As it has been the first week of Advent I decided that this week I would do an arrangement of one of my favourite festive tunes; O come, O come Emmanuel.
I have tried to create something different. I'm happy with it but let's see if anyone else is.
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This came out the blue. I was asked to play this for someone and had totally forgotten that we did something with Fauré's Requiem when I was at college. Anyway, Mrs. Owen really liked it and so did I so with a bit of a rewrite from myself because I couldn't find a solo piano arrangement of it, here is week nine's piece; 'In paradisum' by Gabriel Fauré arranged a bit by me. Do please like and subscribe.
Written by Robert Schumann on 24th February 1838, this is the most popular piece from 'Kinderzenen' and some would say, the entire piano repertoire. It really had to be one of the twelve.
'Oh, lady be good' by George Gershwin. This one is for my dad. He used to play this sort of thing by ear when I was a kid. The arrangement is by Gershwin himself from a book called 'Gershwin at the keyboard'. I hope you enjoy it.
After a lovely week off in the Cotswolds it's now week 6 of Twelve pieces in twelve weeks. This week it's Schumann and a piece called 'Frühlingsgesang' which means Spring Song, as far as my basic German tells me.
This is a quick arrangement of one of those tunes that I keep coming back to. It has been a busy week.
Week four of the Twelve week challenge. 'The little shepherd' by Claude Debussy.
This is a bit like one of Debussy's other piano pieces; 'La fille aux cheveux de lin' or 'The girl with the flaxen hair' which was written the following year. Maybe it was a sketch for it, maybe not. I like both.
This is probably one of the best known piano solos of all time. It was written on 27th April 1810 in Beethoven's 40th year. It was written when Beethoven was profoundly deaf. Six years later he would be totally deaf.
I included it in my twelve pieces because just about every new pupil I have ever met has wanted to play it. The thing is that the only really know of the main melody. This is the whole thing.
Part 2 of 'Twelve pieces in twelve weeks'.
In September 2018 I decided to learn twelve pieces in twelve weeks. I am not inviting requests, which may seem a bit harsh, but that's because I really wanted to play pieces that I would request, so the list was already fundamentally chosen; if you can fundamentally choose a list, that is.
The idea is that each week I will learn a piece, record it and post it on YouTube and publicise it on Facebook.
Why am I doing it? First of all; because I can. I've been a musician since I started playing at seven years old, and have spent my entire life playing, writing or teaching music. That is over 50 years in which hardly one day has gone by when I didn't play some music.
Secondly, I like a challenge. After all of that time I still feel that I have barely scratched the surface of that that is piano repertoire or if you like; piano music. Some might find that ridiculous after all of that time but I think it's really healthy. Go to any music shop and browse the shelves containing their stock of piano music and you'll get some idea of how vast piano repertoire is. Bear in mind that that will only be a fraction of what is available and that that has to be a fraction of what has been written. It's mind blowing.
So here we go on a mini adventure. I seriously hope that you enjoy the trip and please feel free to make any comments that you want to.
Allemande from French Suite No.1 by J.S. Bach.
Played by Stephen Owen.
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