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English Suite

composer: Fitzgerald, Bernard (editor)
title: English Suite
publisher: Presser
level: Junior High
range: f’’
description: This suite is comprised of five short pieces:

Prelude (British Grenadiers and Rule Britannia)
Aria (My Lovely Cecilia)
Pastorale (Greensleeves)
Andante (Polly Oliver)
Finale (The Jolly Miller and Begone Dull Care).

Most lists require the student to play two contrasting movements instead of all five. The range and technical levels are very much appropriate for the 2nd and 3rd year student, plus the traditional melodies are easily made musical by the young player. The Prelude (British Grenadiers and Rule Britannia) offers the biggest challenge to finger and articulation technique, but it is a favorite amongst students because it is simply fun.

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