A Special Faber Weekend Competition

It’s Friday and therefore time for a weekend competition. My competition this week highlights three books all courtesy of Faber Music.

The Ultimate Piano Solos anthology is just that: a collection of fifty favourite works across many different genres arranged for the piano, for approximately Intermediate (to advanced) level. Beautifully laid out, this selection would make a superb addition to any pianist’s library, and is particularly useful for advanced players who are searching for interesting sight-reading material. It also offers plenty of ideas for those who seek party pieces too.

Included in this book are the following: Bella’s Lullaby (From Twilight), Davy Jones (From Pirates Of The Caribbean), Dive (Ed Sheeran), The Entertainer (Scott Joplin), Gymnopedie No.1 (Erik Satie), How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees), Karma Police (Radiohead), La Fille Aux Cheveaux De Lin (Claude Debussy), Melodia Africana 1 (Ludovico Einaudi), Moonlight Sonata (L.V. Beethoven), Pavane (Gabriel Faure), Prelude In E Minor (Frederic Chopin), A Thousand Years (The Piano Guys), Variations On The Kanon (George Winston), What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong), Memory (From Cats).

Arrangements provide the perfect opportunity to spend time at the piano getting to know both new and favourite tunes. The Easy Piano Series is proving popular, and I’ve two volumes to giveaway;  Film and Shows. These books are easy to read, often include words to songs plus chord indications, and are suitable for anyone from around Grade 2 – 4 (ABRSM level). Excellent as repertoire books for that ‘between exams’ stage, or for an end of term concert.

The Easy Piano Series Film features:

  1. As Time Goes By (Casablanca)
  2. City Of Stars (La La Land)
  3. Davy Jones Theme (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest)
  4. Hedwig’s Theme (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
  5. How Far I’ll Go (Moana)
  6. New Moon (The Twilight Saga)
  7. Not About Angels (The Fault in Our Stars)
  8. Pure Imagination (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  9. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
  10. The Ring Goes South (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  11. See You Again (Furious 7)
  12. Star Wars (Main Theme) (Star Wars)

The Easy Piano Series Shows features:

  1. Breaking Free (High School Musical)
  2. Maybe This Time (Cabaret)
  3. Memory (Cats)
  4. Nowadays (Chicago)
  5. On The Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady)
  6. Someone To Watch Over Me (Oh Kay!)
  7. Summer Nights (Grease)
  8. Summertime (Porgy & Bess)
  9. Tomorrow (Annie)
  10. Wait For It (Hamilton)
  11. Where Is Love? (Oliver!)
  12. You Give A Little Love (Bugsy Malone)

I have one copy of the Ultimate Piano Solos, and one each of The Easy Piano Series Shows and Film for three lucky readers. As always, to be in with a chance of winning, please leave your comment in the comment box at the end of this blog post. I will announce the winners on Monday evening (British time), so be sure to check my blog to see if you’ve been successful. 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.

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Sioned Edwards says:

    This looks fab! I have quite a few pupils who’d really enjoy these!

  2. jlandwer says:

    Wow! You are so generous both in the time you give and the wonderful encouragement you’ll solicit from piano students by providing little fun competitions like this one. I am an intermediate student eagerly trying to move forward and would love these books. Thank you!

  3. Id love any of these… need to update more of my material for my fresh burst of piano teaching after recently retiring from school teaching

  4. Brenda says:

    This is exactly what we are working on in my studio during summer lessons! We have Movie Time Tuesday’s where we are learning about music and film. They are already asking for film music to learn. What an awesome addition either one of these would be to my studio and to my lending library. Thank you for the opportunity!

  5. dennisdooley says:

    Hi Melanie,

    These are lovely compilations. Any one of these would be a wonderful addition to a musician’s library.

  6. Alan Bond says:

    These look great. Good to see decent arrangements of popular music.

  7. Louise Harris says:

    Ooh, these look good. Please count me in for the competition.

  8. Lynne Hall says:

    Thanks for letting us know about these books.

  9. Marla Mosiman says:

    So much fun to be had in playing new music! Pick me!!

  10. Fran says:

    Please enter me in your competition. Thank you very much.


  11. Pamela Denison says:

    The books look fab. I’d love to win one.

  12. Both of these are PERFECT for summer time but really, anytime. Lots of fun arrangements!

  13. Rachel says:

    They look marvelous!

  14. Christina says:

    REALLY hoping to finally pull a recital of familiar tunes together this year! It’s been on my to-do list but I need some serious repertoire planning. Sounds like these books are real winners!! ❤️

  15. Miriam says:

    Hi Melanie!
    Fab comp and the compilations look fantastic – so broad, something for everyone! Would love to be in a chance to win the ultimate piano solos. Was researching about tone production and came across your EPTA article – brilliant read, and have started to use some of the exercises as well. Great blog too, wish I came across it sooner, and will be definitely getting more of your books!!
    Continued success to you Melanie.

  16. Matthew Ellson says:

    These look great. I know of many who’d benefit from having this repertoire.

  17. Ann Allott says:

    What an impressive list of music! It’s always great to have some different music to play. Thanks for the opportunity to win some new pieces.

  18. Ann Coleman says:

    I would love to add these books to my collection! Variety is the spice of life!

  19. Linda Mowbray says:

    Thank you for introducing me to another great selection of repertoire for students. My students will be delighted with the variety of genres.

  20. Ann says:

    I hadn’t heard of these collections. They look fabulous! Thanks for your giveaways.

  21. Lynne Hall says:

    A wonderful selection.

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