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Piano Postcards

by Carla K. Bartlett

Level:Early Intermediate to Intermediate
Instrument:Solo Piano
Genre:Character Pieces
Format:Softcover book with CD
Price:$15.95

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Piano Postcards

Introduction

First in the series of "musical correspondence," Piano Postcards are miniatures, with the theme of communicating through music. In each piece you will find the best of compositional devices, engaging melody and fresh harmonic twists. Introductions tell a story easy to imagine and identify with, and postscripts.


Dear Little Brother Level: Early Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Light Classical/Children's piano piece

A gentle, lilting melody evocative of a new college student's missing her little brother now that she is away from home.

Technical highlights:
  • Rising and falling parallel sixths in the right hand melody
  • Pedal point with tried quarter notes in the left hand accompaniment

Mon Amie, Chopin Level: Late Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Light Classical

An introduction to several prominent features of Romantic piano style

Technical highlights:
  • Rubato
  • Simple chromatic modulation back to the tonic
  • Optional right hand trills

Dear Rock Star Level: Early Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Popular

A slow rock ballad in ABCBA form with shifts between Aeolian mode and D minor.

Technical highlights:
  • Repetitive melodic motifs
  • Modal harmonies

Dear Mr. or Mrs. Chopsticks Level: Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Light Classical

a variation on the famous "Chopsticks" theme.

Technical highlights:
  • Diatonic and chromatic scale passages in the right hand
  • Syncopated accompaniment figures in the left hand
  • "B" section in minor with melody in the left hand

Dear Niece Level: Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Light Classical/Children's piano music

Shifts between major and minor provide coloration for this blend of emotions: An aunt's sorrow for the Little Matchstick Girl's plight and gratitude for her niece who is safe in a loving home. Inspiration drawn from the Hans Christian Anderson story.

Technical highlights:
  • Imitation between hands
  • "B" section with melody in the left hand

Dear Grandpa Claude Level: Early Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Light Classical/Children's piano music

Melodic and harmonic material suggestive of impressionistic art colors. Inspiration drawn from Claude Monet's garden at Giverny, France.

Technical highlights:
  • Simple rhythmic figures
  • "B" section with melody in the left hand, ties in the right hand accompaniment

Dear Freak Level: Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Film score/Fantasy

Angular melodies underlined with harmonies moving by half-steps create an eerie setting with which to imagine a Tim Burton-type film scene. Inspiration drawn from the film and storyline of Edward Scissorhands.

Technical highlights:
  • A section uses parallel broken seventh chords in the left hand accompaniment
  • B section is faster quirky waltz in 3/4 time

Dear Best Friend Level: Early Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Light Classical

A little piece with two moods: the first of despair over missing a best friend, the second full of happy memories of shared times together and hopefulness for the friend's return.

Technical highlights:
  • Shifting time signatures
  • A section in minor; B section and ending in major

Dear NASA Level: Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Programmatic/Fantasy

Opening presents a bold, dynamic theme, transitioning to a softer B section using heavy sustain pedal to create colliding harmonies, imitating the weightlessness of a space station. Opening melodic trope fits with, "When I grow up, I will be an astronaut!"

Technical highlights:
  • A section left hand Alberti bass style accompaniment
  • B section sostenuto pedaling
  • Use of wide keyboard range
  • Wide dynamic range

Please, Uncle Sam Level: Early Intermediate
Instrument: Solo Piano with chord symbols
Genre: Light Classical

Plaintive melody with a repeated three-note rhythmic figure representing the plea, "Bring him home." Inspired by news stories about young soldiers leaving home to fight the Iraq war.

Technical highlights:
  • Parallel sixths in the right hand melody
  • Ostinato accompaniment in the left hand
  • Melody taken over by the left hand in the return of the A section

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