Play Women Composers is a new digital volume, published by Pianist Magazine, comprising twelve piano works, taking pianists from elementary to advanced level. Featuring nine female composers spanning a couple of centuries, it’s perfect for those who wish to discover new and exciting repertoire, whether that be to learn or to sight-read.
The download, which is available on the Pocket Mags platform, includes the following pieces:
The Unicorn Flies by Melanie Spanswick, Minuet No. 1 from Children’s Album Op. 36 by Amy Beach, Mazurka in C by Maria Szymanowska, Melody Op 4 No. 2 by Fanny Mendelssohn, Song of Youth Op. 45 No. 1 by Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, Polka from Children’s Album Op. 36 No. 5 by Amy Beach, No. 1 from 25 Easy Etudes Op. 50 by Louise Farrenc, Tarantelle Op. 23 No. 10 by Cécile Chaminade, Summer Song Op. 45 No. 3 by Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, Méditation by Mel Bonis, Prelude in E minor by Fanny Mendelssohn, and Romance in E flat minor op. 11 No. 1 by Clara Schumann.
My piece, The Unicorn Flies, is around Grade 2 (ABRSM) level, and each piece is increasingly more demanding, both technically and musically. Six pieces include ‘how-to-play’ articles which are printed alongside the music. These have been written by Pianist Magazine’s team of writers; myself, Nils Franke, Annabel Thwaite, and Lucy Parham. Useful information about every piece is printed at the top of each score, and, at the end of the digital edition, Lucy Parham has written a fascinating article detailing Clara Schumann’s life.
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.