Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hooked on Classics

Something for everyone!  A medley of the world's favorite classics.  In the version he taught me years ago, Dave Clark altered the Beethoven 5th and added in the Rhapsody in Blue theme.  We did it as an adaptation, using what was written note wise, and the chord symbols given.  Always fun!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Piano Classics Volumes I and II - Intermediate pieces reference

I went through the two volumes of this wonderful and affordable Piano Classics collection, searching for intermediate and advanced pieces to teach.

Volume 1                   

Albeniz Malaguena
Four Pieces for The Little Notebook
Prelude No. 1 from the The Well-Tempered Clavier
Air from the Suite in D Major

Beethoven: Fur Elise
Moonlight Sonata mvt. 1
Rondo A Capriccio  - Rage over  op. 129
6 Variations from the opera La Molinara

Hungarian Dance No. 5  -  Brahms

Valse Op 64 No. 2
Nocturne Op. 72 no. 1
Nocturne in E Flat Op 9 No. 2
Prelude OP. 28  No. 6
Valse Op. 64 No. 1

Le Coucou  Daquin 
Nocturne Field  in Bb
Rondino in C Diabelli

Poem in Bb Fibich  d. 1900

Anitra’s Dance pg 1  Grieg
Gavotte in D  F.  Gossec Classical Era
A` Alfredo G. Faria Playera  Granados
Air And Variations Handel in E 
The Harmonious Black smith from Suite No. 5
Haydn Sonata in D Major
Joplin The Cascades
The Music Box O. 32  liadov
To a Wild Rose MacDowell
Alla Turca?
Sonata K 545  Mozart in C
Fantasy in D minor k 397
Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffman  J. Offenbach
Peter and The wolf   Prokofieff
La Tambourin  Rameau
Song of India  Korsakov
Italian Song  Op 39 No. 15  Tchaikovsky
Serenade   DUET    Schubert
Moment Musical  op 94  No 3  Schubert
Soldier’s March Schumann  & :
Marche Militiare
The Happy Farmer from Album of the Young
The Beautiful Blue Danube

Vol 2
Prelude No. 2 from 12 Little Preludes
2 pt Invention No. 8
2 pt Invention No. 4
Sonatina No. 1 in G Major
Sonatina No. 2 in  F Major
Sonata Pathetique  2nd Mvt. Adagio
Prelude in E m  Chopin  op 28  No. 4
Raindrop Prelude
Prelude in C minor
Polonaise Militaire Op.40 No.1
Largo New World Symphony Dvorak
The Dying Poet Gottschalk Meditation
Passacaille  Handel in Gm
Sarabande  Handel
Surprise Symphony Andante Haydn.
An Alexis Hummel
Flower Song   (pre-Lieb) Op. 39 Lange
Merry Widow waltz Lehar
Op 19 no. 4  Consolation Mendelssohn
 Venetian Boat Song  No. 2  Op 30, No. 6
12 Variations  265k  Ah! Vous dirai-je , maman
 Minuet from Don Juan  Mozart
Sonata in A k. 331  Mozart
Dance of the Hours from La Giaconda  Amilcare Ponchielli
Minuet in A Minor  Purcell
The Young Prince and Young Princess  Korsakov
Melody in F  Op. 3, No. 1  Anton 
Romance  OP. 44, No. 1   Rubinstein
Trois Gymnope’dies  erik Satie
Pastoral Scarlatti in G
Knight Rupert  Album for the Young Schuman


Advanced (Level 5- 8 )
Clair de LuneFinlandia Sibelius
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, 
Waltz of the Flowers & 
“June”  Barcarolle -  Tchaikovsky
The Skater’s Waltz  - Waldteufel

And many more which I haven't listed.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Favorite Virtuosic Piano Literature

My top favorite virtuosic pieces that I have learned or want to learn:
Bach 's Gigue in G major (French Suite No 5)
Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
John Novacek's Full Stride Ahead 
Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag
Transcription of Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Chopin's 'Minute' Waltz in Db
Lecuona's Malaguena
Khorsakav's Flight of the Bumblebee
Whitewater Chopsticks, by Calvin Jones
 Aquarium from The Carnival of the Animals - Camille Saint-Saëns

(others I am forgetting, of course)

and this :

Beethoven "Moonlight" Sonata op 27 # 2 Mov 3