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In this volume are many small but pleasing piano pieces by the 19th-century composer Stephen Heller. The majority are of only medium difficulty; but their sound always has a particular charm. In 1853; Heller wrote to his publisher that he had not sought to “write many words” here; but wanted to suggest something “substantial and meaningful in just a few strokes.” Our volume provides valuable insights into Heller's artistic development and its entirety devoted to the “character piece”; a form that comprises the major part of his compositional output. Examples include “Die kleine Bettlerin” [the little beggar girl]; “Nach erquickender Rast” [after a refreshing rest] and “Weinendes Kind” [crying child] – scenes that conjure up and express a particular mood. As Ursula Kersten writes in her preface; Heller's music already makes one think of impressionism; and repays the effort involved in getting to know the composer of this volume more closely.