I recently submitted three pieces to the 2016 Easy Piano Contest Entry sponsored by Sheet Music Plus. I submitted one composition to each category of the Competition. I arranged Matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof from their list of copyrighted materials one could arrange. I composed Concert Gigue Chromatique as an original composition. I arranged a popular tune from my youth, My Grandfather's Clock, in the public domain category.
This particular contest has a focus on easy material for piano students. Since that is my area of musical writing I decided to enter some of my material.
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Matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof was one of my favorite musicals as a young adult. I've seen it performed on stage as well as at the movie theater. The song Matchmaker comes near the beginning of the musical. The village "matchmaker" is called upon to find husbands for the the daughters of our lead character, an ordinary dairyman, Tevye. The song humorously states the anxiety the three daughters feel in their depending upon the matchmaker.
My arrangement of this uptempo waltz tries to capture the excitement of the moment. If your studios feature popular music in your recitals Matchmaker would be a piece to strongly consider for the right piano student.
I composer Concert Gigue Chromatique as a stylized gigue (gig or jig) in the same manner that Chopin wrote stylized mazurkas. The gigue takes on characteristics of a gigue but is not presented as a dance, per se. Pedagogically, this piece is excellent for teaching double note technique as well as chromatic passages; so Concert Gigue Chromatique can be used, this this sense, as an etude. There is a lot of technical work a teacher can explore in this composition. I think Concert Gigue Chromatique can find good use in many teaching studios.
My Grandfather's Clock is a very catchy tune composed by Henry Clay Work from the later 19th Century. The melody and lyric gives rise to the tick-tock of a grandfather's clock expressing itself naturally in staccato and non legato touches. It's an excellent choice to expand a student's imagination to express something as objective and tangible as the ticking of a grandfather clock. This fits in very well to the interpretive and technical tasks of an later elementary piano student. An excellent choice for any piano audition.
Again, I would certainly encourage you to purchase these new releases if you can find benefit in them for your studio needs. And let your piano teacher friends in on this too. I'd appreciate it!! THANKS!!
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