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Toccata Brillante by Dennis Alexander

January 23, 2018

 

This Dennis Alexander classic is a favorite in my piano studio. Commissioned in 1990, this showstopper still continues to entertain students, audiences, and festival judges! Alfred's product description has this to say about Toccata Brillante:

 

"A toccata is a "touch" piece, and this intermediate level solo offers good contrasts in touch, shifting rhythms, and dynamics. The meter changes from 2/2 to 1/2 (!) to 5/4 time, and the tempo is marked as "Presto." The left hand does quite a bit of ostinato broken octave work and the right hand will have broken chord and scale work."

 

"Toccata Brillante" at a Glance

 

Level: Intermediate

 

Key: C Major

 

Tempo: Half note = 100-112

 

Hand-size limitations: Students must be able to comfortably manage ostinato broken octaves throughout the piece.

 

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