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.
February is a syncopated tune in triple meter for intermediate pianists by Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM. A lyrical variation replaces the principle theme in the second half of this minor piece. Students are not required to play a greater span than an octave in the left hand accompaniment, and the perpetual motion of the harmonic rhythm drives the sense of forward motion.
December is a contemplative lyrical intermediate piano solo by Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM. As with all music, imagery or stories may come to mind when performing or hearing the piece. For the composer, it brings to mind a nighttime journey to Bethlehem by a woman great with child and her husband. This hand-friendly piece will delight intermediates of all ages!