Arrangements of Popular Titles for Easy Piano
THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
In May by Franz Behr
This elementary level classical style piece, was composed by Franz Behr in the 19th century, who was a lesser-known German composer. Behr wrote songs and salon pieces for piano in the late 19th century. It's simple AABA structure and repeating melodic phrases. It is a great piece to practice sight reading accurately at a faster tempo. Watch the clefs!
DAS BALLET - LV 1
Daniel Gottlub Turk
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.
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Videos of Esther sight reading these pieces are available at her Youtube Channel: Sight Reading for Piano Classical era Pieces
CRADLE SONG - LV 2
Carl Maria von Weber
Weber was considered one of the first significant composers in the Romantic era, and is most famously known for his operatic works even though he was a virtuosic pianist himself. This is a short piece featuring a more complicated LH broken pattern against a RH melody. Try your best to play with the slur articulations as well as the dynamic markings.
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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Videos of Esther sight reading these pieces are available at her Youtube Channel: Sight Reading for Piano Romantic era Pieces
THE LAME WITCH LURKING IN THE FOREST - LV 4
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 Channel: Sight reading for Piano 20th Century era Pieces
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