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Ripples in a Pond

by Carla K. Bartlett

Level:Intermediate to Advanced
Instrument:Solo Piano
Format:Softcover book with CD
Price:$15.95

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Ripples in a Pond

Introduction

A collection of fourteen original piano pieces inspired by the composer's travels in China. With a blend of pentatonic and diatonic elements, enchanting melodies, and modern harmonies, these colorful soundscapes evoke sites from Beijing to Hong Kong. Introduced by descriptions and photographs of locations in China, the book includes a CD by the composer.


Temple of Heaven Level: Late Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical character piece

Delicate, Eb Major pentatonic melody evokes grandeur and elegance

Technical highlights:
  • Light imitation in the left hand
  • "B" section in relative minor, return to "A" modulates to F Major pentatonic
Hutong Level: Late Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical character piece

A bright G Major pentatonic melody represents the bustle of life in the old neighborhood of Beijing

Technical highlights:
  • Melody trades hands throughout
  • Challenging articulation
  • Shifting time signatures
Overnight Train Level: Advanced
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

An energetic pentatonic melody shifts through several key centers, accompanied by an open fifths figure in the left hand reminiscent of the gentle rocking of a train in motion.

Technical highlights:
  • Alberti style bass in open fifths
  • Cluster chords and scalar passages for both hands
Village Ladies Fan Dance Level: Early Advanced
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

A gentle dance, blending pentatonic, diatonic, and mixolydian elements.

Technical highlights:
  • Intermittent two-voice counterpoint & pedal point in both hands
Bike Vendor at the River Level: Advanced
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

A melody mimics a vendor's sing-song call to his customers.

Technical highlights:
  • Repetitive finger passages
  • Imitative counterpoint between hands
  • Key centers beginning in A minor pentatonic and modulating through C Major, F# natural minor, & F Major pentatonic
Chengdu Spirit Level: Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

Waltz-like rhythmic motifs in C Major & A minor pentatonic

Technical highlights:
  • Melodic shifts between hands
  • Use of una corda pedal
Morning Song Level: Late Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

A chant-like melody floats over bell tones and moving lines in the left hand.

Technical highlights:
  • Ambiguous tonality
  • Ornaments
Workers in the Potola Palace Level: Early Advanced
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

Angular melodic motives, quartal harmonies, bell-like tones, and insistent rhythms portray repetitive but cheerful work.

Technical highlights:
  • Shifting time signatures
  • Varying articulation: marcato legato, accents, staccato, slurs
  • Wide dynamic range
  • D natural minor & pentatonic, C Major & A minor pentatonic key centers
Song of the Washer Woman Level: Late Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

Intentional parallel fifths and a repetitive haunting melody lend an austere elegance.

Technical highlights:
  • Ambiguous tonality
  • Shifting time signatures
  • Grace notes
River Driver Level: Early Advanced
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

Repetitive melodic motif builds through rhythmic shifts to an exciting climax

Technical highlights:
  • D Mixolydian and C Major/A minor key centers
  • Shifting time signatures and rhythmic elements
  • Challenging variety of articulation
  • Rubato and heavily rhythmic sections
Chang Jiang Level: Early Advanced
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

Flowing melody accentuated by tenuto/staccato notes in the left hand creates a river effect.

Technical highlights:
  • F Major pentatonic modulating to Db Major pentatonic
  • Una corda pedal
Night Life Level: Advanced
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

A melody in C natural minor begins as a comment on the jaunty young people of Wuhan out for a night on the town, then changes to a flowing, serene character in an Eb Major section, portraying the elders sitting out on their front steps watching the life of the town. Moving through C Major pentatonic, the melody returns in the final section of C minor to represent the coexistence of the energy of the young and the wisdom of the old.

Technical highlights:
  • contrasting styles of articulation and dynamics
  • Sostenuto pedal
Hong Kong Benjamin Franklin Level: Late Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Popular Character Piece

G Major pentatonic melody juxtaposed against a jazz/pop harmonic progression.

Technical highlights:
  • Lively articulation patterns
  • Return of "A" section modulates to A Major Pentatonic and slows to a bluesy finish
Morning Tea in Hollywood Road Level: Early Advanced
Instrument: Solo Piano
Genre: Classical Character Piece

A gentle, repeated note melody recalls a memorable tea ritual.

Technical highlights:
  • Syncopated rhythmic pattern in the left hand creates a pedal point
  • Grace notes and parallel thirds, fifths, and sixths in the right hand melody
  • "B" section modulates through various key centers to return to Bb Major pentatonic
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