Real Repertoire Studies Grades 6-8 is a fantastic introduction to the wealth of original works by the great study writers, from Clementi to Bartók, for intermediate-advanced pianists. These studies have been selected by the late, renowned teacher and pedagogue Christine Brown to provide technical training and plenty of musical interest and they will be ideal performance pieces for concerts or festivals.
Each study has been scrupulously edited and includes additional fingers, phrasing, pedalling and metronome marks for added clarity and consistency. Helpful background notes on the composers are also included.
Published by Faber Music.
'These books cherry-pick from the wide and illustrious bank of revered studies known to all piano teachers and (sometimes) loved by the students who have had them prescribed. What makes these books invaluable is the fact that all the laborious spade-work of sorting the wheat from the chaff has been done by someone else (that someone being Christine Brown). The goal, as Ms Brown makes plain in her foreword, is to ally the technical and musical, not merely to sift the grittier specimens from the likes for Czerny, Heller, Burgmuller, Bartok, Dunhill, Cramer, Clementi and others. Thus the intermediate student gets to experience the best of the pedagogical material to hand, and yet I'd wager that if the title Studies were to be traded for something like 'Classic Melodies' not many youngsters would balk (or notice, frankly) because the music is so, well, musical. An imaginative, inexpensive ... album encouraging an exploration of ever-relevant teaching and learning material.'
~ Piano Professional, Spring 2009