These piano miniatures are a distinctive and unusual addition to the teaching literature – genre paintings in contrasting styles with musical wit and inventive sounds and rhythms. They offer glimpses into the musical cultures of different countries (Hunting in Hungary, Gamelan, Balkan Dance, African Games) and music history (Medieval Feast for the Left-Handers).
Besides training finger technique, the pieces help students to think in terms of counterpoint and to develop an expressive delivery.
Peter Graham (actually Jaroslav Štastný, b. 1952) teaches composition at the Janácek Academy of Arts in Brno.
- Miniature recital pieces for piano with amusing illustrations by Andrea Tachezy.
- A welcome addition to the piano teaching literature.
- Simple and entertaining genre paintings.
- Easy to moderate level of difficulty