Grade 6
ABRSM 2021 & 2022

 

A1

 

This Allegro is the 4th and final movement of Sonata in C, no.8 by Giovanni Battista Pescetti. He received some of his musical training and was later an organist at St Mark's Basilica in Venice.

 
 

A2

 

This Sonata is from the group of six (K.279 - K.284) written by Mozart during 1774-75, then in his late teens, which he would have performed whilst travelling between and around Salzburg and Munich.  The fortepiano was taking the place of the harpsichord as the keyboard instrument of choice and Mozart's autograph score (below) makes use of 'for:' and 'pia:' indications: Mozart was exploring the dynamic variety and expressive qualities of the new instrument.

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A4

 

B1

 

There are nearly 60 Mazurkas by Chopin, he wrote them throughout his (short) life. This particular one was written just months before he died in 1849 and was published posthumously a few years later.

I refer in the video to a recording by Joanna MacGregor of the complete Chopin Mazurkas. If you use Spotify, here it is.

B2

 

Page d'album (1915) was Debussy's contribution to 'Vêtements du blessé' an initiative to raise money for soldiers wounded during WW1.

 

B3

 

B4

 
 

B5

B6

 

C1

Opening Night Jazzbacking track
00:00 / 01:29
 

C2

 

C3

 

This still, calm contemporary piece puts accompaniment ideas in the RH, melodic ideas in the LH. The occasional bass notes need a quick-moving hand. Is that a mode of a melodic minor scale at the end?

 
 
 

C6

 

A lyrical piece published in both Cool Beans! Vol. 1. and Songs from Rainbow Hill.

C9

 

A lyrical piece published in both Cool Beans! Vol. 1. and Songs from Rainbow Hill.