The Mandarin Dance is either a Chinese mandarin dancing in the square, or a James Bond type of car chase, or even music to a Keystone Cops type of silent film. Novelty Night represents an end of season musicians party with everyone doing a little sketch. Dance of a Clown is a circus clown showing off various dances, and Tyrolienne Capers reflects a group of Austrian country folks dancing.
Review: "A welcome addition to the piccolo repertoire, this book contains four short pieces for piccolo and piano of varying styles and tempos: Mandarin Dance, Novelty Night, Dance of a Clown and Tyrolienne Capers. Fun titles and the writing is very well suited to the piccolo, all with a lively feel and using mostly the middle and top octaves of the instrument. Nice use of grace notes and scalic passages to make them sound virtuosic. Piano accompaniments are straight forward and shouldn't pose problems for the average accompanist. Accessible and enjoyable tunes to make a good contrast in a recital programme or for the advanced student looking for some piccolo repertoire to develop their playing." - Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL - July 2014
Review: "There are four short items included in Joseph Gethings Pieces for Piccolo.Mandarin Dance, at first glance looks easy but the metronome speed for the opening is crochet = 200! However it is mostly in quaver arpeggios and there are no fingering problems, though you do have to be able to play a secure top A. A Novelty Night is a good piece for teaching accuracy of rhythm, Dance of a Clownuses simple rhythmic phrases. Tyrolienne Capers is not only fast, it has running passages in groups of five followed by fours and it calls for flutter-tonguing and glissandi. In all four works the role of the piano is supportive only." - Ann Cherry in Music Teacher, September 2006
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
- The Mandarin Dance
- Novelty Night
- Dance of a Clown
- Tyrolienne Capers