Grade 7
ABRSM 2021 & 2022

 

A2

 

Large scale solo piano pieces, Sonatas and sets of Variations, were considered a high-point for a late 18-th century composer. But there was demand for smaller-scale pieces too and Beethoven, and others, might use the title Bagatelle for these. Opus 33, published in 1802 is a set of 7.

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B1

 

This Pièce brève was originally written as a sight-reading test. As such it's got plenty to keep us on our toes! Fauré uses all four of those pesky sharps (E♯, B♯, F♭ and C♭) and at one point we find ourselves in G♯ major: it's tricky to read. The 8 short pieces were grouped together and published as a set in 1903 as op.84. They were given titles by the publisher against Fauré's wishes: no.5 is 'Improvisation'.

B7 - Mazurka by Anatoly Lyadov
no.3 from Trois Morceaux, op.57

 

🎼 pdf - you'll find it on IMSLP

 

B10 - Child Falling Asleep by Robert Schumann
no.12 from Kinderscenen, op.15

 

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