Trinity Grade 5 (2021 - 2023)



We ought not to confuse the Czech composer and keyboard virtuoso F. X. Dušek (1731 - 1799) with the Czech composer and keyboard virtuoso J. L Dussek (1760 - 1812) I did!


Valse sentimentale


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.

For the sheet music for op.50, click here.




The tricky thing with this Lullaby (op.109, no.7) 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.

Douce réverie


A lyrical piece from Tchaikovsky's collection op.39.
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. 


Settle Down


Two performances of this jazz-inspired piano piece. A study in 'classic' jazz vocabulary and voicings. To help the swing along, I've added backing tracks and Patrons can access these here. Have fun!




A real whirl-wind of a piece this! Great fun.


Walk in the Park


Backing tracks, both at an exam-ready and a practice tempo can really enhance the learning ....and fun of this piece. Patrons can access these here.