Published Compositions

Ever since I started to learn to play the piano I’ve loved to improvise and compose. I currently self-publish at Sheet Music Direct as well as SheetMusicPlus

Parade of the Waddling Geese  (early intermediate)  It’s a waddle, deliberate, with somewhere to go, happily, kind of like a toddler on a mission, but not toddling. Waddling. Straight forward, to be played with good humor, and a smile. Level 2-3

Arabesque in G minor  (intermediate)  Light, gently swaying, twirling around itself, ever so slightly melancholic. Of the performer it requires the ability to play a quick written-out quintuplet turn in the right hand which occurs numerous times throughout the piece but is the same every time. Left hand arpeggiated 3-note chords in wide position require a flexible wrist. The performer needs a delicate but not wimpy touch and a mature feel for subtle shading. Level 6-7

Waltzes for a Cat, a Gnu, a Fairy, a Donkey, and a Pink Elephant (earliest beginner)  A waltz for young beginners, best taught by rote, arranged five different ways with duet parts.

Concertino in A minor (mid-intermediate, Level 5-6):  Allegro . Lullaby . Tarantellina

Etudes for Solo Piano

Etude No. 1 (late elementary) broken thirds and three-note gestures.  Very adaptable to different levels: no tempo or dynamic markings which does not mean that tempo and dynamics are not important. Rather, it is intentionally left up to the teacher to determine the appropriate tempo for each student and to explore dynamics along with the student. Anything between a graceful 72 per quarter note and a vivacious 144 will sound reasonable. Level 3-5

Etude No. 2 (early intermediate) The purpose of this short early intermediate etude is to work on a healthy technique for using the fourth finger. There is no need to “strengthen” the fourth finger, or subject the student to so-called “isolation” exercises, but it is necessary to understand how a healthy technique is needed to play effortlessly and effectively. Students who struggle with fourth finger issues usually do so because they attempt to pull the key down, and their wrist is too low. The fourth finger then tends to bend in the last joint, and there is much unnecessary tension inside the hand and in the wrist, resulting in discomfort and uneven tone. No amount of finger exercises will improve fourth finger issues unless they are practiced with a healthy technique. Because of the frequent use of patterns, this etude can easily be taught by rote which allows for the focus to be on technique which is to be understood as the study of motion. Level 3-5

Etude No. 3 (intermediate) Prestissimo.  The purpose of this three-page intermediate etude is to show off how fast you can play. The student needs to be familiar and comfortable with moving freely and at times quickly around the keyboard, and be familiar with playing broken chords in D minor (and its relations) and F# minor. Other than speed, there is not much going on in this etude, so a student with a sense for flair and drama will be better suited to avoid making it sound too mechanical. Level 5-6

Etude No. 4  ~  Scales & Arpeggios Trilogy (late elementary / early intermediate)  Three short movements to explore traditional scales and arpeggios in the keys of G major and E minor. Very few accidentals. Basic rhythms: quarter and eighth notes in 4/4 and cut time, eighth notes and dotted quarter in 6/8 time. No dynamics which does not mean that dynamics are not important but rather that it is left to the teacher’s and student’s creativity. The reading level is Late Elementary but the tempo may require an Early Intermediate student. Level 2-3

Three Pieces for Piano  (intermediate – early advanced): 

I. Piacevole (intermediate)  Pleasing, pleasant, smiling, playful, scampering along without much sense of urgency. Doesn’t require advanced technical or reading skills other than being familiar with reading and playing in the key of A flat. It does require the ability to play very evenly though – nothing bumpy in this piece!  Level 6.

II. Agitato  (early advanced)  Like a wildly spinning top that only twice comes to an abrupt stop, the A section pressing forward, unforgiving, the B section playful and light, this needs to be played “Allegrissimo” which is very fast but with a different character than Presto. It requires a well-developed technique that can handle RH passage work with ease.  Level 8, due to the very fast tempo.

III. Fantasia  (early advanced)  Starts very sweet and gentle, softly like a Nocturne – though without the lilting character – but quickly changes character, several times, before developing into a fff coda-like ending which after just a few measures disappears into nothingness. Key changes and chromatic writing as well as unexpected harmonic shifts make this piece potentially not easy to read. However, rhythmically it is uncomplicated, and technically, everything fits the hands very well. What this piece requires is a well-developed sense of flair and an intuitive ability to create drama and suspense, both with touch and timing.  Level 8. 

IV. Fugace  (late intermediate)  Note-wise identical to the first piece, Piacevole, but played much faster, in a fleeting manner, flying away. Needs an extremely light touch. Level 7, due to tempo and the need for subtle shading.

Allegro in G  (intermediate)  Uncomplicated and cheerful in Classical style. 
Predictable harmonies, LH Alberti Bass, RH scale passages. 
The reading level – both notes and rhythm – is Early Intermediate, but the tempo may require an Intermediate pianist who can handle the quick Alberti Bass pattern and RH scale passages with ease. Level 5-6.

Bourree in D minor for Piano Duet  (intermediate) This is an arrangement for Piano Duet of the first movement of the Concertino in A minor. 

Sentimental Waltz for Piano  (late intermediate – early advanced)  Romantic piano solo; showy recital piece. This waltz follows the tradition of the 19th century German Salonstueck (parlor piece): entertaining, showy, and a bit over the top. The waltz is romantic at its heart, lyrical, and at times passionate. It is a fun addition to the repertoire of a student who has some experience with Grieg Lyrical Pieces or easy Chopin Waltzes. Level 8

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