Nuances by Jenny Walker is a collection of ten contemporary lyrical pieces depicting the beautiful things in life and reminiscent of childhood. Gazing up at the clouds, making time for a little play, daydreaming and staring in wonder at nature all provide a welcome diversion from the world’s troubles. They are written for the late-intermediate pianist and contain subtle harmonies and textures.
Roadtrip!® Space Odyssey
Ready to blast off on an intergalactic piano voyage? Roadtrip Space Odyssey features eighteen space-themed showcase solos for late beginners of all ages. Lush, contemporary teacher duet parts are included in the book for every song. Play-along tracks are available to amp up the fun factor! Music and lyrics by Jennifer Eklund and Kris Skaletski.
Sing We Now of Christmas
Sing We Now of Christmas, also known as Noel Nouvelet, combined with Ravel’s iconic Pavane pour une infante defunte, and stylishly arranged for intermediate piano by Jennifer Eklund. This piece is part of the Yuletide Treasures holiday songbook.
Winter Waltz, part of Lisa Donovan Lukas’s Dynamic Duos songbook, is a lyrical minor-key duet for two late beginners. This piece offers a great introduction to collaborative work and lyrical phrasing. This piece has been selected for the NFMC Festivals Bulletin, 2020-2024.
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Backyard Bash: Volume Two
Backyard Bash, Volume 2, is a collection of solos written for late beginning pianists who enjoy playing music with lyrics. It is the sequel to Backyard Bash and offers just enough additional difficulty to challenge and delight students. These pieces were written about actual creatures which inhabit our Southwest Virginia backyard, and the lyrics are intended to facilitate study of the music while also amusing the performer. I have found that my students love playing these songs because they sound more difficult than they are, and they are fun to sing along with! I hope you enjoy these musical nature studies and learn to play them all!
Dancing in Dreams
Dancing in Dreams is an engaging collection of eleven contemporary ballet-inspired solos by Lisa Donovan Lukas. These original selections feature an array of tonal centers and styles. From elegant lyrical solos to upbeat fun-to-play solos, these showcase pieces are ideal for intermediates of all ages.
Portrait No. 5: Refractions is an intermediate selection by Travis Lohmann, paying tribute to the minimalistic stylings of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The main focus of this piece is slow moving harmonic changes which gradually shift over time. Performers will enjoy the lyrical yet longing melody which gently plays over top the bed of simplistic yet increasingly interesting harmonies. Teachers can help students discover and analyze the changing harmonies throughout. A wonderful selection for both voice-leading and dynamics, this piece is a fine addition for both recital and concerts.