American Suite in A minor
- Gateway Editions
1. March in 2/4 time and Aeolian mode. 2. Waltz in 3/4 time, of course, and melodic minor, using the ascending and descending forms. 3. Ballad in 4/4 using the natural minor scale in a tonal rather than modal way. 4. Ostinato in 5/8 time, with the harmonic minor scale. 5. Hornpipe in 6/8, naturally, using the Phrygian mode. This piece is the featured audio sample. 6. Theme in 7/8, using the Dorian mode. No wide spans or leaps, some rapid melodic movement, usually of a scalar or thematic nature. Prefect for the student who is ready for new music, but is NOT ready for Schoenberg or Bartok. Makes a fine recital piece for a senior recital. Can be played as individual pieces, and in any order, although the printed score makes the most logical musical presentation.