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Pupil Saver: Unique; reflective music

Finding interesting late-intermediate literature can be a challenge. In addition to teaching the repertoire standards, I always look for something a bit more out-of- the box, quite often a contemporary composition. I find that the contemporary music of Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee fits my needs perfectly, and her two sets of preludes provide a wealth of music to study.

In particular, the late-interme- diate "Meditation" from Rah- bee's Preludes, Volume 2 (FJH) is a good introduction to Rahbee's style and sound. It has been great for students who have lim- ited technical facility, but need

something to sound good in a short period of time. "Meditation" offers the primary challenge of balancing chords in the left hand with a single line melody in the right. Rahbee further challenges the students with subtle left-hand chord changes in almost every measure. The changes are similar to those in Chopin's E-minor prelude, as seen in measures 7-10. 

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