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Intermediate Solo Sheets
Adios, el Amor Dulce
The tenderness of saying good-bye to a loved one is depicted beautifully in this lyrical and romantic-style solo, an image that will inspire students. Many patterns are found throughout that will be helpful in learning, including melodic sequences in the right-hand melody and harmonic sequences in the left hand. Challenges of the piece include projecting the melody over the lush accompaniment, legato pedal and using rubato for an expressive performance. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo.  Click on arrow.
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Chanson Triste
One hears a troubadour singing a tender, sad song throughout this lovely solo. A few voicing challenges within the RH, with some beautiful harmonic changes. A good solo for the musical student! Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 2" Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Dizzy Delight
The feel of "spinning" is constant throughout this 3/4 time piece in D minor, featuring shifts in meter, accents, contrasting dynamics, and a lot of running "dizzy" eighth note patterns. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 2" Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Dreamin'
This gentle rock piece has a very catchy melody line that could easily have been set to words. Teen players should really like this one!
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Gardens in the Mist
This Impressionistic solo is a popular one in the library----lots of whole tone patterns, beautiful melodic lines, and graceful choreography.
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Mooncrossing
This solo employs mixed meters, beautiful transparent harmonies, and creates a rather impressionistic quality throughout with it's use of pedal, grace notes, and flowing patterns. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 2"
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Newport Rock
Perfect piece for the student looking for a dynamic, upbeat and very rhythmical solo! They'll need to count those syncopated rhythms carefully. Students and audience alike will love the ending to this one. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 2" Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Prelude and Toccata
A very popular work in the library, these two movements create an exciting contrast, sure to please audiences, teachers and students. Both the prelude and the toccata are in D minor and feature unusual meters, lyrical melodies and lush, sweeping harmonic shifts. Composed for the Linda Kennedy piano studio in Maumelle, AR who commissioned it as part of her "Adopt a Composer" program. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Scherzo in A Minor
Playful solo in 3/8 meter. Lots of sparkling energy throughout and a play on rhythms. Good recital piece. Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 2"
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Souvenir
If you're looking for a tender, lyrical piece, this solo will certainly fit the bill. G major, 3/4 meter. Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 2"
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Toccata Brillante
This one is a true "pupil saver" and best seller! A "toccata" is a "touch" piece, and this intermediate level solo offers good contrasts in touch, shifting rhythms, and dynamics. The meter changes from 2/2 to 1/2 (!) to 5/4 time, and the tempo is marked as "Presto." The left hand does quite a bit of ostinato broken octave work and the right hand will have broken chord and scale work. Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 2" Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Valse élégante
The title of this piece says it all as it truly is an "elegant waltz." Its sophisticated sound and style will be particularly appealing to teenage and adult students. Written in G major and 3/4 meter, the right-hand melody encompasses a wide range of the keyboard. The A-B-A form features a running left-hand accompaniment in the A section followed by a syncopated pattern of broken chords and fifths in the B section. The abbreviated return of the A section is followed by a coda that brings the piece to a beautiful close. 4 pages. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Valse moderne
As the title implies, this waltz is contemporary in style and sound. In D minor, the mildly dissonant harmonies and slight chromaticism in the melody create an appealing sound that intermediate students will like. The right-hand melody offers a wonderful opportunity for lyrical, expressive playing while the left-hand chords are an excellent source for analysis. Together, they create a charming solo with lots of performance potential. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Topsy Turvy Rag - Level 4 (Intermediate)
Boys will especially love this catchy solo, with it's use of triads and inversions, syncopated melodies, and happy go lucky character! Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Tender Moments - Level 4 (Intermediate)
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Mazurka in E Minor - Level 4 (Intermediate)
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El Zapateado
A zapateado is a Spanish dance for one person accompanied by the guitar. It is always in triple meter, and the feet of the dancer make a considerable amount of noise. Dennis Alexander captures the characteristics of this dance in this intermediate solo. Written in A minor and 3/4 time, students will enjoy the alternating rhythm between the hands and a lyrical, left-hand melody. This piece will make an exciting recital or contest solo. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 2"
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Turboccata
This intermediate solo is a surefire recital winner! Designed to take advantage of the strongest fingers in the rapid patterns of the RH, this energetic piece sounds much more difficult than it really is. It also works well for the student with a small hand. Boys will especially love this catchy solo, with it's use of triads and inversions, syncopated melodies, and happy go lucky character! Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 2"
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Notturno
This flowing and very lyrical solo has hints of Gabriel Faure's art songs. Lush harmonies, with an accompaniment pattern divided between the hands, this solo will create immediate appeal with an audience! Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 2"
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Rhythm Roulette
This exciting solo is sure to be a favorite for recitals and contests. Its rhythmic drive and energy will be appealing to students and audiences alike. The key of A minor and the presto tempo marking add to the mood and style of the piece. Careful counting is a must as the rhythm is highly syncopated. The piece lies nicely under the hands without any large stretches, making it a good solo for advancing students with small hands. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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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 Recital Suite

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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