The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Catalog
The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions is a series that focuses on the best contemporary music for keyboard of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. These collected works by some of today’s leading art-music composers will expand a student’s concept of rhythm, harmony, sound, and texture. While the composers for this series use a colorful palette of contemporary techniques and textures, they were selected for their strong musical voices, ensuring that the ultimate goal of musical communication is never lost.
Too often, both students and teachers get discouraged with contemporary compositions because of their avant-garde sound. This series addresses that concern by providing excellent music which is both contemporary and intuitively musical. Contemporary performance practices such as depressing keys silently, cluster chords, pedal effects, knocking on the keyboard, contemporary harmonies, jazz idioms, bitonality, modes, mixed and changing meters, and 12-tone techniques, challenge the student to listen for new rhythmic gestures and tonal colors, and expand their interpretive capacity.
While expanding students’ horizons, this series helps to confirm and reinforce the musical and technical concepts they are learning in their other repertoire. The natural musicality present in each of these pieces demands the same kind of careful attention that we expect from the standard canon of repertoire.
This series is carefully leveled into the following categories: elementary, late elementary, early intermediate, intermediate, late intermediate, early advanced, and advanced. Each of the works has been selected for its artistic as well as its pedagogical merit.