Barbara Heller (*1936) Playing with Fifths for Piano
with Notes for Teaching by Monika Thiery [pno]
Barbara Heller's piano pieces should not just be played; as the composer writes in her preface, the student should learn while playing "to approach the music creatively and experimentally.
44 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 181 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-18157-7 | Softcover
You can change the pieces at will and even shape your own personal pieces from the material. We hope that these pieces will help you to discover your own musical world within yourselves, and to let yourselves and others hear its sound."
The composer offers a wealth of stimuli and suggestions to help the learner achieve this. Monika Thiery's supplementary comments facilitate the use of the 18 pieces in teaching.
In her Intervallbuch Heller applies this successful concept to the other intervals.
|1. Singing Fifths|
|2. Oscillating Fifths|
|3. Musical Clock in Fifths|
|4. Waltz in Fifths|
|5. Melancholy Fifths|
|6. Poetic Fifths|
|7. Loop of Fifths|
|8. Garlands of Fifths|
|9. Seesaw Fifths|
|10. Rhyming Fifths|
|11. Dreamy Fifths|
|12. Stories of Fifths|
|13. Merry Fifths|
|14. Ascending Fifths|
|16. Machine of Fifths|
|17. Song of Fifths|
|18. Etude in Fifths|
When playing music, we usually play exactly the notes we have in front of us. What we are doing is interpreting music that has already been completely composed. In past centuries, however, "making music" meant not only playing an instrument, but also improvising and composing.
"Playing with Fifths" comprises both of these aspects. As the title suggests, "playing" here also means that you should approach the music creatively and experimentally. You can change the pieces at will and even shape your own personal pieces from the material. We hope that these pieces will help you discover your own unique musical world within yourselves, and stimulate you to develop it, to express it openly, to let yourselves and others hear its sound. l would like you to find the freedom to treat the music a little differently every time you play it - after all, we don't always feel the same every day either! I wish to thank my many pupils, students, fellow teachers and colleagues for their help and valuable advice on this project.
I am particularly grateful to Magdalena Schatzmann and Monika Thiery, who encouraged me to publish "Playing with Fifths."