Three and Two
Commissioned by the Minnesota Music Teachers Association
Every serious pianist needs to master polyrhythms involving three and two,
because these rhythms appear with increasing frequency in repertoire beyond
the intermediate level. The aim of this collection is to present the
challenges to the early intermediate student in an entertaining and
emotionally engaging way. For performance, the pieces make an attractive
suite as a whole, or individual movements may be programmed.
A Hero's Tale
2 against 3
Full of drama and excitement
The Sun Dances the Sea
Here the LH lays out the pulse of two with the three arising as melodic
accents. Poetic and sensitive.
A Love Story
3 and 2 as cross-hands accents. This is the most challenging piece in the
collection, but almost hypnotic when mastered.
Mr. Basie Gets Silly
3 against 2 Here the piano is treated as a big band, with the LH imitating a rather
obnoxious bass player, and the RH block chords the saxes and brass. Peppered
throughout are parodies of Count Basie's characteristic "licks."