Poemetti: 12 Pieces for Children - Piano

Catalog: 44327

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Gian Carlo Menotti (1911--2007) is best remembered as an opera composer and founder of three international performing arts festivals. Menotti has left behind a lasting legacy of lyrical and accessible music. Poemetti: 12 Pieces for Children was first published in 1937. These descriptive pieces demonstrate Menotti's celebrated lyric gift as well as the careful craft that characterizes his work.

Taken as a whole, the set can be seen as Menotti's version of an "Album for the Young," recalling images of his colorful childhood in Italy. These brief compositions are varied in meter, tempo, character, texture, and technical demands and are suitable for developing the musical imagination and keyboard facility of pianists at the intermediate level. The collection is pianistic in style, with each piece serving as a miniature technical etude. The titles are evocative and aid the performer in conceptualizing a convincing interpretation.

Table of Contents:
  • 1. Giga
  • 2. Lullaby (Ninna-Nanna)
  • 3. Bells at Dawn (Alba Festivo)
  • 4. The Spinner (La Filatrice)
  • 5. The Bagpipers (I Zampognari)
  • 6. The Brook (Il Ruscello)
  • 7. The Shepherd (Il Pastore)
  • 8. Nocturne (Notturno)
  • 9. The Stranger's Dance (Danza dello Straniero)
  • 10. Winter Wind (Vento Invernale)
  • 11. The Manger (Il Presepio
  • 12. War Song (Canzone Guerresca)
Sample Pages
Publisher: Alfred
Composer/Author: Menotti, Gian Carlo
Arranger/Editor: Ryan, Sylvia Watkins
Catalog Number: 44327
Pages: 28