It’s time for a Summer weekend competition, and today’s chosen publication is the new Faber Music Easy Piano Anthology. Over the years, I’ve covered many of Faber’s new piano publications, and this one, in my opinion, will be particularly useful for teachers and their elementary students, due to the fact that most of the chosen repertoire is reasonably simple. One should never underestimate the necessity of simplicity in the piano teacher’s studio. Some publications aim to fall into the ‘simple’ or elementary category, but, on flicking through the volume, my heart inevitably sinks when I view pieces of Grade 5 or 6 level (or above).
This smart tome starts at around Grade 1 – 2 level, with plenty for the elementary student to enjoy (and it goes to around Grade 5 – 6 level). Containing a large collection of arrangements and ‘favourites’, it features everything from pop tunes and musical theatre numbers to jazz standards, as well as plenty for the Classical music lover; there is definitely something to suit all tastes. And for those who are more advanced, this volume would provide excellent sight-reading material.
I played through a few pieces, including the ‘Largo’ from the New World Symphony (Dvorak), ‘Ave Maria’ (Schubert), ‘All Through The Night ‘ (Trad.), ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ (George and Ira Gershwin), ‘Imagine’ (Lennon), the Star Wars ‘Main Theme’ (Williams), ‘Scarborough Fair’ (Trad.), ‘On The Street Where You Live’ (Lerner and Loewe), ‘The Rose’ (McBroom), ‘City of Stars’ from La La Land (Pasek, Paul and Hurwitz), and ‘Space Oddity’ (Bowie). This smattering should be enough to whet your appetite!
I have two books for two lucky readers. To take part in this competition, all you need to do is leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post. I will select the two winners on Monday evening (British time). Good luck!
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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.
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