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Publisher: Chester Music

The Complete Piano Etudes (2012)
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
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Philip Glass The Complete Piano Etudes (2012)
Philip Glass discusses the Etudes, part I

part II
The Complete Piano Etudes is the first ever publication of all 20 of renowned composer Philip Glass's beautifully simple pieces for solo Piano.

With their deft rhythmic and dynamic changes, exciting harmonies and moving melodies, the Etudes are a joy to hear and play. Glass has composed 20 pieces that are at once relaxing and musically captivating, making this collection ideal for a committed fan as well as a casual pianist.

Glass states, "The Etudes are meant to be appreciated not only by the general listener, but especially by those who have the ability and patience to learn, play and perform the music themselves."

The Etudes explore a diverse range of textures, techniques and harmony, making this sheet music perfect for a pianist looking to immerse themselves in more lyrical ways of playing, or simply to enjoy the subtle beauty of the pieces.

Composed over two decades between 1991 to 2012, the Etudes were originally released as two books along with a recording of the first ten by Glass himself in 2003. Now, this collection exclusively contains all of these fantastic piano pieces, first conceived as a self-teaching tool to enhance and aid Glass's own understanding of the instrument.

As one of the most prolific and influential composers of the 20th century, Philip Glass's works have been enjoyed for almost half a century throughout the world. With this book you can learn all 20 of his interesting and arresting Etudes for solo Piano, published together in a single volume for the first time.

The final Etude, distinctly Schubertian in flavour, touched on genuine enchantment.
Guy Dammann, The Guardian,13/05/2013
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