Spiral Staircase

Elissa Milne

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Difficulty Level

Style

Video

Elements

Accidentals

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Intervals

Sharps, flats and naturals that do not appear in a key signature.

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Contrary Motion

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Texture

A type of texture where the contour of the notes in one hand is the exact opposite to that of the other hand as they play simultaneously.

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Crescendo and Diminuendo

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Expression

Indications instructing the player to play gradually louder (crescendo) or softer (diminuendo).

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Five Finger Scales

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Scales

Simple five-note scales whose notes fit within a comfortable hand shape; applied when more than one such scale appears in a piece.

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Details

Title

Spiral Staircase

Composer

Publisher

Year

2004

Instrumentation

Solo Piano

Key Signature

Time Signature

# of Measures

16

Student Age

Student Type

Teaching Tips

Highlight Dynamic Contrasts,

Map Out Hand Position Shifts,

Slow Practice,

Work on Bringing Out the Bouncy Character With a Light, Nimble Touch