Pedagogical and performance guide of Lera Auerbach’s Images from childhood, op. 52

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Akiko Yamazaki (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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John Salmon

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to provide a pedagogical and performance guide for Lera Auerbach’s Images from Childhood, Op. 52, a collection of twelve intermediate character pieces for the piano. This work, Auerbach’s homage to Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Op. 15, is her only intermediate-level work written for piano. The collection presents a valuable opportunity for the intermediate student to explore contemporary music, build pianistic skills applicable to a wide of range of styles, and develop artistry to play with expression. Lera Auerbach (b. 1973) is a Russian-American composer and pianist whose international career is multifaceted in music, literature and visual arts. The cosmopolitan artist was born in the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia and immigrated to the U.S. in 1991. The young composer has already published over one hundred compositions, including thirty-six chamber music works. Her output in other genres includes two operas, ten ballets, twelve symphonic works, over a dozen concerti, solos for various instruments, choral and vocal music, and transcriptions. Auerbach has received widespread positive reception. Her works have been championed by leading performers, conductors, and choreographers including Hilary Hahn, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the Tokyo String Quartet, and Charles Dutoit. Auerbach has written thirteen solo works for piano from 1986 to the present. The first chapter consists of an introduction to Lera Auerbach and Images from Childhood. The second chapter includes Auerbach’s biography and an overview of her solo piano works. The third chapter contains a pedagogical and performance guide for all twelve pieces in the collection. The last chapter concludes with a summary and recommendations.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Images from Childhood, Lera Auerbach, Piano pedagogy, Piano performance
Auerbach, Lera. $t Images from childhood
Piano music $x Analysis, appreciation

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