Promise of Spring
A tender story of winter becoming spring by Ryan Chesser. Perfect for students to learn how to be expressive and evoke emotion using dynamics and tempo changes. This multi-level pack includes two different versions for early intermediates and intermediates.
A Treasured Moment
Portrait No.3 A Treasured Moment, is a late intermediate solo composed by Travis Lohmann, which pays homage to the Impressionistic colors of French composer Claude Debussy. A contemplative beginning with resonant and sonorous chords is a fantastic way to get students thinking about touch and tone color when performing. The increasingly more energetic middle section allows students to become more dexterous with rapid arpeggiated extended chords, as well as the evocative colors of the whole tone scale. The piece concludes with a distant call-back to the original main theme with jazz-influenced harmonies before having a triumphant send off of lush chords reminiscent of bells tolling far away.
Portrait No.2, Spirited Castle is a late intermediate solo composed in the likes of Joe Hisaishi. Students will enjoy the bright and upbeat jazz waltz feel, soaring melody, as well as exploring scintillating quartal harmonies in left hand accompaniment. This piece is perfect for openers or dramatic finishes at recitals, festival solos, and more!
Portrait No.1, Definitive Road, is a solo composed in the harmonic and melodic tendencies of Thomas Newman. Students will enjoy exploring the mysterious yet emotional chord qualities of this piece, as well as the variations of the melodic theme. This mid-intermediate to advanced level solo by Travis Lohmann is perfect for recital programming, preludes, and more.
Silent Night for Two by Jenny Walker is for four hands and is a fantasia based on the famous carol. It can be played by two intermediate/advanced pianists or a student and teacher. It opens and ends with bell-like octaves and pedal notes. The main melody is played initially by the primo player and the volume and speed picks up as other parts come in. This sparkling showcase is an entertaining take on a seasonal favorite.