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Catalogue No: 9781860963766
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ISBN: 9781860963766
Spectrum 4 (Piano)

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Subtitle: an international collection of 66 miniatures for solo piano

Series: ABRSM Spectrum

Publisher: ABRSM

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  • a collection of 66 specially commissioned miniatures by international composers

  • an essential introduction to contemporary music

  • suitable for pianists of all ages and abilities

  • pieces ranging in difficulty from Grade 1 to Grade 4

  • includes 5 pieces with accompanying soundtracks, provided on CD with this book

  • compiled by Thalia Myers, pianist and teacher

Hear an extract from John White - Sonata 140

Hear an extract from Victoria Borisova-Ollas - A Midnight Bell


Contents and Reviews



  • Bells [Simon Bainbridge]
  • Agnes von Hohenstaufen [Gerald Barry]
  • ikos’tina [Michael Blake]
  • Libra (Constellation No 4) [Diana Burrell]
  • Evening Bells [Martin Butler]
  • Singing in the Mountain [Chen Yi]
  • Edward [Michael Finnissy]
  • Lied im Meer [Detlev Glanert]
  • Cascade [Colin Matthews]
  • Snow Cloud, over Lochan [Peter Maxwell Davies]
  • Quiet Walk in the Forest [Peteris Plakidis]
  • ecart [Roger Redgate]
  • Swinging Bells [Poul Ruders]
  • The Sigh of Barabbas [Aulis Sallinen]
  • Lull [Howard Skempton]
  • Northern Lights [Karen Tanaka]
  • Short Meeting of Dark and Light [Erkki-Sven Tüür]
  • Ratri [Param Vir]
  • Midnight Moon [Stephen Montague]


"As always, the quality is high and the range as diverse as the compositional talents involved. ... Its a constantly engaging and enjoyable musical journey and testament to the strength of Thalia Myers original idea."

Link, Winter 05/06

"...invaluable ABRSM series. Thalia Myers is to be congratulated. ... Recommended without reservation. "

Music Teacher, February 2006

"A great many gems to be enjoyed equally by beginners and experienced players. Strongly recommended for everyone. "

International Piano, Jan/Feb 06

"A must-have. The Spectrum series is invaluable. Brava Thalia for this fabulous concept - and to the ABRSM! "

EPTA Piano Professional, April 2006

"an array of stunning pieces, miniatures that will satisfy the needs of teachers and students for contemporary piano music suitable for the early grades [1 to 4] or for those who simply want to tackle repertoire that is original, tuneful, different and most importantly, speaks to todays performers.... ...Ms Myers is to be congratulated for her tenacity and foresight as the motivating force behind this insightful project. Whilst they might be miniatures, this inspired and highly recommended collection contains mature works that students of all ages and levels will enjoy playing. A well-presented and easy to read publication."

Music in Action, Summer 06

"It is impossible to over-praise this edition: this is a wonderful (one might almost say essential) collection."

Sheet Music Review Sept/Oct 06

"Winner - Best sheet music - New work - International Piano Our judges were unanimous in declaring Spectrum 4 as the winner - the only category in the Awards to acheive such accord. ... a monumental selection of new and accessible music that can be tackled with joy by beginners, concert pianists and everyone in between. The collection is beautifully presented, with excellent notes on performance and at a very cheap rice. What more could you ask for?"

International Piano, Nov/Dec 06

"66 wonderfully intriguing pieces. Contemporary repertoire of real integrity and character."

Piano, Nov/Dec 2006


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