Weekend Competition Double Bill


This weekend’s competition features two piano resources which I hope will be of interest.

The first is a collection of 12 Tangos, written by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992), arranged by Rachel Chapin, and published by Boosey and Hawkes. Each piece contains all the expected tango inflections, incorporated alongside elements of classical music and jazz. The works would suit those of Grades 3 – 5 (ABRSM; approximately intermediate level). The selection ranges from Libertango and Milonga for Three, to Vuelvo al Sur and Sin Rumbo.

The second book, Piano Village, is a selection of original compositions, written by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin (1957 – ) also published by Boosey and Hawkes. Consisting of 25 works, this generous volume features some of Kats-Chernin’s most well-known pieces including Eliza’s Aria. Ranging in difficulty, these gems are generally for more advanced players, and are often highly rhythmic, patterned and Minimalist in style.

To win, please leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post, and I will select two winners on Sunday evening (British time). Good luck!


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. John says:

    Free Tangos – nice

  2. I’d love to have these! The Ttangos look great, and, I’m ashamed to say, Chernin’s work is new to me.

  3. Joanne Snowden says:

    I would love to win either of these, but especially the Piano Village book which sounds intriguing from your description!

  4. Loraine says:

    Both books would be great addition to my library.

  5. Ann Coleman says:

    Thanks, Melanie. Both books look very interesting !

  6. Rebecca H says:

    These scores would be great additions to my library!

    1. Fran says:

      Would appreciate these books. Thank you.

  7. Sarah says:

    Would love to win them!

  8. lynnkie says:

    I love those tangos and would dearly love to teach some simpler versions to my students. well, to be totally honest, i wouldn’t mind playing some easier ones myself!!

  9. Rachel says:

    These look like the sort of pieces I love to share with my students!

  10. ezmezajr says:

    Oh wow! I am not familiar with either of these publications. I’m excited about the tangos in particular because I know they would appeal to several of my students.

  11. Irma Khouw says:

    This is so awesome!! I love Tangos! And the pieces in Piano Village are beautiful. I would love to win. Great addition to my repertoire.

  12. annafagan says:

    Such a wonderful pair of books this time — I would love to add to my collection.

  13. Brandy Woods says:

    These are wonderful collections! I have an adult student that would definitely enjoy the Tangos book! So glad to learn about these!

  14. Alison says:

    Would love these books

  15. this would be amazing-thanks for the chance!

  16. Many thanks to all who entered the competition this weekend – entries are now closed. 🙂

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