In Recital – Throughout The Year is a series that focuses on fabulous repertoire, with musically engaging pieces by leading FJH composers and arrangers. This series of books is carefully levelled to ensure that goals are attainable, which is essential in motivating students. Providing excellent teaching material, these books address the strengths and weaknesses of students, with progressive discussions by Dr. Helen Marlais on the art of performance and an analysis of performance strategies.Dotted rhythmic patterns as well as sixteenth-note patternsPlaying pieces with common time signatures, as well as introducing compound meters - 5/4 is also introducedPlaying with more intricate finger crossovers,Playing pieces with numerous changes of tempo, articulation, and moodMajor, Minor and diminished root position chords and their inversions are reinforced, as well as subdominant and dominant chordsPlaying hand-over-hand arpeggiosPlaying pieces in which one hand holds down notes while simultaneously playing moving notesOctave scale passages and blocked octavesLeft-hand parts increase in intricacy with more involved accompaniment figures, or in some cases the left hand plays the melody while the right hand accompaniesPlaying pieces which include modulations from one key to anotherHand positions expand to larger than a fifthReinforcing basic musical terminology and symbols, such as ritardando, diminuendo, subito piano, subito forte, fortissimo, pianissimo, poco più mosso, allargando and D.C. al fineKeys – G, D, D minor, E minor, G minor, and C minor.
The pieces presented in these books provide repertoire for the entire year, including pieces for Halloween and Christmas, as well as arrangements of famous classical themes, with original solos and duets.
The accompanying CD includes demonstrations of the pieces presented in this book, allowing the student to develop their interpretive skills.
Volume One – Book 4 is suitable for Early Intermediate pianists and covers many basic principles, including: