Ferdinand Beyer (1803-1863) was a German pianist, piano teacher, and composer. He wrote one of the first comprehensive piano methods, Vorschule im Klavierspiel (Preparatory Method for Piano), Op. 101. Published first in 1860, Beyer’s method is still in use in many parts of the world today, and it significantly influenced methods which came after it. Although its didactic style seems pedantic when compared to the many attractive features of modern methods, the Op. 101 contains a wealth of excellent pieces for late elementary and early intermediate piano students of any age. The editor has selected 24 pieces for this collection, which may be used in conjunction with any course of study, and are suitable for recitals, auditions, and festivals.
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