August is a new age piano solo, composed by Sarah Reaser O’Brien NCTM, for intermediate and late intermediate pianists. The pedagogical focus of this selection is small hand accessibility. The waltz-time setting and straight eighths are ideal for helping players achieve a fluid technique and a sense of forward motion. The melodic content is “hidden” within the right hand eighths and gives ample opportunity for developing sophisticated voicing.
Waltz Divine, composed by Jenny Walker, is in the style of a grand waltz. Rubato is encouraged, especially when it comes to reaching the distance in the left hand. The opening section has a catchy and memorable theme. The quieter, second section, is brief and the first idea soon reappears to conclude the piece. This selection is ideal for late intermediates.
Rejoice! Rejoice!, also known as Gaudete, is a sacred Christmas carol, thought to have been composed in the 16th century and published in Piae Cantiones, a collection of Finnish & Swedish sacred songs. It is arranged here as fast and flashy upbeat trio by Lisa Donovan Lukas. This selection is ideal for early intermediates and includes a set of parts and a full conductor’s score.