Arranged Classics

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.

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Brahms' Lullaby

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!

Brahms' Lullaby - Dan Severino
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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.

Chopin Etude #3 - Dan Severino
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Children's Prayer

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. 

Children's Prayer from Hansel and Gretel - Dan Severino
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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.

Fur Elise Variations - Dan Severino
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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. 

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Dan Severino
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