Monday, April 23, 2012


This is just a sweet tune I have played every now and then over the years. It's by Zdenko Fibich (1850-1900), a guy I don't know anything about and whose other piano pieces I have never heard. I think I'm going to look into his other tunes, because this one is a little gem.

If you would like to learn it, please let me know. It's about Grade 6 standard, I would say.

Poem - Zdenko Fibich

Friday, April 20, 2012

AMEB Grade 3 List B - tunes from the Grade books

Here's a list of links to youtube videos of pieces on for List B. They're all taken from the AMEB Grade books.

AMEB Series 15
  • Tchaikovsky - Op.39 No.1 Priere de Matin
  • Goedicke - the Comedian
  • Gurlitt - Ghost Story

    AMEB Series 16
  • Gurlitt - At School
  • Reinecke - Op. 183 No. 2 - Adagio
  • Turk - Trumpets
  • Vanhal - Sonatina Op. 2 No. 5 Movement 2 Andante

    Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir - The Daughters of Catulle Mendes at the Piano
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    ANZCA Grade 5 Classical - Grieg's Poetic Tone Pictures

    Edvard Grieg might ring a bell for some of you, as Hall of the Mountain King has been known to have made an appearance at many a piano lesson. Here's some Poetic Tone Pictures you can do for Grade 5 - they're pretty flashy tunes, but with a lot of feeling. I really like them.

  • E. Grieg - Poetic Tone Picture Op. 3 No. 1
  • E. Grieg - Poetic Tone Picture Op. 3 No. 5
  • E. Grieg - Poetic Tone Picture Op. 3 No. 6

    Image: Edvard and Nina Grieg at the piano, from
  • ANZCA Grade 5 Classical - world of Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin is the kind of composer that you really can't avoid if you learn piano. But hey, that's a good thing, because he wrote some of the best piano music out there. Most of his music is for solo piano, and pieces like the Grade 5 ones below would have originally been played for fun in 'lounge rooms' throughout 19th century Europe, just like Chopin himself is doing in the picture. So carry on the tradition, and bring some Chopin into your lounge room!

  • F. Chopin - Mazurka Op. 7 No. 1
  • F. Chopin - Mazurka Op. Post. 68 No. 3
  • F. Chopin - Waltz in A minor (Op. Post.)

    Bonus piece written by Chopin (slightly harder than Grade 5)

    Image: Chopin Playing the Piano in Prince Radziwill's Salon, from