Twelve Studies Stephen Heller

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The Heller Studies combine technical considerations with inspired musical content, and are the best introduction to the music of the Romantic Era. They will stimulate and motivate students to learn the pianistic technique, harmony, rhythm, and expressive character of Romantic piano music. These pieces should be thought of as preparation for learning  the great works of Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. Heller himself thought of his etudes as preparation for the Chopin etudes, and we know that Chopin taught the works of Heller to his students.

The etudes in this book have been taken from the Heller's Studies, Opp. 45, 46, and 47 and are among the most important works that Heller composed. In these appealing pieces the composer was not interested in writing mere mechanical finger exercises, but rather he wanted to bring together in his etudes both pedagogical value and highly expressive musical content.

These etudes are monothematic, with a simple and intimate character, which makes them relatively easy to read and memorize. They should be learned at the same time as the Intermediate Level Finger Exercises, Volumes I and II. Students will have a strong sense of accomplishment as they develop their technique and musical expressiveness at the same time.