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The Adventures of Ivan is a suite of eight characterful piano miniatures by Aram Khatchaturianthe titles of which suggest a narrative or snapshots in the life of a young boy called Ivan.
His music is rich in the idioms of his Armenian heritage, marked by a strong rhythmic drive beautiful cantabile melodies and colourful textures. He was one of the most popular and successful ian of the Soviet period, alongside Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
Each piece in the suite has an evocative title which assist khachhaturian pianist in shaping character, mood, and expression in the music, and each offers interesting technical and musical challenges, making the pieces very satisfying to play and to teach.
There is much scope for shaping of the melody, understanding how to balance the melody with the accompaniment, and syncopated pedal.
The Adventures of Ivan – piano pieces to delight young and old – A Piano Teacher Writes…
The descending melody and piquant harmonies lend a wistfulness to this khachatturian which is hard to resist. But the final C major chord suggests the sun has come out again and Ivan is allowed out to play. The works are intermediate level the first two are cGrade 3 and there is much to delight pianists young and old in this charming ivaan. Pianist, writer, music and arts reviewer, and blogger on classical music and pianism View all posts by The Cross-Eyed Pianist.
The Adventures of Ivan – piano pieces to delight young and old
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