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Piano Music Since 1920

Competition Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Nazareth College Piano Competition will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in the Wilmot Hall of Music, Nazareth College. Any questions regarding repertoire should be directed to Dr. Beverly Smoker at 585-389-2696.

A Reference Listing for Exploring Repertoire Since 1920

Difficulty indications follow the terminology used by Maurice Hinson in his Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire: Int., M-D, D 

John Adams
China Gates, 1977, M-D to D

William Albright
The Dream Rags, 1979 D
Three Original Rags, 1985, M-D

Samuel Adler
Canto VIII , 1973  D
Thy Soul Expands My Spirit, 1983  M-D

Bela Bartok
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20,1920, M-D
Dance Suite, 1923, M-D to D
Sonata, 1926, D
Out of Doors, 1926, D
Mikrokosmos, 1926-37 all difficulty levels

Milton Babbit
Playing for Time, M-D

Grayzna Bacewicz
Suite Enfantine, 1934, Level 10 
Rondino, 1953, M-D

Samuel Barber
Excursions, 1944, M-D
Nocturne, Op. 33, 1959  Level 10, M-D

Luciano Berio
Bryn (from Six Encores), 1960, M-D 
Erdenklavier, 1969, M-D

Leonard Bernstein
Seven Anniversaries, 1943, M-D
Four Anniversaries, 1948, M-D
Five anniversaries, 1949-51, M-D
Thirteen Anniversaries, 1990, M-D

Seymour Bernstein
Birds Set I, Int.
Birds Set 2 Int. to M-D
Insects Book 1, Int. to M-D
Insects Book 2, Int. to M-D

Ernest Bloch
Enfantines, 1923, Int.

William Bolcom
The Garden of Eden, 1968, M-D to D
Three Ghost Rags, 1970, M-D
13 New Etudes, 1977-1986, D
Nine Bagatelles, 1997, M-D to D
Three Dance Portraits, 1986, M-D

Benjamin Britten
Night Piece, 1963, D

John Cage 
Two Pieces for Piano, 1946, M-D

Carlos Chávez
Ten Preludes, 1937, Int. to M-D

Chen Yi
Ba Ban (Carnegie Hall Millenium Book), 1999, D
Ji-Dong-Nuo, 2005, D
Guessing, 1989, M-D
Duo Ye, 1984, D

John Corigliano
Etude Fantasy, 1976, D

Robert Cornejo
Dance, 1992, M-D

Aaron Copland
The Cat and the Mouse, 1920, M-D
Three Moods, 1920-21 Int.-MD
Four Piano Blues, 1948, M-D 
Passacaglia, 1922, M-D 
Sentimental Melody, M-D 
Variations, 1930, D

Henry Cowell
The Aeolian Harp, 1923, Int.
The Banshee, 1925, M-D

Paul Creston
Five Little Dances Op. 1, 1932, Int.-M-D
Prelude and Dance Op. 29 No. 1, 1942, M-D
Prelude and Dance Op. 29 No. 2, 1942, M-D

George Crumb
A Little Suite for Christmas, 1979, M-D

Vicenso Davico
Tre Pastorali d'Autunno I (in Twentieth Century Italian Composers, Ricordi), 1942, M-D

Richard Danielpour
Preludes Bk. I, The Enchanted Garden, 1992, M-D

Norman Dello Joio
Suite, 1940, M-D
Diversions, 1975, Int.
Lyric Pieces for the Young, 1971, Int.

Emma Lou Diemer
Sound Pictures, 1971, Int.
Toccata, 1979, M-D
Space Suite, 1989, Int.

Henri Dutilleux

Aux Gré des Ondes, 1946, Int
Sonata, 1949, D
Three Preludes, 1974, M-D to D

Lee Evans
Three 12-Tone Waltzes, 2006, Int
Richard Felciano
Five Short Piano Pieces, 1986, M-D

Ross Lee Finney
32 Piano Games, 1969, Int
Youth's Companion, 1981, Int.

George Gershwin
Preludes, 1934, M-D

Alberto Ginastera
Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2, 1937, M-D
Twelve American Preludes, Op. 12, 1944, Int. to M-D
Suite de danzas criolles, Op. 15, 1946 M-D
Rondo on Argentine Children’s Folk Songs, 1947, Int.
Sonata No. 1, 1950, D

Dianne Goolkasian-Rahbee
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 31, 1988, M-D
Nocturne, Op. 32, No. 1, 1989, M-D

Morton Gould
Boogie the Woogie, 1941, M-D
Boogie-Woogie Etude, 1943, D

Roy Harris 
American Ballads, 1946, Int. to M-D
Toccata, 1949, M-D

Stephen Hartke
The Piano Dreams of Empire, 1994, M-D

Paul Hindemith
Kleine Klavier Music, 1929 Levels 4-8 
Sonata No. 2, 1936, M-D
Ludus Tonalis, 1942, Int. to D

Alan Hovhanness
Visonary Landscapes, Op. 214, Int. 
Macedonian Mountain Dance, 1937, M-D

Jacque Ibert
Histoires, 1922, Int., Includes Le petit âne blanc (The Little White Donkey)

