This Week's Feature

Hopscotch by Louis Streabbog

This early elementary level Romantic era piece, was composed by Louis Streabbog, a Belgian concert pianist, composer and teacher in the mid 19th century. Did you know his real last name is Gobbaerts? He published a large part of his work under the pseudonym "Streabbog", which is Gobbaerts spelled backwards!


Classical Era

Bourrée - Lv 1

This early elementary piece is in the key of G Major and features a steady left hand power chord with a lively dance melody in the RH. Take care to articulate the slurs and crisp staccatos in the phrasing!

Etude in C Major - Lv 1

This early elementary classical piece explores broken and blocked chord positions in C Major at a moderately fast tempo. Suitable sight reading practice for the late elementary pianist!

Das Ballet - Lv 1

This lovely Classical piece is in the key of D Major, and suitable for the beginning pianist who is ready to try reading of ledger line notes in the middle positions. Aim for a crisp touch in this classical, elegant, dance-like piece. 

View blog tutorial here.

Minuet in F - Lv 1

This Preparatory - Lv 1 piece is a great to work sight reading in triple meter and F major. Staccato markings have been included to guide in where to articulate detached notes. Ledger line notes may be omitted (low Cs) if you are not able to stretch an octave yet. 

Videos of Esther sight reading these pieces are available at her Youtube ChannelSight Reading for Piano Classical era Pieces 


Romantic Era

Friedrich Baumfelder

Melody in F - Lv 1

This little gem of a piece is set in the key of F Major. Unfortunately, many of Baumfelder's works were lost during World War II. It is a great piece for quick sight reading practice. Work on shaping the long phrases elegantly for a refined sound.

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Cornelius Gurlitt

Morning Greeting - Lv 1

An early elementary piece that works the reading of broken chords and LH melody. Aim for a clear, balanced tone when the melody shifts into the LH. 

Enrique Granados

Dedication - Lv 5

Dedicated to his son, Eduardo, this touching lyrical piece challenges the experience pianist in reading and executing balance of the melody line using the outer fingers of the right hand

Robert Schumann

Waltz - Lv 8

This is a late intermediate level piece, Op. 124 No. 4, from Schumann's Album Leaves (Albumblatter) collection. This short waltz challenges the experience pianist in reading quick left-hand leaps while balancing the melody in single notes and octaves in the soprano voice.

Hopscotch - Lv 3

Louis Streabbog

This is a mid elementary level piece, Op. 63 that challenges reading of ledger lines in the RH and big leaps in the LH. Pick a comfortable tempo to work sight reading practice of this piece, and remember to always look ahead!

Videos of Esther sight reading these pieces are available at her Youtube ChannelSight Reading for Piano Romantic era Pieces 


20th Century

The Lame Witch Lurking in the Forest - Lv 4

Vladimer Rebikov

This mysterious piece, inspired by Russian folk tales, features reading of same clefs on the grand staff in close hands together positions. The challenge here is to balance the hands well as the melody moves from RH to LH. May the dissonance sounds in this piece make you cringe!

Videos of Esther sight reading these pieces are available at her Youtube ChannelSight reading for Piano 20th Century era Pieces


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