My piano training is in Classical Music and I love sharing that grand tradition with my students. This page is devoted to arrangements I've made of the classics.
This very popular song is given a modern treatment. The time signature has been changed. The melody has been syncopated. Yet, it still remains Brahms Lullaby. Give it a listen!
Chopin's "Tristesse" Etude
The arrangement of this popular piece of Chopin keeps to the original as much as possible. It is transposed to the easier key of F major. However, the same technical problem must be solved; playing two parts in the right hand.
This beautiful melody is from "Hansel and Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck. It used to be in many popular piano books. I have not seen it in any books lately to I thought I would bring it back to our attention.
Fur Elise Variations
This most popular of Beethoven's melodies is given a Theme and Variation treatment. The format is:
Theme - unchanged from original
Variation 1 - for the left hand
Variation 2 - as a Jig
Variation 3 - larghetto in A major
Variation 4 - quick register shifts
Variation 5 - alla Rachmaninoff
This set would be an excellent preparatory set of variations to learn before a student is ready to tackle the mature variation sets of Mozart and Beethoven.
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach
This beautiful melody of J.S. Bach is from the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, ("Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life"). I give this intermediate student arrangement a little slower, more pastoral setting than the original.