Grade 4

Chaminade - Idylle (No. 1 from Album des enfants, deuxième série, Op. 126)

Cecile Chaminade composed around 200 piano works that have become popular because they are manageable by intermediate-level pianists. This picturesque, contented piece paints a pastoral scene in which the melodic line is exclusively in the right hand, the left hand accompanying with broken chord patterns. We achieve the singing style not only by projecting the melody over the accompaniment, but also by shaping the line by phrasing, breathing, and intonation (taking a tiny bit of time over larger intervals).

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Resources & links

  • This piece is available in print as part of the Piano Exam Pieces 2023 & 2024 Grade 4 publication here.
  • Click here to view open domain editions for this work.

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