Friday Competition: Ballads Without Words


It’s Friday! Therefore it’s a competition day here on my blog. Today’s prize is a signed copy of British composer Heather Hammond‘s new piano compositions, Ballads Without Words. Published just this week in hard copy (you can also purchase a digital version too), Heather has written a group of eight colourful pieces intended for those of intermediate level (Grades 4-6), which are full of contrasting moods and melodic surprises.

Written in modern pop ballad genre, some pieces have a real jazzy edge, with frequently changing meters and pulsating chordal passages, whilst others are calm, tranquil, and occasionally tinged with sorrow. They are perfect students and teachers wanting to explore new Contemporary repertoire, and great for those who fancy an interesting diversion between exams.

As usual, leave a suitable comment in the comment box at the end of this blog post toΒ  be in with a chance of winning. Heather will pick a winner on Sunday evening (British time), so stay tuned for the result…

You can listen to all the pieces (played by Heather) and purchase a copy here.

EVC Music Publications

36 thoughts on “Friday Competition: Ballads Without Words

  1. Another great way to introduce a contemporary composer to my students – and I am reassured that compositions with the Melanie Spanswick Seal of Approval will be beautifully crafted and enjoyable to play and teach.

  2. Hi Mel, I discovered Heather’s ‘Cool Piano’ series not long ago and they have been a real hit with my pupils. These look great: I’ll be ordering a copy anyway, but a SIGNED copy would be awesome – I’m a big fan! πŸ™‚ George

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  4. I have just come across Heather Hammond in this post and the pieces are beautifully imaginative and pianistic. I know they will go down well with a wide range of pupils, both young and old.

    • Thanks for your kind comments Clare. I teach many pupils so always try to write things that are of educational value as well as being interesting to play. My pupils always try things out for me and only the ‘hits’ get published. Good luck!

  5. A wonderful collection! My favorites……….Maybe Tomorrow and Rainforest Dawn. I had to listen to some of them more than once because they were so wonderful.

  6. I am very interested in composers who are still living from outside the United States. Trying to expose my students to more of them. Thanks for posting!

  7. This is great. I would love to introduce this lovely contemporary collection to my students. Need to expose my students to living composers in both US and non US. And I would love love a signed copy from the composer. I will treasure it. Thank you.

  8. Isn’t it wonderful that our world is full of so many young, vibrant, active, new composers. Beethoven and all your other ancestors would be happy you’re keep music alive. Love hearing about each new composer and their teachable, wonderful music. My little studio far away on the Westcoast of BC would LOVE to wina copy. Whoever you pick will be very happy. Cheers.

  9. I would be absolutely thrilled to teach this music to my students here in Canada. I’m recently certified through the Royal Conservatory and am always looking for “living composers” who are creating repertoire for students at the intermediate level. These are lovely! πŸ™‚

  10. I have so many students in the age categogy and level of these pieces. I think your compositions would be just right for them. They are delightful and I enjoyed listening to them so very much. Thanks for sharing your creative compositions with us.

  11. I have been a big fan of the Cool Piano series for a long time and use them with my students frequently. They particularly love book 3 with fab tunes like “Rocket”, so I’m excited to see new stuff by Heather Hammond πŸ™‚

    • Hey, always wonderful to hear from fans. Glad you like the Cool Piano series. The Ballads is my first book published in collaboration with Elena Cobb so hoping they become popular with teachers eventually too. Good luck πŸ˜‰

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