Here is the complete set of five etudes I've been working on, a couple of which have been posted under different titles on these forms. The mp3 is the complete set as one file (7 minutes), and the pdf file is included for your printout for performance or study if desired.
Firefly Etudes (Five Etudes For Piano)
Audio - mp3
Performance Score - pdf
Each of these tiny works has its own little set of performance problems to resolve, as well as a few tests for any sample library where the Garritan Steinway really shined.
Etude #1 puts sustain and sympathetic resonance to the test, since much of it is performed with full sustain pedal, and there are points where the pedal is lifted to expose a held chord. It is also quite a finger- and brain-twister to play up to tempo.
Etude #2 calls for good balance between the extremes of the registers, and especially crisp delicate higher notes.
Etude #3 is all about simple legato lines, concentrating mostly in the middle register. There is a lot of cross-hand technique as well as passing a melody back and forth between hands.
Etude #4 is extremely delicate and chorale-like, and again concentrates on extremes of register, especially paying attention to keeping the left hand from overpowering the right.
Etude #5 is about dexterity, and has more cross-hand demands. For the Garritan Steinway, I think this shows off the sound of short staccato notes very well.
Along with compositional and mastering points, I'd be very interested in hearing feedback on the notation on this set, as there were some very difficult decisions to make in that regard, and I've tried as much as possible to make everything as clear to the performer as I can.
Thank you in advance for your feedback.