The Easy Etudes (Selected from Etude Books I - X) for Solo Piano
I'm not a pianist, and the vast majority of the piano études I've written are beyond my abilities. I have, however, made a point of writing one étude in each of the ten published books that is simple enough and easy enough that I can play it. This is a collection of those ten 'easy' études." (David Rakowski) 1. Les Arbres Embués - Étude on melody and thick chords for Martin Butler (Étude #7, Book i - 1995), The Third, Man - Étude on thirds (Étude #15, Book II - 1997), Roll Your Own - Étude on rolled chords for Jason Eckhardt (Étude #29, Book III - 2000), Chorale Fantasy or, Hide and Seek - Étude on an embedded melody (Étude #34, Book IV - 2001), What Half-Diminishes One (Half-Diminishes All) - Choralle-étude on half-diminished seventh chords after "Der Dichter Spricht" to Eric Chafe (Étude #48, Book V - 2002), Eight Misbehavin' - Slow octave étude after Brahms Opus 120 No.1 for Amy Osborn (Étude #55, Book VI - 2003), Rick's Mood - Chorale-étude on major triads for Rick Moody (Étude #65, Book VII - 2002/4/5), Upon Reflection - Slow mirror étude to Michael Kirkendoll (Étude #78, Book VIII - 2007), Berceuse - five-finger étude (may be played on piano, on toy piano, or on both) to Rich Moody, Amy Osborn, and Hazel Jane, Quietude - Étude on dominant seventh chords to Augusta Read Thomas (Étude #97, Book X - 2010).