy Style, Bk. 1

I have always loved improvising at the piano, and I am so fortunate that my piano teachers I studied with as a child never discouraged me from doing this! I worked my way through college by playing in a private dinner club every weekend for almost four years. It was then that I really learned to appreciate and experiment with jazz styles. I've always felt that classically trained pianists would play music by the master composers even better if they had the ability to improvise and/or perform music by some of the jazz greats such as Oscar Peterson and George Shearing. Young pianists today can benefit so much from the syncopated rhythms of jazz, the unique and often unexpected harmonies, and the freedom of expression inherent in this style. In "Especially in Jazzy Style, Book 1", students will be motivated by the infectious rhythms, harmonies, and lyrical melodies found in the pieces. Teachers will have fun sharing the challenges of jazz styles with students, who might be playing this type of music for the very first time. Enjoy, and be inspired by your personal interpretation of the solos in this collection. Titles include: AS SEPTEMBER GOES * JAZZ JAM * PURPLE SAGE * RHYTHMICON * SMOOTH AS SILK * SNEAKIN' 'ROUND * SOFT-SHOE BLUES * SOUL SEARCHER * TAHITIAN NIGHTS * A TOUCH OF RHUMBA * VALSE DU JOUR

Federation Selections: (A) "A Touch of Rhumba"; (B) "Purple Sage"

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Winter's Serenade

This appealing solo is written in a romantic waltz style. The 3/4 meter helps to create a lilting melody in G major that is at once both lyrical and whimsical. A light treatment of the left-hand broken chords is essential to keeping the piece flowing. Perfect for any time of year, this piece is sure to become a favorite of both teenagers and adults.

 

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Vignettes of Hattiesburg ("Hurricane Warning")

Vignettes of Hattiesburg, travels to an iconic Mississippi city. Dedicated to the Hattiesburg Music Teachers League, each movement is a snapshot of the city and its surroundings. "Mobile Street Rock!" opens the suite with a steady rock beat, capturing the sound of the entertainment district that once centered around Mobile Street. Hattiesburg is also the home of The University of Southern Mississippi. Its famous rose garden is featured in the lyrical second movement, "The Perfect Rose." The last movement acknowledges the fury of Mother Nature and the havoc she can bring to the Gulf coast in "Hurricane Warning." "Hurricane Warning" is a Federation Festivals 2014-2016 selection.

 

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A Splash of Color, Bk. 3

Teachers are always searching for pieces which will immediately attract the attention of their junior high and high school students.  My own students at this age always enjoy learning through the use of imagery, and I frequently resort to the use of various colors in hopes of stretching their imaginations to new heights.  Some of your students may possibly think of other colors when playing these pieces, and of course that is not only good, but it is encouraged!  The important point is that the music creates a response;  the student should feel inspired by both the music and the power of imagination.  I hope that the music will bring many smiles to your students' faces and give them a sense of renewed enthusiasm for practicing the piano.  Enjoy!

Titles include:  LEMON ZEST;  FIELDS OF LAVENDER;  BLACK AND WHITE !;  AQUAMARINE;  TANGO A LA MANGO;  TITANIUM TOCCATA;  DARK CHESTNUT

 

Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following Federation selections:  A.  Tango a la Mango;  B.  Titanium Toccata  (Click on the arrow)

 

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Danza Spiccato

“Spiccato” is a staccato style of playing a stringed instrument where the bow literally bounces on the strings. Here, the performer’s fingers will be bouncing on the keys in this high-spirited dance. Changing meters (from 7/8 to 5/8), and articulations (from staccato to legato), combined with the key of D Mixolydian lend an exotic sound to this exciting solo. Bonus features include excellent reinforcement of bass clef reading for the right hand melody in the A section as well as second inversion triads in the B section. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this Federation solo. Click on arrow.

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Consolation in Db Major for RH alone

This beautiful and lyrical composition for RH Alone at the Early Advanced level was written by Dennis Alexander for his dear friend and musical colleague, Ingrid Clarfield. An active lecturer and adjudicator, Clarfield has given master classes, lecture-recitals and pedagogy workshops throughout the United States and Canada. She is a stroke survivor, who has lost the use of her left arm, but continues to inspire teachers and students alike through her brilliant teaching and lectures. Although written for RH Alone, the solo can easily be adapted for 2-hands with some changes in fingering.

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Patriotic Solo Book 1B (Alexander/Gerou)

Playing patriotic music is enjoyable for young performers, too, either during practice or when performing for family and friends. These Patriotic Books are correlated with Lesson Books of Alfred's Basic Piano Library. Easy-to-master arrangements of popular and classic patriotic melodies are featured in each volume. Words are also included.

Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following Federation selections:  A.  Battle Hymn of the Republic;  B. You're a Grand Old Flag

 

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