These pieces are
world famous and composed by first class composers. They are specially selected for my beginner students and they love
playing them. It is suggested that you equip with better sound
"Plaisir D'Amour" By Martini
In this famous piece, known and sung the world over, the lovely 6/8 theme is accompanied
by the swaying pattern in the left hand. The piece is a A-B-A form.
The beautiful melody in the right hand should be brought out
expressively. The best way to practice left is to play the three
notes as a chord to hold the keys under your fingers and help you to
memorize the notes and fingering.
"Caprice No 24" by Paganini(1782-1840)
Paganini is reputed to be the greatest violinist of all time. This is a transcription of one of his famous violin caprices.
The two short section in this transcription are characterized by a
distinctive rhythmic figure. Attention must be given to the
combination of staccato, legato and accentuation. The second and
third notes of the melodic cells fly of the abrupt first note,
while the rocking pairs of note in the left hand provide a contrast.
"Russian Polka by Glinka" (1804-1857)
This piece is a lively little Russian Polka, It is a dance. The exposition of the theme is followed by an ornamented version of the melody, while the second section of the piece follows a similar pattern.
The dynamic contrasts are important, since they distinguish the
theme and the variation. You need to practice hard to play up to the
speed as you hear. but it still sound charming with a slower tempo.
"German Folksong" by Chopin(1810-1849)
The piece is a song, it has a lovely melody.
When a melody is harmonized, it gains the support of a bass line and appropriate chords. In this piece
where the chords based on fifths and thirds create a link between
the bass line and the melody. The left hand should remain discreet,
playing in long, flexible phrases and enriching the modulation and
color of the melody in the upper line of the right hand.
"Ode to Joy" by Beethoven (1770-1827)
This is the famous theme from the finale of Beethoven's 9th Symphony
op125, completed in 1824 and dedicated to the King of Prussia. The
theme is of great simplicity, only consists of four phrases. The
notes should be played evenly and expressively with plenty of
legato, It should sound like a ceremonious melody. Be sure to take a breath between each phrase with a
slight and supple movement of the wrist.
"Wedding March" form a Midsummer Night's
Dream by Mendelssohn(1809-1847)
This a world famous piece. It was original intended as the finale to
a service to accompany a performance of Shakespeare's play. The
tempo is solid and dignified. Since it is a march, it must not drag.
A sense of forward motion must run through the as line that forms
the foundation of the musical structure.
"The Dancing Bear" from Album for the Young
by Schumann (1770-1827)
This piece is taken from Schumann' 1848 Album for the Young
which gathered dozens of easy pieces for the children. In this piece, it is very important to maintain a precise rhythmic pulse. The left hand, with its short g race note before each
Beat, must provide a solid accompaniment to the right hand. While
the right hand needs to spin a long, singing line. It will help to lower and raise the wrist as you shape the melodic phrases.
This piece is in three section the first section is to be repeat
after you play the second section.
"Lullaby" by Brahms (1833-1897)
This piece is a famous
Lullaby which is an adaptation of a song for voice and piano called
Cradle Song . This charming piece rocks gently in triple time
like a slow waltz, with each phrase starting on an upbeat, the third
beat of the bar. The smooth and expressive melody in the right hand
has a very simple left-hand broken triad accompaniment. They can be
practiced as chords to hold the keys under your fingers. Be sure to
slow down at the end to bring the lullaby to a peaceful conclusion.
"Song Without Words" by Spindler (1817-1905)
The gender Song without Words was created by
Mendelssohn. Spindler was a German composer of mainly light works. This piece has a
graciously melody. It is in A minor. Make the melody in the right
hand sing out and keep your hands close to the keyboard to maintain
a consistent legato (cantabile). The left-hand quavers should
be absolute even and calming. Observe the crescendo and
decrescendo marking carefully.
Polovtsian Dance by Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
The Polovtsian Dances were premiered in St. Petersburg in 1879. They form the choral finale of the opera Prince Igor, but are also often heard in their purely orchestral form. The sequence of dances alternates between savage vigor and oriental languor.
The tempo is moderate, leaving space for great expressivity, subtle
nuance and sensitive phrasing.
"Dance of the Happy Rabbit" By Anonymous
This is a children's piece. With the approach of summer, the rabbits come out from their homes beneath
the ground and bounce around, enjoying the fine weather. The piece
is A-B-A form. There are
only 5 phrases in this piece. A phrase consists of 8 bars. First two
phrases made a musical statement (part A). And they repeat after the brief
middle part B. The left-hand also plays an accompany second melody
which should be practiced and listened to separately.
Slow Waltz from the ballet Coppelia by
Leo Delibes (1836-1891)
The ballet Coppelia was premiered in Paris in May 1870. It comprises three scenes and this waltz is one of its most famous pieces. The lovely melody in the right hand is set against an airy two-bar rhythmic figure in the left hand.
An accent should be put on the first beat of each bar and keep the
two-note chords as light as possible.