Compositions
Intermediate Solo Collections
Just for You, Bk. 3
A series of books that meet the challenge of providing students with fun music that makes practicing enjoyable as well as being entertaining for the listener. Four volumes of lyrical waltzes, romantic ballads, lively rags and swinging jazz pieces spanning elementary through late-intermediate grades. Titles include: • DOWNRIGHT CUTE! • DREAM FANTASY • GENTLE HEARTS • GOT THE FEELIN' • JUDY'S WALTZ • JUMPIN' THE IVORIES • JUST FOR YOU • NOCTURNE IN E-FLAT • RAGGEDY RAG • SUMMER'S END • TARANTELLA FURIOSO

Selections: A - Nocturne in Eb Major; B -Got the Feelin'; C - Judy's Waltz

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The Magic of Music, Bk. 3
The exciting pieces in these collections are designed to entertain, reinforce and enhance the important music and technical skills being studied during the early levels. Students will develop their own magical imaginations with the repertoire contained in this series. Titles include: • BE BOPPIN' BOOGIE • GIVE ME FIVE • LIKE YESTERDAY • MIDNIGHT WALTZ • MOORISH GARDENS • MOUNTAIN MISTS • TWIRLATHON

Selections: A. Midnight Waltz ; B.Twirlathon; C. Give Me Five

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A Splash of Color, Bk. 2

Piano solos that will immediately attract the attention of junior high and high school age students. Written and named to inspire students to learn through imagery and play with feeling. Titles include: • DARK CARAMEL • GREEN TANGERINE • TURQUOISE • VIOLETTA • ZINC PINK

Selections: A. Turquoise ; B. Green Tangerine; C. Violetta

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Sacred Silhouettes Revisited
Dennis Alexander presents nine musically rewarding arrangements of well-known sacred pieces. Titles: Abide with Me * God Will Take Care of You * In the Garden * Just As I Am * A Mighty Fortress Is Our God * The Old Rugged Cross * Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Selections: A. The Old Rugged Cross; B.A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; C. Just As I Am

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Performing in Style
A wonderful collection of original compositions in classic styles that range from Baroque to contemporary. It features dances, marches, sonatinas and other classic forms written especially for intermediate-level students. A brief synopsis of stylistic characteristics precedes the repertoire of each era. Titles include: • AIR IN D MINOR • ENTRΙE • FAREWELL • MARCH IN D MAJOR • PRELUDE IN G MAJOR • ROMANCE • SARABANDE • SONATINA IN G • SONATINA SPIRITOSO • SONG WITHOUT WORDS • VALSE IRONIQUE

MP3 Selections: A. March in D Major (Baroque) ; B. Sonatina Spiritoso, 3rd mv't. Rondo (Classical); C. Song Without Words (Romantic)

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Showstoppers
Showstoppers! contains five flashy solos for intermediate to late intermediate pianists. Carefully crafted with patterns that "fit the hand," these dazzling selections provide rapid gratification for students looking for a recital or festival winner. Titles include: • EL DIABLO • FRENZY • PERPETUAL MOTION • TEMPEST • TERRA-TOCCATA

MP3 Selections: A. Terra-Toccata; B. Frenzy; C. Perpetual Motion

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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

MP3 Selections: A. Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair; B. When Johnny Comes Marching Home; C. Aura Lee

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Keys to Stylistic Mastery, Bk. 2 (Clarfield, Alexander)
Keys to Stylistic Mastery teaches the basic principles of the five stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary) to piano students. The pieces were chosen to provide a helpful transition from method books to the classics. Composer Dennis Alexander has written at least one piece in the style of each period. Information about each style period, listing selected composers, keyboard instruments and typical forms, precedes the music from that period. Brief biographies of all composers represented are included.

Selections: A. Pachebel - Fuga; B. Sibelius - Valsette; C. Alexander - Aborigine; D. Alexander - Les Nuits Mystiques; E. Romantic Stylistic Traits

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Keys to Stylistic Mastery, Bk. 3 (Clarfield, Alexander)
Keys to Stylistic Mastery teaches the basic principles of the five stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary) to piano students. The pieces were chosen to provide a helpful transition from method books to the classics. Composer Dennis Alexander has written at least one piece in the style of each period. Information about each style period, listing selected composers, keyboard instruments and typical forms, precedes the music from that period. Brief biographies of all composers represented are included.

Selections: A. Reinhold - Hungarian Dance; B. Debussy - Album Leaf; C. Alexander - Toccata Chromatica; D. Table of Contents, Bk. 3; E. Contemporary Stylistic Traits

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Keys to Artistic Performance, Bk. 1 (Clarfield, Alexander)
This book is designed to teach students the skills that will transform average performances into polished, artistic ones. These skills are used by professional pianists to make their performances more expressive and dramatic. They are the "keys to artistic performance". The five "keys" for achieving performance artistry are: Color, Pedaling, Rubato, Characterization, Choreography. The authors have selected repertoire that showcases the five "keys" highlighted in this series. Several familiar favorites have been included, as well as some less-familiar pieces. Dennis Alexander has composed pieces especially for this series that feature and highlight the "keys" to artistic performance. Hear Dennis Alexander perform three pieces from this collection. Click on arrow.

Selections: A. Alexander - Elizabeth's Lullaby; B. Alexander - Scherzino; C. Alexander - March Breve; D. Streabbog - Distant Bells; E. Table of Contents; For the Teacher; Choreography

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Keys to Artistic Performance, Bk. 2 (Clarfield, Alexander)
This book is designed to teach students the skills that will transform average performances into polished, artistic ones. These skills are used by professional pianists to make their performances more expressive and dramatic. They are the "keys to artistic performance". The five "keys" for achieving performance artistry are: Color, Pedaling, Rubato, Characterization, Choreography. The authors have selected repertoire that showcases the five "keys" highlighted in this series. Several familiar favorites have been included, as well as some less-familiar pieces. Dennis Alexander has composed pieces especially for this series that feature and highlight the "keys" to artistic performance. Hear Dennis Alexander perform three pieces from this collection. Click on arrow.

