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#1 Saxwarbler

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 19:09

I'm about to start work towards grade 4 and need to get to grips with some waltz and other dance rhythms. Can anyone recommend anything useful but not too dry or expensive? Traditional or modern composers - I don't mind.


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 19:31

Seiber Easy Dances Piano solo have a variety of styles. There are 2 volumes.
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 19:52

By coincidence I bought Chopin's nocturnes in a charity shop the other day. When I was about grade 4 or 5 I played a Chopin waltz or two, probably simplified.


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Posted 11 July 2019 - 18:36

I'll look out for the Seiber.

Funnily enough, I was listening to that Chopin Nocturne on Classic FM this afternoon. I think I have some Chopin in a bundle of old sheet music I got via Freecycle a couple of years ago, so I'll check it out.

Thank you both very much for the suggestions.


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Posted 11 July 2019 - 19:18

This is an easy waltz attributed to Chopin. Not usually in the main Chopin waltz books....http://imslp.eu/file...2_11_filter.pdf


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 07:25

Couple of suggestions, at different levels -  

Firstly Piano Time Dance (OUP) covers a wide range - gavottes, waltzes, foxtrot, tango, samba etc. Maybe on the easy side for you, roughly grade 2-3, but could also be useful sight-reading practice?

And then a superb collection that i bought recently is entirely devoted to Waltzes - 48 of them, going chronologically from Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, 4 of Chopin's, Brahms, Grieg, Debussy,Scott Joplin, Ligeti and many more. Quite a few would be doable at your current level, and also loads of great music to work towards. The book is called Walzer, Schott Piano Classics (ED9047)


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:13

I would have thought Piano time dance was more grade 1 to 2. I'm sure one was set for grade 1 abrsm in the 2017 to 18 syllabus and I thought it was on the easy side . I like the sound of the waltz book. Might invest! I'm going to have to stop myself from buying too much music this summer as there have been so many great suggestions on here recently!
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:04

On the blurb at the back, it says 'around Grade 2 standard'. A few are easier, but many are quite tricky, especially rhythmically, eg Disco baroque,The Trot of Mr Fox etc. which are bordering Grade 3.  Anyway, my students enjoy them, as they can learn them quickly, and there is a wide variety of composers and styles. Also a couple of attractive duets at the end.

I would say the Walzer book is a great investment - all original piano, no arrangements.


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:25

Meine Strauss Walzer - 7 famous Strauss Waltzes for piano duet. Published by Schott. ED 1534. Contains Danube, Tales, Wine, Roses, Spring, Treasure, Morning Papers. Brilliant duets, every one a winner, full of lovely tunes, about grade 5-6 but depends how fast you play them.


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:46

I like Manfred Schmitz's book of tangos: 'Mini-Tango' (Breitkopf & Hartel)

There are a handful of duets, but about 20 for solo. They start easy and get harder. None is longer that two pages.


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#11 Saxwarbler

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 15:22

Some great ideas, folks. Again, thank you all very much. I've written them down and will have a look at them.

I actually don't mind stuff at grade 2-ish. Always best to start out easy and I frequently go back to some grade 1-2 pieces as a warm up or for some simple sight reading.biggrin.png


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 20:12

Carl Nielsen wrote an attractive little waltz, "En  lille langsom Vals", about grade 3-4 I guess. It's in his Humorous Bagatelles op.11, available free from IMSLP. The  other five pieces are fun, too.


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