October is an intermediate new age piece by Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM. The constantly moving triplet figures in both hands are meant to evoke the swirling motion of colorful autumn leaves blowing about in the breeze. Rather than centering on a traditional melodic line, October allows students to create a mood or effect by experimenting with dynamic inflection and rubato to vary each performance. Dynamic indications in the score are merely suggestions – performers are meant to make this free-flowing piece their own.
A Wise Old Owl
A Wise Old Owl is inspired by a nursery rhyme of the same title and set here as a whimsically macabre solo for intermediates by Stacy Fahrion. If you’re playing on a grand piano, before beginning the piece you can silently depress the low F octave and sustain it throughout with the sostenuto pedal for an added mysterious effect. This is an optional effect, and the piece still works well without it. The damper pedal is often left down for extended periods of time as well for a swirling effect.
Theory Time® Medallion Series: Gold Workbook
The Theory Time Medallion Series Gold workbook covers the intermediate level of music theory. By working through the Gold workbook, a student will cover the concepts taught in Grades Six through Eight in the original workbook series. This workbook is appropriate for students who have a solid understanding of the Theory Fundamental and Early Intermediate levels (Primer through Grade 5 in the original Workbook Series.) The Gold workbook will prepare a student for the Advanced Levels in the original Workbook Series. Upon completion, a student will be ready to work in the Platinum Level or in the Grade Nine workbook of the original Workbook Series