This treasury of beloved classical music favorites is specially arranged for hammered dulcimers by master dulcimer performer and teacher, Dr. Mark Alan Wade. A splendid compilation of familiar pieces, each one is painstakingly edited to preserve the composer's imagination and spirit while distilled into dulcimer reductions playable with only two hammers. Enjoy playing favorites like "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," "Für Elise," "Clair de lune," and many more cherished titles by celebrated composers including Vivaldi, Telemann, Schubert, Mozart, Boccherini, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Schumann, Brahms, Satie, Haydn and more! Each gem is set in dulcimer-friendly keys fitting within a chromatic 16/15 range with the melody clearly displayed in the upper voice for intermediate players, and with the supportive chords and countermelodies in the lower voice for more advanced players. Guitar chords are added above the melodies whenever appropriate to allow you to embellish with your own chord patterns, if preferred. With 51 pieces, 12 duets, 36 composers, and a range of musical eras spanning 285 years, this book is a compendium to enjoy for a lifetime!
Reference recordings of each piece are available online, created electronically with life-like Steinway grand piano samples. This digital audio is rhythmically perfect and expressively performed with authentic interpretations that are appropriate for each era.
"I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I do. Several of these pieces are also found on my classical CD, "Serenade," if you would like to enjoy hearing them performed on hammered dulcimer." - Mark Alan Wade
"This book comes with downloadable online audio files of each piece. Even the best music readers benefit from hearing what they are reading. Although some of these selections are found on my classical CD, Serenade, most are not. In an effort to keep the cost of this book to minimum for the consumer, the audio provided is a digital rendering from the music notation software voiced using samples of a Steinway grand piano. These work great for reference recordings as they, by their computerized nature, are rhythmically perfect. They are even expressive and played with humanlike playback styles appropriate for each time period. That means even little details like trills, and the pacing of tempo alterations are programmed into the playback in a manner that is stylistically the norm for the musical eras. Listening to these recordings will give you greater understanding of each piece, its tempos, and its style. Even better though, check out my recording, Serenade, for the real thing!" - Mark Alan Wade