Game Changer is a minor-key trio for six hands, on one piano by Jennifer Eklund. This selection is ideal for late beginners of all ages and includes a full conductor’s score and the three separate student parts. This piece has been selected for the NFMC Festivals Bulletin, 2020-2024.
For many people, November is a month for giving thanks. This intermediate piece by Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM, is a contemporary rendering of a hymn-like melody. November symbolizes a musical token of gratitude for family and friends who have been with us through good times and bad and with whom we love to spend our time. The ternary form offers an uplifting first section followed by a middle theme of more serious and reflective implication. The middle theme modulates into a return of the first in a new key, representing a triumphant overcoming of life’s struggles with the help of those we hold dear.
“Arkansas Traveler” and “Turkey in the Straw” make up this fun dance medley. Both songs were written long ago and have survived through the years with many different lyrics adapted for various occasions. This toe-tapping duet is evenly leveled for two intermediates!
Captain Conrad’s Hornpipe
This hornpipe composed by Jenny Walker is a lively piece, depicting a jolly sea dance on the deck of a pirate ship. Captain Conrad is fictitious and is portrayed as a cheeky chap. The middle section is a smoother, minor feel, depicting the rolling waves as the ship becomes unsteady.
Disjointed Waltz, composed by Jenny Walker, is an evocative waltz with a few surprises. It contains some dynamic time and key changes. It has been written with the advanced player in mind, though rubato could be used to make things easier. The changeover to 6/8 works well and the syncopated rhythms are very effective.
Blow the Wind Southerly
Blow the Wind Southerly is a traditional folk song from Northumberland, England arranged by Jenny Walker. Another familiar melody, “When the Boat Comes In” is combined with the main theme in the middle of the piece. The work tells the story of a woman desperately hoping for a southerly wind to blow her lover back home over the ocean to her. This is a variation-style piece going through several keys, suitable for the late-intermediate pianists.
Based on the traditional English folk song and nursery rhyme, “Lavender’s Blue,” this delightful arrangement by Jenny Walker adds unexpected harmonies and key changes. The march-like 4/4 section gives a new, sombre feel which quickly gives way to a brighter, more flamboyant ending.
Pomp and Circumstance
Stately march by Sir Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934), Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (Trio). Often used as a graduation march and is traditionally the finale at the Last Night of the Proms. This arrangement by Gary Johnston is written in a homophonic chorale style suitable for most formal occasions.