Yankee Doodle

Title of Piece: Yankee Doodle

Description: Yankee Doodle went to town, A-riding on a pony. Stuck a feather in his cap, And called it macaroni! A riotously catchy British-American song ... beware the triple stops!

Level: Level 3

Topics: 

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Andante Cantabile - Symphony No. 5 - Tchaikovsky

Title of Piece: Andante Cantabile - Symphony No. 5 - Tchaikovsky

Description: The second movement of Symphony No.5 is a beautiful example of Tchaikovsky's music – colourful, expressive, beautifully orchestrated and melodically memorable!

Level: Level 3

Topics: Rhythmic complexity, Portato

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Theme from Swan Lake

Title of Piece: Theme from Swan Lake

Description: The sublime, sweeping main theme from Tchaikovsky’s much loved ballet, telling the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse!

Level: Level 3

Topics: Tenuto, A Minor

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Creepy Chromatics

Title of Piece: Creepy Chromatics

Description: Creepy Chromatics is based around the chromatic scale – the one that moves up and down in semitones. Use dramatic dynamics to maximise the creepiness!

Level: Level 3

Topics: Full chromatic scale

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Whirligig

Title of Piece: Whirligig

Description: Whirligig ... full of swirling scales and spinning chromaticism, it’s a whirly whirly fun piece!! It’s also pretty tricky for the left hand, but try to make it sing, dance and lilt!

Level: Level 3

Topics: Chromatics - harder chromatic stuff

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Habanera from Carmen

Title of Piece: Habanera from Carmen

Description: This famous arias from Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen features a seductively chromatic melody over the iconic ‘dum … de dum dum’ Habanera rhythm!

Level: Level 3

Topics: Full chromatic scale, variety of rhythms

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Scarborough Fair

Title of Piece: Scarborough Fair

Description: “Scarborough Fair” is a traditional English ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. We've written it out in four different keys for you to practise!

Level: Level 3

Topics: Transpositions - D Minor, E Minor, F# Minor, G Minor

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Barcarolle - Offenbach

Title of Piece: Barcarolle - Offenbach

Description: Here’s the famous ‘Barcarolle’ by Jacques Offenbach, a style of music that's traditionally sung as folk music by Venetian gondoliers.

Level: Level 3

Topics: Lilt, grace notes, soft accents

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In the Hall of the Mountain King

Title of Piece: In the Hall of the Mountain King

Description: This iconic piece of music is a soundtrack for trolls, gnomes and goblins! From the spiky beginning to the final explosive fortissimo, there is drama in every note!

Level: Level 3

Topics: Staccato, Chromatic Movement

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March in C

Title of Piece: March in C

Description: ViolinSchool’s March in C is a triumphal tune that’s great for practising dotted rhythms, hooked bowing, strong articulation, and big bold bow strokes.

Level: Level 3

Topics: Half position

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Schubert - Rosamunde

Title of Piece: Schubert - Rosamunde

Description: Franz Schubert originally wrote this theme to accompany a play called 'Rosamunde'. It's now more famous as the second movement of his 13th String Quartet!

Level: Level 3

Topics: Portato, Syncopation

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The Young Prince and Princess

Title of Piece: The Young Prince and Princess

Description: Here’s the gorgeous, tender melody from the 3rd movement of Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, his epic symphonic suite based on One Thousand and One Nights.

Level: Level 3

Topics: Lyrical, passagework

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