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Three Pieces for Children
for Piano

  1. Traffic *
  2. Night Music *
  3. Main Street Boogie (1988)
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Ann Arbor, Michigan - 2002)
* Commissioned by and dedicated to Alan Huckleberry, piano

Program Notes:

Three Piano Pieces for Children (2002). Pianist Alan Huckleberry commissioned these works to be included in his dissertation project: The Importance of Contemporary Music in Today's Piano Pedagogy. He asked for short works that focused on one or more techniques used in contemporary music. Traffic: Blaring horns, swerving cars utilizes syncopation, centric passages, and precise articulations. Night Music: Trees dance in the wind on a cool autumn evening focuses on lyrical lines in compound meter. Main Street Boogie: Strutting through town uses melodic cells.

Performances:

II. Night Music

Sunday, April 28, 2002 - 1:00 p.m.
Spring Celebration Recital
Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program Recital
Britton Recital Hall, School of Music
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Henry Im, piano

II. Night Music

Wednesday, November 20, 2002 - 5:30 p.m.
A lecture/workshop for the DMA Candidate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Room 361, School of Music
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Alan Huckleberry, piano

Writing:

Dr. Alan Huckleberry, The Importance of Contemporary Music in Today's Piano Pedagogy: Including the presentation of new music for children by University of Michigan composers Andrea Reinkemeyer, Armando Bayolo, Andre Myers, Jonathan Pieslak, and Tom Schnauber

Essay by Henry Im (12):
"Although I have been playing piano for only three years, I have had some experience with contemporary music by Andrea Reinkemeyer. When Alan first assigned this to me, I kind of started to wonder what this could teach me. It taught me a lot about contemporary music and its artistic flows. The way it gives out some uneasy feelings, yet to know it's still music.

I had a lesson with the composer herself, which I found interesting, for I learned a lot in what a composer thinks or expects of their own music.

I played a special role in a recital, where I introduced the composer. She said a few things about her piece, and I played it to show the audience what she was talking about. It was a very fun experience playing "Traffic" because of its quick and uneasy tempo, and "Night Music," which also had an interesting tempo, but it was very soothing. My experience with contemporary music was fun and very educational."