Dmitry Kabalevsky
Rondo in A Minor, Op. 59,  M-D

Nikolai Kapustin

Concert Etudes Op. 40, D

Kent Kennan
Three Preludes, 1938, M-D

Aram Khachaturian
Toccata, 1939, M-D

Leon Kirchner
Little Suite, 1950, M-D

Ernst Krenek
12 Short Pieces Written in the Twelve-Tone Technique, Op. 83, 1938, M-D

John La Montaine
Toccata, Op. 1, 1957, M-D

Ernesto Lecuna
Suite Andalucia, 1928, M-D
Danzas Afro-Cubanas,  early 1930’s Int. to M-D

Lowell Liebermann
Sonata I, 1977, D
Four Apparitions, Op. 17, 1987, M-D
11 Nocturnes
Nocturne No. 2, Op. 31 1990, M-D
Nocturne No. 5, Op. 55, 1996, M-D
Gargoyles, Op. 29, 1989, D

György Ligeti
Musica Ricercata, 1951-53, M-D
Selected Etudes:
Die Zauberlehrling, 1994

Witold Lutoslawski
Bucolics, 1952, levels 7-8
Two Studies, 1940-41 D

Frank Martin
Eight Preludes, 1948, D

Olivier Messiaen
8 Preludes, 1928-29, MD-D
No. 1, La Columbe  MD
No. 7, Plainte calme MD
Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus, 1944
II. Regard de l’etolie, MD
VII. Regard de la Croix, MD
IX. Regard du Temp, MD

Frederico Mompou 
Canciones y Danzas, 1921 – 1971, Int.

Robert Muczynski
Preludes, Op. 6, 1961, M-D
Diversions, Op. 23, 1967, Int.

George Perle
Sonatina, 1986, M-D 

Vincent Persichetti
Little Piano Book, Op. 6, 1953, Easy to Int.
Poems for Piano Op. 4, 5, 1939 Op. 14, 1981

Stephen Paulus 
Dance (in Changing Faces), 1986, M-D

Francis Poulenc
Three Novelettes, 1927-1959, M-D
Eight Nocturnes, 1929-38, M-D
Improvisations, 1932-59, M-D
Promenade, 1921, M-D

Sergei Prokofiev
Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75, 1937, Int. to MD
Things in Themselves, Op. 45, 1928, M-D
Sonatas No. 5, 1925, D
Sonatas No. 6-8, 1939-1944, D
Sonata No. 9. 1947, D

Wallingford Reiegger
New and Old, Op. 38, 1944, Int. to M-D

Ned Rorem
Toccata, 1948, D
Three Barcarolles, 1949, M-D
Recalling, 2003, D
Soundpoints, 204, M-D

Carl Ruggles
Four Evocations, 1937-43,  M-D to D

Fred Rzewki
The Days Fly By (The Carnegie Hall Millenium Book), 1999, M-D

Arnold Schoenberg
Piano Pieces Op. 33 a, and Op. 33 b, 1932, D

Dimitri Shostakovich
Three Fantastic Dances, Op. 5, 1922,  levels 7-8
24 Preludes, Op. 34, 1932-33, Levels 9-10

Joseph Schwantner

Veiled Autumn from Kindertodeslied, 1987 (in The Century of Invention and Changing Faces) M-D

Ruth Crawford Seeger
Etude in Mixed Accents, 1930, M-D
Preludes 1-5, 1924-25, M-D
Preludes 6-9, 1927-28, M-D

Igor Stravinsky
Serenade in la, 1925, D
Tango, 1940, Int.
Circus Polka for a Young Elephant, 1942, M-D 

Jenö Takács
Toccata Op. 54, 1946, M-D
Twilight Music, Op. 92, 1973, M-D
Sounds and Colours, Op. 95, 1977, Int.

Toru Takemitsu
Rain Tree Sketch,  1982. D
Littany, 1989, M-D
Rain Tree Sketch II, 1992, D

Louise Talma
Bagatelles, 1955, M-D
Soundshots,  Int.

Augusta Read Thomas
Six Piano Etudes, 1996-2005 M-D to D
No. III. Cathedral Waterfall, Hommage to Olvier Messiaen

Tan Dun
Eight Memories in Watercolor, 1978, Int. to M
Dew-Fall-Drops (Carnegie Hall Millennium Piano Book), 1999, Int.

Hillary Tann
Doppelgänger, 1984, M-D

Alexander Tcherpnin
Anything after Op. 9.

Joaquin Turina
Danses Gitanes, Set I, Op. 55, M-D
Danses Gitanes, Set II, Op. 84, M-D
Postcards, 1931, Int.

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Bachianas Brasilieras No. 4, 1930-36, M-D
Impressoes Seresteiras from Ciclo Brasiliero, 1936, M-D

George Walker
Sonata No. 2, 1957, D

Judith Lang Zaimont
Calendar Collection, 1976, M-D
Zhou Long
Wu Kui, 2002, M-D

Ellen Taffe Zwilich
Lament (in The Carnegie HallMillennium book), 1999, M-D

For further information see:

Maurice Hinson, Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire, 3rd ed. Indiana University Press, 2000.

Jane McGrath, The Pianists Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature. Alfred Music Publishing, 1995.

Kathy Albergo, 20th Century Intermediate Repertoire

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