Something like Glass
Sheet Music composed by Joanne Griffiths
Something like Glass, written by British composer, Joanne Griffiths is a study in consistent and even playing of triplets in the right hand, with changing clefs in the left hand that explore the outer areas of the keyboard. Intermediates will enjoy the essence of Philip Glass that flows through this evocative solo.
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About the composer
Joanne Griffiths lives and works in the High Peak, U.K. with her husband and their two children. She earned a Master’s degree in composition from Salford University in 2012 and enjoys dividing her time between teaching, composing, and both singing in and directing choirs. In her spare time, she is passionate about making hats, and listening to live music.
This product is part of a collection
Ebb & Flow
Ebb & Flow is a collection of eleven contemporary solos by British composer, Joanne Griffiths. Intermediates of all ages will enjoy exploring the various genres encapsulated in this collection of ambient solos.
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