Trinity Grade 5

 

All is Calm by Dennis Alexander

 

 

All is Calm is from Signature Solos, Book 5, published by Alfred.

There Sleeps Titania by W. Alwyn

 

 

There Sleeps Titania is from Midsummer Suite, published by Forsyth (1936).

 

A Walk at Strumble Head by Gareth Balch

 

Strumble Head is on the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales ...which we visited in December 2019!

 

Scherzando by M. Camidge

 

Blues for Beth by M. Cornick

 

 

Blues for Beth is from Style Collection - Jazz: For Piano, published by Universal Edition.

 

Andante in A by F. J. Haydn

 

Andantino by P. Járdányi

 

 

This Andantino is the first movement of Sonatina no. 2, published by Editio Musica Budapest (1959).

 

And Now Let's Handel by M. Proksch

 

 

And Now Let's Handel is from Piano Poetry: 34 piano pieces for all sides of life, published by Breitkopf & Härtel, (2013).

I used the pedal here, primarily once per bar, though more frequent changes where the quaver movement is in the LH (bars 9-16 & 25b to the end). I also held the pedal back in bar 24a to avoid smudging the bass walk up.  Teachers may like to give precise instructions to their pupils, though in reality, we adapt our use of the pedal to the acoustics of the room: a resonant room will need less pedal. This is illustrated, quite unintentionally, at the start of the Tutorial video.  At the start, I  play the piece through with no pedal at any point, but rather I added an acoustic effect at the computer. The effect is as if I were pedalling throughout - the notes ring out.

The Trinity teaching notes (thank you Kollabathula!) draw attention to the fact that there are several possibilities with regard to pedalling.  The whereabouts of the quaver movement on the piano should inform our decision making. (Low notes will, by their nature resonate for longer than high ones, indeed at the very top end of the piano there are no dampers). The suggestion is every crotchet in the passage from bar 9 ...or no pedal at all. Every minim (or crotchet) for the opening section; once per bar from 25a to make it "more misty".

Here is a video of Paul Barton and his very young daughter Emilie playing a Handel-inspired Passacaglia, very much like our ‘And Now Let’s Handel’.

 

 

Perhaps the Passacaglia final movement of Handel’s Suite in G minor HWV 432 inspired these pieces? Here it is played by Lucca Raggi on a magnificent two-manual harpsichord. The variation at 3m40sec sounds very familiar!

 

 

A synthesia display of our piece.

 

Circus Theme by F. Pustilnik

 

 

This short, lively piece uses swing quavers and a LH stride piano technique. This style of piano playing originated in the USA during the first half of the 20th century. In stride piano we hear a bass note on the strong beats 1 & 3, and a chord on the weak beats 2 & 4 (aka the backbeat). This can be tricky, especially when playing at a fast tempo!

Here are some examples of fantastic stride piano playing by two of the great early players of this style.

 

James P. Johnson, Jingles (1935)

Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Ain't Misbehavin'

 

Gavotte en Rondeau by J. S. Bach

 

Moderato cantabile

 
 

Pop Looks Bach

 

 

This will be familiar to many as the theme tune to the BBC's long running programme 'Ski Sunday'.

 

Cavalryman

Cavalryman is no. 29 from Kabalevsky's group of Children's Pieces, op.27.

There are two performances here, the first slow.

I misread the quavers in the top line of bar 37, they ought to have been staccato and there are alternative ways of fingering this section. As the score suggests, it may be best to divide the notes between the hands slightly differently here.

 

The Newtonville Bounce by R. Petot

Gavotte by D. Shostakovitch

 

All 6 Exercises

 

 

1a. In the chapel

1b. Ornamental Garden

2a. Penny Farthing

2b. Gentle Arabesque

3a. Jumping Beans

3b. By the Brook

 

Scales & Arpeggios

 

 

Scales

♩= 110, f or p, legato or staccato, two octaves, hands together 

  • D♭ major & B♭ minor (harmonic or melodic)

  • B major & G♯ minor (harmonic or melodic)

  • Chromatic scale in similar motion starting on D♭

  • G harmonic minor contrary motion

  • Chromatic scale in contrary motion; LH on C, RH on E (legato)

Arpeggios

♩= 90, f or p, legato or staccato, two octaves, hands together

  • D♭ major & B♭ minor

  • B major & G♯ minor

  • Diminished 7th starting on B

 

All 9 Pieces

 

 

ALEXANDER, D. - All is Calm

ALWYN, W. - There Sleeps Titania

BALCH, G. - A Walk at Strumble Head

CAMIDGE, M. - Scherzando

CORNICK, M. - Blues for Beth

HAYDN, F. J. - Andante in A

JÁRDÁNYI, P. - Andantino

PROKSCH, M. - And Now Let's Handel

PUSTILNIK, F. - Circus Theme