January - Student Page

2013 Composition Contest

100-day Challenge - keep working on your practice charts. If you haven't started yet, make a
New Year's Resolution and begin now! Download this chart or make your own. pdf

Jillian Brown, age 13, of Arkansas is the first student to send in a completed 100-day practice chart.
Congratulations to Jillian! Keep up the good work. We will print names of students who
send us their practice charts in upcoming issues of Piano Explorer. You can start the challenge at any time!


Included below: Rachmaninoff Composer's Workshop Winter Music

December Issue
- student page

January Teachers Guide

Kids' Corner
Past Issues

Composers of the Month

Sergei Rachmaninoff:

Prelude in C# minor
Played by Emil Gilels:



Played by Rachmaninoff himself:



Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini



Prelude in G minor Op. 23, No. 5



Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor



Piano Concerto No. 2



Piano Concerto No. 3


Composers Workshop

Mozart Rondo Alla Turca (Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331, 3rd movement)- Listen for the memorable melody in this famous piece.



Moonlight Sonata - Listen to the harmonic progression in this sonata.



Schubert Impromptu in A flat major - This piece switches from minor to major.



Petzold Minuet in G - what is the time signature in this piece? Hint: listen for the strong beats.



Mozart K. 545 - Listen to the bass pattern in the left hand at the beginning.



Chopin Waltz in A minor - This is a waltz-style accompaniment with a bass note followed by two chords.



Go Tell Aunt Rhody - This piece is in ABA form. What other pieces do you know in this form?



Winter Music

E. Walteufel – Skater's Waltz



L.E. Larson – Winter's Tale for Orchestra, Op. 18




N. Rimsky-Korsakov – The Snow Maiden (an aria from the opera)




A. Glazunov - The Seasons (scene from the ballet)



P. I. Tchaikovsky – Seasons:





P. I. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams"


A. Vivaldi – Winter from Four Seasons


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