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A Question & Answer Manual

By Valery Lloyd-Watts

Piano - Advanced; Early Advanced; Intermediate; Late Intermediate
A Question & Answer Manual. Composed by Valery Lloyd-Watts and Carole L. Bigler. Reference Textbooks; Textbook - Piano. Book. 64 pages. Alfred Music #00-6000. Published by Alfred Music (AP.6000).

Item Number: AP.6000

ISBN 9780882845494. English.

This guide to understanding ornamentation in each era of music includes information on how to understand and remain faithful to the composer's intention, how many and which notes to use in each ornament, how to integrate ornaments smoothly into a performance, and simple strategies and systems for realizing and practicing ornaments. A synthesis of years of scholarly research resulting in a logical, easy to follow, and accurate volume.

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  • 5

    Kevin Coan
    Vernon, CT
    Difficulty Level:
  • January 08, 2012 Every Student Should Own

    This is ond book that every piano student should have in his or her personal library. I require every student who reaches level 4 in a method to purchase this book and to bring it to their lessons. This book is one of the few ACCURATE texts on the proper...

    realization of ornaments. It explains the differences in the meanings of the various notations in the different time periods. At the same time, it helps a student to understand that rules alone are not always enough; the student has to consider each ornament in the context of the individual piece. After listening to so many students perform ornaments totally not in keeping with the principles taught in this book, I finally decided to require each of them to study this book. In every instance, the student has been glad that I have done so, even when they objected at first! At the same time, this manual is so thorough that I often refer to it myself when encountering an ornament in a new situation.

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  • 4

    F. J. Hernando
    Barcelona, Spain
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • September 05, 2011 Remarkable

    Best of the manual is its simplicity, the order in which the concepts are presented, the number of realizations of ornaments studied, the inclusion of a first chapter with basic concepts and a second chapter with interrelationships between different arts, and their pedagogical approach. I don't like the mathematical...

    approach to the fioritura, and the lack of some ornaments: is missing the "turn over the trill" sign, that means a turn starting on the main note, the "vertical turn", that means an inverse turn (starting on the lower note); but, in conclusion, it's a strongly recommended book that fills an important gap in the history of musical pedagogy.

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