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Mazurkas

This section contains walk-throughs and lessons on Chopin's Mazurkas, starting with the Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4. Read >>

Lyric Pieces, Op.54

Grieg wrote his famous Nocturne (Night Piece) in the summer of 1891 during his annual country retreat to the Norwegian mountains and fjords. Along with five other pieces, he included the Nocturne in Book V of his Lyric Pieces, Op. 54. Read >>

Sonatine

Ravel wrote the first movement of the Sonatine in 1903 for a magazine competition run by a magazine but wasn't awarded the prize as he was the only entrant and had exceeded the length restriction! Fortunately for posterity, Ravel soon added a second and a third movement in 1905 and it quickly became popular, remaining so ever since. Read >>

A Crash Course in Music Theory

This series provides a “crash course” in practical theory for pianists. It covers traditional topics such as harmony and counter point through examples and exercises which will improve your understanding of music and your performance practice. Read >>

Aria in F

JC Bach's Aria in F is part of a new series on the ABRSM syllabus designed for youngsters, or elementary players. This series of articles provides a step-by-step (or phrase-by-phrase) approach to learning the piece thoroughly and securely, building a solid foundation for performance in an exam, or if you are learning for pleasure. Read >>

Sonatina in G

Handel's Sonatina in G is part of a new series on the ABRSM syllabus designed for youngsters, or elementary players. This series of articles provides a step-by-step (or phrase-by-phrase) approach to learning the piece thoroughly and securely, building a solid foundation for performance in an exam, or if you are learning for pleasure. Read >>

The Merry Farmer

Schumann’s piano music is a joy to play – it is full of inspiration, fantastic contrasts in mood and character as well as beautiful melodies and breathtakingly beautiful harmonies. This series of articles provides notes outlining how to approach learning The Merry Farmer, Returning from Work from the Album for the Young.

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Solfeggietto in C Minor

The term “solfeggietto” means an exercise, or little study. This much-loved little piece is a study in evenness of tempo and touch, but it is also a study in composition (how a piece of music may be constructed from the simplest of ideas). This series of videos provides an introduction to the piece followed by performance aspects and tips for how to go about learning and practising it. Read >>

Two Short Pieces

This series features two popular short pieces by William Alwyn, The Sun is Setting and The Sea is Angry which are both ideal for the intermediate level. Read >>

Fantasy in D Minor K397

This video provides a section by section waltkthrough of Mozart's Fantasy in D Minor K397 (sometimes referred to as Fantasia).

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Nocturne in C-sharp Minor

Chopin wrote the Nocturne in C-sharp minor, op. posth. in 1830, but it was only published in 1870. He dedicated the work to his sister, Ludwika “as an exercise before beginning the study of my second Concerto". This series of articles provides a comprehensive walkthrough and detailed practice worksheets for this beautiful work.

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Romanze from Eine kleine Nachtmusiek

We continue our collection of guides to the ABRSM syllabus with another work from the Grade 3 repertoire list. This series of articles features tips on how to approach the piano arrangement by Clem Virgo of the first part of the second movement of Mozart's popular orchestral serenade for piano, Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music). Read >>

La donna è mobile (The woman is fickle)

La donna è mobile (“woman is fickle”) is a tenor aria from Act 3 of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. Nancy Litten’s delightful piano arrangement gives the elementary pianist an opportunity to enjoy this famous tune and also serves as a valuable study in coordinating different touches between the hands, control of tone at a variety of different dynamic levels, and rhythmic precision and poise.

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Tom Bowling

This series of articles features tips on how to approach the piano arrangement of the popular English sea-song, Tom Bowling, by Charles Dibdin (Arr. Julian McNamara). This song was first performed at The Lyceum in London in 1789, and later performed annually at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the medley of English sea-songs customarily played on the Last Night of the Proms.

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Sostenuto in E flat

Chopin's Sostenuto in E flat or Waltz in E flat was discovered as recently as 1941, by the Director of the Paris Conservatoire, Dr. Jacques Chailley. There are precious few works of Chopin that are suitable for the intermediate level pianist, so Grade V candidates will be extremely happy to find this work on the main syllabus.

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