By David Dutkanicz

Beginning pianists of every age will cherish this wonderful compilation of piano classics. the various maximum composers — J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt — are represented via a number of items every one, a few newly tailored for the piano. renowned works comprise the Brandenburg Concerto No. three, Claire de Lune, and images at an Exhibition.

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As an added Eastern flavor, the melody is played in a distant key before being echoed in the home key of C major. Moderato Alexander Borodin 1833–1887 Polovetsian Dance No. 1 This melody is from the opera Prince Igor. It was also adapted for the Broadway show Kismet and became popular as the song Strangers in Paradise. Play with a legato style and keep the melody flowing. With Feeling Johannes Brahms 1833–1897 Piano Quintet (opening) This powerful melody begins a work for an ensemble known as a piano quintet: two violins, viola, cello and piano.

You’ve no doubt heard it before on many different occasions. ). Moderato Pyotr Tchaikovsky 1840–1893 Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker This charming waltz is one of the most played from The Nutcracker. Pay attention to how Tchaikovsky adds thirds in the right hand (starting on page 118) to sweeten the melody in the left hand. Also, feel free to slow the tempo as you wish at the rubato—just be sure to return to your original pace at the a tempo. Moderato Giuseppe Verdi 1813–1901 Aria from Rigoletto This popular aria is from Verdi’s Rigoletto, which premiered in 1851 and helped solidify the composer’s fame.

Andantino Frédéric Chopin 1810–1849 Grand Waltz in A Minor The theme of the Grade Valse Brillante, Op. 34 no. 2. Close your eyes and imagine Paris, the most beautiful and fashionable city in all of Europe. Picture a candle-lit ballroom, music in the air, and elegant dancers in fine dress. Yet underneath it all is a hint of melancholy and sweet sadness. Was young Chopin thinking of his Polish homeland as he composed this quiet piece? Lento Frédéric Chopin 1810–1849 Lullaby The theme of Chopin’s Berceuse [bear-SIRS], Op.

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