ABRSM 2021 & 2022 - Grade 5

A1

 

La chevaleresque (Knight Errant) is from 25 Etudes, op.100.

The sheet music is here.

 

A2

 

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

 

A3

 

Listen on Spotify here.

 

B1

 

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

 

The sheet music for op.64 is here.

 

B2

Starry Dome is from 'Piano Meditation'.

George Nevada is a pseudonym of Manfred Schmitz.

For the tutorial on this piece, available to $5/month patrons, click here.

 
 

B3

 

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. 

B5

 

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

The sheet music for op.1 is here.

To listen on Spotify, click here.

 

B6

 

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.

 

B10

 

Von fremden ... is from Kinderscenen, op.15.

Listen on Spotify here.

 

C1

 

Mister Trunpet Man is from New Orleans Jazz Styles.

For the backing tracks, click here.

 

C2

 

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.

For the tutorial video on this piece, available to $5/month patrons, click here.

 

C3

 

This Tarantella is from Musique d'enfants, op.65.

 

C3

'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?