Classical Masterpieces for Hammered Dulcimer

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Book – For Hammered Dulcimer

(Intermediate to Advanced)

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



About the Online Audio:

“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

Table of Contents

  • Index of Composers
  • Introduction
  • Notation
    • Commonly Used Symbols and Terms
    • The Two-Hammer Chording Dilemma
    • Alternative Chording Considerations
  • Interpretation
  • The Baroque Period
    • Adagio (Albioni)
    • Aria No. 20A (Bach)
    • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Sinfonia II (Handel)
    • Badinerie, From Orchestral Suite No. 2 (Bach)
    • Bourees I and II, From Cello Suite No. 3 (Bach)
    • Canarios, From Instructions De Musica, Livre 1 (Sanz)
    • Canon in D, No. 24 (Pachelbel)
    • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, From Cantata No. 147 (Bach)
    • Larghetto, “Ombra Mai Fu”, From Xerxes (Handel)
    • Largo, From Winter, The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
    • Menuet, No. 5 (Bach)
    • Menuet, No. 21 (Bohm)
    • Minuet un G Major (Petzold)
    • Prelude, From Cello Suite, No. 1 (Bach)
    • Prelude, From Partita for Violin, No. 3 (Bach)
    • Prince of Denmark’s March (Clarke)
    • Sheep May Safely Graze, From the Hunting Cantata (Bach)
    • Toccata, From Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Bach)
  • The Classical Period
    • Adagio Cantabile (Simplified), From Sonata Pathetique (Beethoven)
    • Adagio Cantabile, From Sonata Pathetique (Beethoven)
    • Allegro Con Brio, From Symphony No. 5
    • Allegro, From Symphony No. 40 (Mozart)
    • Andante (Bach)
    • Andante, From Sonatina No, 1 (Clementi)
    • Andante Grazioso (Simplified), From Sonata No. 11 (Mozart)
    • Andante Grazioso, From Sonata No. 11 (Mozart)
    • Fur Elise (Simplified), (Beethoven)
    • Fur Elise (Beethoven)
    • Little Serenade, From Twelve Minuets (Haydn)
    • Menuett No. 1 Mit Trio, From Kleinere Stuke Fur Das Pianoforte (Mozart)
    • Minuet, From String Quintet In E Major (Boccherini)
    • Romanze, From Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
  • The Romantic Period
    • Anitra’s Dance, From Peer Gynt Suite, No. 1 (Grieg)
    • Ave Maria (Schubert)
    • The Can-Can, From Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach)
    • Dance of the Hours, From La Gioconda (Ponchielli)
    • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, From the Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
    • Gran Vals (Tarrega)
    • Humoresque (Dvorak)
    • Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms)
    • Largo, From The New World Symphony (Dvorak)
    • Meditation, From Thais (Massenet)
    • Pavane (Simplified), (Faure)
    • Pavane (Faure)
    • The Swan, From The Carnival of Animals (Saint-Saens)
    • Theme and Variations on “Ode to Joy” From Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven/Wade)
    • To A Wild Rose, From Woodland Sketches (MacDowell)
    • Traumerei (Simplified), From Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (Schumann)
    • Traumerei, From Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (Schumann)
    • The Young Prince and Princess, from Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov)
    • Waltz in A Major, From Sixteen Waltzes (Brahms)
  • The Impressionist Period
    • Clair De Lune (Simplified), From Suite Bergamasque (Debussy)
    • Clair De Lune, From Suite Bergamasque (Debussy)
    • Gymnopedie, No. 1 From Three Gymnopedies, (Satie)
    • Reverie (Simplified), (Debussy)
    • Reverie (Debussy)
  • Miscellaneoud Music
    • Holy, Holy, Holy (Heber)
    • Simple Gifts, Theme From Appalachian Spring (Traditional/Copland/Wade)
  • Duets
    • Air (Mozart)
    • Allegro, From Canonic Sonata No. 1 (Telemann)
    • Allegro Assai, From Canonic Sonata No. 3 (Telemann)
    • Duo I, From Six Duets (Braun)
    • Fantasia in D Minor, From 36 Fantasies Pour Clavessin (Telemann)
    • Invention No. 8, From The Well-Tempered Clavier (Bach)
    • Minuet and Trio, No. 6 (Mozart)
    • Menuet, No. 36 (Bach)
    • Musette (Bach)
    • Polonaise No. 4 (Mozart)
    • Allegro Pretissimo, From Sonata No. 10 for Two Cellos (Barriere)
    • Tod Und Schlaf, No. 21, From 29 Kanons (Haydn)
  • Glossary of Musical Terms
  • About the Author

1 review for Classical Masterpieces for Hammered Dulcimer

  1. Catherine Kostyn

    I love this book! It has such a large variety of pieces from different time periods and for all levels. The arrangements are wonderful and the recordings are very helpful to have. Whatever your level, this isn’t a book that will be outgrown quickly and gives access to a deep range of classical music for the hammered dulcimer that really can’t be matched.

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