Manfred Schmitz (1939–2014) Jazz Parnassus Six-Hands
16 Piano Pieces [pno 6hd]
Whoever wants to learn how to “jazz things up” at the piano has been buying the “Jazz Parnassus” for ages now, Manfred Schmitz's standard work in several sections. But never a dull moment with six hands!
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46 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 201 g | ISMN: 979-0-2004-1580-3 | Softcover
After bringing out the supplementary book for four hands, we are now releasing the last "Parnassus" collection, with 16 pieces for six hands. New arrangements of familiar pieces join forces with never-before-heard works from the pen of jazz instructor Schmitz, who died in 2014. The brief performance duration of these instrumental and audition pieces of medium difficulty, whose styles range from waltz to Gospel to swing, are wonderfully suited for group training. Thanks to the user-friendly design of the book with fold-out pages for the third part, the students always know exactly where they are.
“I am really impressed with the attention given to ensuring all the parts are worthwhile and enjoyable to play. The book is organized so that alternate pages fold out, allowing all three parts to be printed effectively alongside each other.”
(Andrew Eales, www.pianodao.com)
|02.||Triad Caprioles II|
|03.||A Little Night Song|
|08.||Drive Time I|
|09.||Freestyle Boogie Woogie|
|11.||Boogie for Dancing|
|12.||Homage to Paul|
|15.||Romance for Three|
|16.||Swinging and Jaunty|
The present edition for piano six hands completes and rounds off the Jazz Parnass series of the longtime DVfM author Manfred Schmitz. The preface which was included in the manuscript was written by the composer himself before he passed away in 2014; it is printed here in an unaltered form:
Playing six hand piano opens up great opportunities, both tonal and in terms of playing technique. Interacting with each other, these aspects allow a high level of expressiveness. The pianistic sound spectrum with its variety of expressions and tonal nuances can now be explored with six hands in a most interesting way. Nearly orchestral and also sophisticated playing variants take you on a fascinating journey of discovery.
With the adaption for six hands, now the sound of even the very first little piano pieces like Mini Waltz, Triade Caprioles II or Drive Time I (taken from Der Neue Jazz Parnass) holds that special “feeling” that actually had been in there all along. – Well, playing with six hands makes it possible!
Thus, the Jazz Parnass six-hands is a colorful collection of arrangements and new compositions for all those who, in a threesome, would like to effectively create and perform piano pieces rich in stylistic diversity – it is a true treasure chest!
Enjoy playing the piano in a threesome! Yours truly