A First Book of Wagner
A First Book of Wagner  -     By: David Dutkanicz
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When you're starting to learn piano, thinking about playing the music of the "great composers" can be quite daunting!

This collection offers beginner-level pianists an accessible approach to Richard Wagner's works. The arrangements focus on his melodies and style, presenting manageable excerpts in simplified keys and with suggested fingerings.

The thirty-one selections in this book consist chiefly of selections from Wagner's operas. Highlights include the "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Valk|re, "Siegfried the Hero" from Siegfried and "Song of the Rhine Daughters" from Gvtterddmmerung. The collection also features pieces from Parsifal, Tannhduser, The Flying Dutchman, Rienzi, Lohengrin, and Tristan und Isolde, as well as other works. Each selection features a brief Introduction that provides historical context and, in some cases, suggestions for performance. Music available as downloadable MP3s via a link or QR code at the beginning of the book.

48 pages, paperback.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Dover Publications
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0486828867
ISBN-13: 9780486828862

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Publisher's Description

The music of Richard Wagner can be daunting to beginning pianists, but this collection offers an accessible approach to the famous nineteenth-century composer's works. The arrangements focus on Wagner's melodies and style, presenting manageable excerpts from the more abstract works in simplified keys and with suggested fingerings.
More than 30 pieces consist chiefly of selections from Wagner's operas. Highlights include the thrilling "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Valküre, the second of the four Ring Cycle operas. Other pieces from the epic musical series include "Siegfried the Hero" from Siegfried and "Song of the Rhine Daughters" from Götterdämmerung. The collection also features pieces from Parsifal,Tannhäuser, The Flying Dutchman,Rienzi, Lohengrin, and Tristan und Isolde, as well as other works. Each selection features a brief Introduction that provides historical context and, in some cases, suggestions for performance.

Author Bio

Former Dover editor David Dutkanicz holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and Columbia University. He is the editor of several books in this series.
Composer and conductor Richard Wagner (1813–83) is best known for his four-opera classic, The Ring. Unlike most other composers, Wagner wrote both the scenario and libretto for his operas.

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