Trinity Grade 5 (2021 - 2023)
Trinity charge £250 +VAT to record this piece.
Though written 400 years ago, it has been edited for the exam.
Schubert wrote many dances: waltzes, ländler and écossaise in particular. This valse sentimentale is from op.50 (D.779), a collection of 34, all of similar length.
The sheet music for op.50 is here.
The tricky thing with this Lullaby (no.7 from Burgmüller's collection of 18 Characteristic Studies op.109) is to play the legato melody in the upper fingers of the RH whilst the arpeggio accompaniment is divided between the other fingers of the RH and the LH ...then there is the bass part too! And we've somehow to make sure it's all balanced correctly.
The sheet music for op.109 is here.
A lyrical piece from Tchaikovsky's collection op.39.
Sheet music for op.39 is here.
It may be helpful to think of this piece being made up of three parts. A principal upper melody in the RH, a secondary melody in the bass and chordal accompaniment in the centre ground: and this shared between two hands.
As the title suggests it needs to evoke the atmosphere of a relaxed snooze. Soft dynamics and smooth legato lines.
Large Wave is from 'Piano Gallery' (Faber).
The piece is inspired by the woodblock print 'The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa' by Katsushika Hokusai (1831) which can be viewed here.
7 Feb: I have written to Faber, fingers crossed.
March of the Roman Legionaries
Alfred charge $50 to record this piece.
A real whirl-wind of a piece this! Great fun.
7 Feb: a new recording of this one coming very soon.