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Twelve American Preludes for Piano, Op12
Includes Online Audio

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From the Publisher

The celebrated Argentinian composer Albert Ginastera (1916-1983) composed this popular series of piano preludes in 1944, which was published by Carl Fischer in two volumes (O3431, O3432) in 1946 and quickly became established as basic repertoire for pianists at the upper-intermediate to advanced level. Now for the first time they are exclusively available in one volume. Each short piece in the collection deals with a particular musical or technical challenge (in the manner of an etude) and several of the pieces are tributes to distinguished fellow composers such as Aaron Copland, Juan José Castro and Hector Villa Lobos. The pieces in this collection are a cornerstone of the modern repertoire.


  1. Triste
  2. Para los acentos (Accents)
  3. Danza criolla (Creole Dance)
  4. Vidala
  5. En el 1er modo pentafono menor (In the First Pentatonic Minor Mode)
  6. Honenaje a Roberto Garcia Morillo (Tribute to Roberto Garcia Morillo)
  7. Para las octavas (Octaves)
  8. Honenaje a Juan Jose Castro (Tribute to Juan Jose Castro)
  9. Honenaje a Aaron Copland (Tribute to Aaron Copland)
  10.  Pastoral (Pastorale)
  11.  Homenaje a Heitor Villa-Lobos (Tribute to Heitor Villa-Lobos)
  12. En el 1er modo pentafono mayor (In the First Pentatonic Major Mode)

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piano
Category: Piano Repertoire
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Publisher's reference: O5471
Our Stock Code: 1464214
Media Type: Paperback (33 pages [score]); includes accompaniment Online Audio