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This is a lyrical piano ballad in waltz time for intermediate pianists by Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM. The melody is made almost entirely of ascending and descending pentascales (5-note scales) on white keys. The accompaniment for left hand requires a hand span primarily of melodic octaves with an occasional melodic tenth. The ternary form features a middle section with surprising harmonies and a deceptive cadence. Middle and high school students will find this piece both accessible and rewarding.
September (Digital: Single User)

September (Digital: Single User)

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September (Digital: Unlimited Reproductions)

September (Digital: Unlimited Reproductions)

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  • Style: Contemporary Lyrical Solo

  • Correlates to Piano Pronto method books: Movement 4 & up

  • Level: Intermediates & up

  • Tonal center: C major

  • Teaching Concepts: Pentascales; melodic octaves and tenths in accompaniment; phrasing; scale passages

Additional Details

Composer: Sarah Reaser O'Brien
Tonal Center: C major
Genre(s): Contemporary Lyrical, Pop-Style
Instrumentation: Piano Solo
In a collection: Full Circle
Level: Intermediate
Medium: Sheet Music
Method Book Match: Movement 5, Finale


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One of my students said that this piece sounded like a major/minor piece. I suggested the word "melancholy" - which is what it should be considering that September is between the summer fun and looking ahead to fall and winter...the in-between month. We really liked this song and it really fits the title. Thank you, Sarah. Teagan really likes your song.