Spring is here! After several months of cold wintery weather it’s time to put our spring plans into action—cleaning, gardening, road trips and picnics—just to name a few. But with all of these outdoor activities is there still time to play the piano? Several newly published sheet solos are now available, which are perfect for condensed practice sessions.
Randall Hartsell has written two late elementary solos, both available from Hal Leonard. Midnight Owl takes you only where dreams can—watching an owl swing dance in the middle of the night. Accidentally on Purpose stays true to its title by throwing in a few accidentals to this cheerful, snappy piece in the key of F major.
FJH has come out with three new pieces for intermediate soloists. The first, Timothy Brown’s suite An American Sonatina,
evokes three scenes from America’s frontier: Roundup, Ghost Town Blues, and City Scenes. Covering a variety of musical styles, this American experience is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Kevin Olson’s Front Range for late intermediate soloists utilizes several musical concepts including pulsing sixteenth notes in the left hand and a 3/8 time signature to create a musical image of the Rock Mountains majesty and grandeur. Also by Olson is another late intermediate solo titled Northern Lights. Appropriately written as a toccata, this piece is artfully composed to represent the extraordinary beauty of the aurora borealis through modulating keys and multiple time signatures.
Lastly, G. Schirmer has just published a wonderful selection of short works by Edvard Grieg titled Selected Lyric Pieces. Edited by the internationally acclaimed educator and performer William Westney, this book and CD edition contains 18 favorites that have been selected for their quality, variety and pedagogical value. Westney offers insightful suggestions, pertinent fingering, and historical and stylistic commentary making this edition an invaluable source not only for students and teachers but professional pianists as well.