Grade 5
ABRSM 2021 & 2022




La chevaleresque (Knight Errant), from 25 Progressive Studies, op.100.




This Presto is the second movement of Sonata no.6 in F major.




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Arctic Night is no.1 from Eskimos, a collection of 4 'Characteristic pieces'.



Starry Dome is from 'Piano Meditation'.

George Nevada is a pseudonym of Manfred Schmitz.




A lyrical piece from Tchaikovsky's collection 'Album for the Young' op.39.

The sheet music for op.39 is here.

It may be helpful to think of the opening section being in three parts. A principal RH melody, a secondary melody in the bass that often moves in contrary-motion with the upper melody and a chordal accompaniment in the centre-ground.

As the title suggests it needs to evoke the atmosphere of a relaxing snooze. Soft dynamics and smooth legato lines. 





La huérfana is from Cuentos de la juventud, op.1

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Popular amongst Stephen Heller's piano music are his collections of studies op.45, op. 46 & op.47, each group intended to as a precursor to the one before; so op.47 being the easiest.

For videos of other Studies in the op.47 collection, click here.

To listen to op.47 no.15 on Spotify, click here.




Do take a few minutes to listen to Art Tatum's take on this piece - here it is on YT.


This video is for Hélène.




The 9 pieces that make up Impresiones intimas date from Mompou's time in Paris where he was a student at the Conservatoire - he was in his late teens.






Von fremden ... (From Foreign Lands and People) is from Kinderscenen, op.15.

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Mister Trumpet Man is from New Orleans Jazz Styles.




Changing Times is from 'Cool Piano 5'.

The Changing Times refers to the changing time-signatures (2/4, 3/4 and 4/4) and tempos.




This Tarantella is no.4 from Musique d'enfants, op.65.


C4 from The Joy of Boogie and Blues



'Elergy for the Arctic' is from 'Ludovico Einaudi: Extra Elements' (Chester).


I'm grateful to Weijia for introducing me to this wonderful piece that, as the title suggests, makes us stop and think. I wholeheartedly recommend this short video produced by Greenpeace of Einaudi's own performance ...whilst floating on a raft in the arctic, complete with cracking, tumbling ice.  I have a hunch it may have been improvised, or certainly created in situ, what do you think?



Octávio Pinto (1890 - 1950) was a Brazilian architect as well as musician. He was married to pianist Guiomar Novaes and a friend of Heitor Villa-Lobos.

March little soldier! is no.3 from Scenas infantis (1932)