One Handed: A Guide to Piano Music for One Hand

One Handed: A Guide to Piano Music for One Hand

One Handed: A Guide to Piano Music for One Hand

One Handed: A Guide to Piano Music for One Hand

Synopsis

This guide to the piano literature for the one-handed pianist surveys over 2,100 individual piano pieces which include not only concert literature but pedagogical pieces as well. Following the introduction are four chapters cataloguing original works for the right hand alone, original works for the left hand alone, music arranged or transcribed for one hand alone, and concerted works for one hand in concert with other pianists, instruments, or voices. Each entry assesses the individual composition, its quality, its difficulty, its particular appeal, and its uses with the composer's name, dates, and nationality, where possible. Also included is a selected discography of commercially produced phonodiscs, compact discs, and cassettes.

Excerpt

I started looking for piano music for the right hand alone because of an injury to my left shoulder. I searched through my personal (rather substantial) library of piano music and found a few pieces. I also have access to a reference and music collection at the university where I teach piano. There I found a few more pieces; citations for others; and citations for works which turned out to be, contrary to the listing and title, not for one hand alone. It wasn't long before my search for right handed piano music was expanded to include music which I could also teach and it no longer mattered if it were for the right or left hand. I sensed that there must be more one-handed music than what had immediately turned up. The search was fun and it became, if not an addiction, an intense pursuit. This volume is the result of my research conducted over the last seven years.

This work is a reference tool comprised of six main sections. First is an Introduction with my story, an overview of piano music composed for one hand, a few points on the difficulties and challenges of performing one-handed music, and some ideas for creating arrangements of standard literature for the one- handed pianist.

Following the Introduction are four longer chapters. Each is an individual catalogue: one of original works for the right hand alone, followed by one of original works for the left hand alone, then music arranged or transcribed for one hand alone, and finally, concerted works for one hand in concert with other pianists, instruments, or voice. In each entry in these chapters I give an over- view of the individual composition, its quality, its difficulty, its particular appeal, and its uses. I have tried to provide the composer's full name, dates, and nationality. Unfortunately, this was not possible for all the composers. Some composers are obscured by national origin, the passing of time, or simply because they were never well known enough to appear in histories, lists, or biographical reference sources. Also, there is often little composer information available for composers of "pedagogy" pieces. Many of these works are available only in manuscript and, if published, enjoyed a single printing. Even determined contacts with publishers netted only occasional biographical information.

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