Beginner to Intermediate Introduction to Piano Timbre: Navigating the Keys

Ünal Akbulut E. C., Küpana M. N.

Akademisyen Yayınevi, Ankara, 2023

  • Publication Type: Book / Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Publisher: Akademisyen Yayınevi
  • City: Ankara
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In 2021, we decided to write our book, Beginner to Intermediate Level, Introduction to Piano
Timbre: Navigating the Keys. However, we wanted the book not only to be an album but also to contain instructional information. Thus, an original book containing piano scores has reached you. We
hope you enjoy it too.
The book’s originality started by including composers other than those in the Album published
in Turkey. Therefore, this book does not include baroque works, etudes and compositions in Sonata
form. The first reason for this was to introduce students to alternative pieces by Romantic and Modern
period composers called “Albums for Children /Youth”. In conservatories, Music Faculties, Fine Arts
High Schools and private institutions, they are generally included in the Children’s and Youth Albums
of composers such as R. Schumann, P. I. Tchaikovsky, B. Bartok, D. Kabalevsky, A. Gretchaninov, E.
Grieg, A. Khachaturian, S. Prokofiev. These albums are extremely helpful. However, there are also
works written by composers who lived in other geographies for children and young people. In this
sense, composers write works for beginner and intermediate students learning piano, especially
“Turkish Fives” in Turkey.
Albums are in the category that prepares students to be technically and musically proficient.
Generally, each piece has a title. By writing that title, the composer determines the story he wants to
tell in the score. A good piano performer must faithfully interpret the story the composer intends to
convey. It is important to know the period styles of the composers in this sense. The musical terms,
dynamics, accents, suspensions, legato and staccato techniques, tempo, modulation, cadence, ornaments, pedal, altered sounds, pitch, intervals, chords, accompaniment passages, arpeggios, counter
themes and, of course, rhythms in the piece are the parameters to play the scores correctly. The
correct understanding of the musical sentence and expression that the composer wants to convey,
first by the player and then by the audience, is related to sight-reading the scores correctly and internalizing them.
To ensure this internalization, we have prepared a guide that can be applied in every part of the
book. Forty-one pieces, 41 manuals. However, these forty-one options can be used for each piece,
even if you only apply some occasionally. The mp3 format of each piece written with the Musescore
4 music writing program is given in the book via QR codes. Thus, you can listen to the works in the
book by scanning the QR codes. Due to the possibilities of the program, the timbres of the pieces as
nuances and interpretations are presented to you to give you a general idea, even if they are not only
partially suitable for pianistic practice. We wanted to add some fun while working on the book. So
get your crayons ready.
In this book, we have included pieces that we have chosen for pedagogical purposes from the children’s and youth albums composed for solo piano by 28 composers who lived in the 19th and 20th
centuries. These composers are rarely performed in piano education. While transferring these pieces
to the book, we made arrangements in the fingering for more comfortable playing.
There are 22 pieces on the first level and 19 on the second level in the book, which we have collected at beginner and intermediate levels. We are sure most pieces will be learned for the first time
in Turkey. The fact that we also include the scores of women composers makes our book meaningful
for us. In this century, it is our desire for our fellows to compose piano albums at beginner and intermediate levels.
In the book, we also included photos and general information about composer, album title of the
works and the names of other compositions in the Album. We wrote the definitions of the terms used
in each work. And also we explained acquisitions in the piano education and practise suggestions 
each piece that will help you reach your goal with firm steps. In the beginning part, the names of the

sample pieces are shared, which are from commonly used Albums. Even if you have played mostly
studied pieces, you can find familiar passages while playing one in this book. Of course, there will not
be one-to-one timbres or rhythms. However, it is possible to encounter motifs with similar textures.
The book has one page of staff and one page of blank paper. We wanted to avoid putting you in
trouble to be able to do the instructions or practices written in the guide. For this reason, page additions were made. Another goal of ours is to use and disseminate the book all over the world.
Finally, we hope the book will be useful for learning, playing and teaching for all students and educators. Also, we hope that you will have the same pleasure as we were writing the book.