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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.

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!

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. 

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.

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. 

Brahms' Lullaby - Dan Severino
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Children's Prayer from Hansel and Gretel - Dan Severino
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Chopin Etude #3 - Dan Severino
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Fur Elise Variations - Dan Severino
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Dan Severino
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