A collection of newly-composed piano pieces for the intermediate performer, inspired by the theme of R&B in all its manifestations & curated by pianist & teacher Elena Riu. Riu is known for her imaginative approach to programming & her ability to inject new excitement into piano recitals. Includes pieces by: Sally Beamish, Harvey Brough, Peter Cowdrey, Julio d'Escrivan, Cimeon Ellerton, Douglas Finch, Rolf Hind, Elena Kats-Chernin, Ana Lara, Phillip Neil Martin, Lola Perrin, Nick Redfern, & more.
"We are all familiar with the vibrant South American pianist, Elena Riu, whose wildly original concerts and workshops are widely acclaimed. Here, she decided to ask colleagues and friends to compose works based on popular, light music of the 70s. Elena used to hear her brother's pop, rock and blues music when he was strumming his electric guitar in the next roon while she was "practising" her classical music on the piano. This constant background music made her aware thsat today's young pianists might not really appreciate Handel Gavottes or Purcell Minuets and might prefer some funky music with a contemporary slant. Elena Riu's book caters for the gap in the intermediate-level music market and should really appeal to all young pianists. The 17 pieces all cover a very broad spectrum of musical moods, genres and styles - from blues to hip-hop, Latin to Japanese, riff to robust funk, salsa to improvisation - and cannot fail to appeal to all intermediate students looking for some repertoire that is new, unusual, quirky and off-beat."
EPTA Piano Journal