Selections: A. Alexander - Rapsodia Espanola; B. Alexander - Whimsy; C. Alexander - Gallactica; D. Mendelssohn - Venetian Gondola Song; E. Table of Contents Bk. 2

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Simply Sonatinas, Bk. 2
For teachers who are searaching for new sonatinas with lively rhythmic appeal and colorful harmonies, this collection may be that welcome addition to your library of teaching materials. The rewards garnered from studying sonatinas include an appreciation of form, balance and symmetry; a greater awareness of balance between melody and accompaniment; and perhaps most importantly, a wonderful sense of accomplishment after having completed "a work in three movements!"

Selections: A. Sonatina in D Major, I. Presto; B. Sonatina in g minor, I. Allegro giocoso; C. Sonatina in F Major, I. Allegro vivo

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The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 2
Two wonderful collections of the best and most favorite piano sheet music solos by Dennis Alexander. Book 1 is for elementary to late-elementary pianists, while Book 2 contains solos at the early-intermediate to intermediate level. Titles include: • CHANSON TRISTE • CLOSE CAPER! • GLACIER MAJESTY • SCHERZO IN A MINOR • SOUVENIR • TOCCATA BRILLANTE

Selections: A. Toccata Brillante; B. Chanson Triste; C. Glacier Majesty

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Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 2
The contents of this book have been personally selected by Dennis Alexander as some of his all-time favorite sheet music solos. Many of the solos are among the most requested by piano teachers and students alike. The varied styles of each piece makes this book a valuable supplement to most piano methods. This book contains 8 early intermediate to interemediate pieces including: Dizzy Delight * El Zapateado * Mooncrossing * Newport Rock * Notturno * Screamin' Cat Boogie * Turboccata * Valse Romantique

Selections: A. El Zapateado; B. Valse Romantique; C. Turboccata

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Especially for Adults, Bk. 2
Over the years, my work with adult piano students has proven to be immensely rewarding and gratifying. Adults tend to be very self-motivated individuals who study piano because they love music and have always wanted to play piano, or in many cases, regret quitting piano lessons as a child. Their musical interests are different from those of children taking piano lessons. Adults need music that "warms the heart," provides opportunity for gradual technical growth and provides motivation for consistent practice. The music in "Especially for Adults", Bk. 1 is designed to accomplish all of the above. Adults will experience a real sense of accomplishment when they play these solos that contain beautiful, rich harmonies; numerous patterns that easily fit the hands; and lyrical melodies that speak to their emotions. The pieces sound sophisticated, and the titles themselves reflect this sophistication. In addition to the original music composed for this series, I have also arranged some favorite classical melodies that adults will know and enjoy. The "Especially for Adults" series is the perfect supplement for any adult method book and will provide motivational repertoire in a variety of appealing styles for teenagers and adults of all ages.

Hear Dennis Alexander perform 3 of his new compositions for this series:

A. Starbeams; B.Sonata Pathetique (2nd mv't.) ; C.Downtown Boogie

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Especially in Romantic Style, Bk. 2
Music written in romantic style is instantly appealing and some of the most accessible in terms of interpretation. Much of the music from the Romantic era was written especially for the piano. "Especially in Romantic Style" was written for pianist who love the expressive qualities of this instrument and the sounds of the romantic style. The warm, lyrical melodies and the rich harmonies of these pieces will appeal to pianists of any age. Through this music, students can learn to play with a beautiful tone, listen to each note, and shape musical phrases, preparing them to study the great Romantic period piano masterpieces of Chopin, Mendelssohn and Schumann. It is my hope that each of these musical vignettes will inspire students to create a beautiful sound and to play with expressiveness, musicality and finesse.

Titles Include:
  • ARIOSO IN D MAJOR
  • BOSTON BLUES
  • ENCHANTED MOMENTS
  • FOREST WHISPERS
  • IMPROMPTU IN G MINOR
  • JAZZ ROMANCE
  • TONE PAINTING NO. 1
  • WINTER DREAMS

Selections: A. Arioso in D Major; B. Jazz Romance; C. Impromptu in G minor

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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

Selections:  (A) "Cool Dude";  (B) "Summer Moon";  (C) "Ragtime Boogie Blues"

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Five-Star Solos, Bk. 5

 

 

Choosing just the right piece for each student is one of the most important attributes of a good teacher.  I love it when I hear things like, "Mr. A., can I please play the piece that Brenda played on the last recital?" or, "Mr. A., the piece that John played is one of the coolest pieces I've ever heard!  Do you think I could play it?"

The books in the Five-Star Solos series provide students and teachers with a wide variety of pieces at graded levels.  An array of styles, colors, tempos, and moods are included in each book.  Ballads, waltzes, Latin pieces, contemporary sounds, and "showstoppers" all combine to make teaching fun and exciting.  At the same time, students will be rewarded with music that sets them apart from the crowd.  Have fun exploring page after page of music that will have students smiling and parents glowing.  I hope that you find many new "favorites" in this series, and I wish you continued success and joy in your musical journey!   Dennis Alexander

 

Titles include:  Arietta in G Major -- Evening in Andalucia -- Get My Drift? -- Just a Tad Funky! -- Rhythmosity --  Shenandoah -- You Gotta Toccata!

 Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following  selections:  A.  Arietta in G Major;  B. You Gotta Toccata!;  C.  Shenandoah! (Click on the arrow)

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