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Yet another Sonatina by one of the world’s most prolific composers of classical music, Nikki Ty-Tomkins, living in Hawaii. A light classic filled with great delicacy and fingerings offered for free as all her other works are, to encourage students and knowledgeable listeners as well.
This is a lovely melodic set of variations based on a deceptively simple theme. If played with repeats for each variation, as is often done when performing music from the baroque and classical eras, it is an excellent recital piece. The first simple variations gradually segue into increasingly difficult ones, with the last one requiring some dexterity. But students of every level can enjoy this piece by simply choosing which variations they can play comfortably and remembering to finish off with a repeat of the theme. That’s fair.
This set of variations is an excellent “companion” to Variations on a Simple Theme, also posted here on this site. For teacher with two “rival” students of approximately the same level, each can be assigned one of these pieces and the competition will be under way.
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