These imaginative and artistic solos, written to develop keyboards skills and musical awareness, are perfect for young students as well as adults. A diversity of sounds and styles will keep students motivated. These pieces are easy to learn, fun to practice, and exciting to perform. A few easy hand shifts occur, and there is light use of pedal. Titles include: First Toccatina, Valse française, March, and Slavic Dance.
In this playful solo, the composer takes you along for a bumpy ride on a witch’s clever broomstick. The music will evoke imagery of traveling to amazing places and encountering fascinating experiences.
An artistic study in delicate touch, this lovely lullaby teaches RH and LH balance, especially when the LH has the melody in the contrasting minor section. Students with smaller hands will have no trouble playing this piece, where reaches in the LH do not exceed an interval over a sixth.
Solo Souvenirs provides imaginative and challenging piano solos that help to develop pianistic and musical awareness. These pieces for students of all ages are easy to learn, fun to practice, and exciting to perform.
Students will benefit greatly from the wide variety of articulated patterns found in this early intermediate level piano solo. They will be motivated to master this piece which incorporates impressive sounding staccato passages in the A section, offset by the legato patterns found in the B section. Students will experience quick changes in the B section's dynamic levels that not only sound impressive, but also offer valuable practice in dynamic control.
Delightfully jaunty, this happy tune (in A minor) will make you want to take a Mediterranean vacation yourself! Easy to play yet has virtuosic passages featuring skillful interplay between secondo and primo using first and second inversion triads. Great performance piece with a fast tempo.
David Karp’s Let’s Go Solo! collections provide interesting and imaginative piano solos which help develop pianistic skill and musical awareness. Book 2 contains plenty of rhythmic bounce; Winter Rag, Autumn Rag, Peasant Dance, and Cool Beat Blues, set against some more lyrical selections; January Song, May Afternoon, Swan on a Lake and several others, some with unusual time signatures, all written in Karp’s unique style.
Let's Go Solo! provides interesting and imaginative piano solos which help develop pianistic skill and musical awareness. From the chugging along of Mysterious Train Ride and the energetic pulse of El Burro to the expressive and gentle melodies of Butterflies, Lupines and Dusk, teachers will find a wide range of moods and sounds to keep students motivated and challenged.
From the strumming quality of Spanish Guitars to the energetic sounds of Sunday Morning March, from the gentle and expressive melody of Morning Dew to the syncopated rhythms of Sneaky Sam, this collection provides music that is interesting and contrasting. Students of all ages will find these solos exciting and challenging as they delight in practicing and performing them.
David Karp explores a diversity of styles in this new collection of imaginative and challenging pieces for the early intermediate student. From the somber mood of Sad Day and the expressive quality of Daydreams, to the energetic sounds of Happy Day and the Spanish melody of Fiesta, teachers will find much to keep students interested and motivated. Nine pieces in all. Fun to practice, easy to learn, and exciting to perform!
David Karp composes a reflective piece with an easy left hand accompaniment. A poignant melody in D minor sets the mood. This piece is wonderful for pianists who wish to practice sight-reading skills and add to their at-home library.
Flowing triplets in the left hand support a lyrical right hand melody in this beautiful piece for the intermediate level student. The triplet accompaniment is easy to coordinate with the melody and produces a shimmering ending in true arabesque style.
An expressive piece written in the key of A minor and in 3/4 time that can be learned quickly, and is very enjoyable to perform. The lyrical melody in the A section is followed by a secondary melody in the B section that creates a pleasing balance before the A section returns. Ballade is a very good choice as an additional recital piece, especially for the older or adult student.
A cool jazz piece in 5/4 time that really swings! This piece will be appealing for teens as well as adult students. The syncopations and articulations lie easily in the hands and will definitely become a favorite for students!
Drawn together with clever and colorful writing, the second movement of this intermediate-level duet for four hands nests a lyrical and quiet moment, amongst the quick and vivacious tempos of the outer movements. Sequential writing makes these pieces easy to learn and memorize.
A summer cottage on a lake is the idyllic setting for this coloristic, lyrical solo. The piece begins with a beautiful left-hand melody accompanied by impressionistic right-hand chords. Teenagers as well as adults will enjoy playing this lovely tone poem.
This dynamic duet in F minor is very entertaining and quite fun to play! Students must have good rhythmic skills due to the Latin syncopations and sharp listening skills for precise ensemble playing but the work is well worth it. Ocho Pasos is a stunning recital/performance choice.
Composed for the Phoenix Music Teachers Association, 54th Annual Piano Ensemble, Phoenix Blues is a "cool" duet for one piano, four hands. Students get to snap their fingers and play blues-style bass lines and syncopated rhythms in a relaxed swing style.
As delicate and tender as a spring flower, this lush piece has a gorgeous melody above flowing arpeggio patterns spanning two octaves in the L.H. Patterned and easy to pedal, it starts in G major, modulates to G minor, then back to G major. It’s a good piece to teach rubato and expressive playing.
This lyrical solo is excellent for lessons and provides practice in playing legato sixths in the right hand melodic line. Written for the intermediate level pianist and in 3/4 time, this piece would be especially suitable for the teenage or adult student in the studio.
Ballad in D Major starts with short phrases using scale passages and harmonic intervals of a sixth as melodic components. Shorter note values appear in the middle section building to a chordal texture at the end. The next ballad in G minor, marked “andante espressivo” employs extended L.H. arpeggios and some cross rhythms (2 vs 3). Ballad in F Major has frequent changes in register for the L.H. and the pulse varies from duplets to triplets in the accompaniment. Students will enjoy playing the beautiful melodies in these ballads that call for rubato and use of pedal.
Patterned, easy-to-learn piece allows your students to explore the fresh harmonies and left hand melodies of this wonderful toccatina. A splendid, classical composition, which offers contrasting dynamics and a good opportunity for expressive playing.
The moving melody of this ensemble piano piece sings a melancholy song in the secondo, with sustained, four-measure phrasing. The theme is lightly answered with dancing eighth notes in the primo, which add depth of expression. A countermelody is introduced in time for primo to take over the theme. Consider this waltz as a wonderful invitation to experience the sweep of 3/4 meter, and its dramatic effects.
David Karp's peppy one piano four hand ensemble piece, Joyous Holiday, takes off in cut time, with an upbeat, lightly-syncopated tune (Primo), set against a steady, staccato, broken-chord march (Secondo). Some adventurous, bluesy travels add some fun splashes of color, but never stray too far for too long! Eighth-note scale runs in both hands have a "run-and-jump" feel–the melody only returning, as usual, on the off beat. Performers and listeners alike will find this one a joy!
These imaginative Late Intermediate level solos are for students of all ages, and help develop pianistic skill with musical awareness. From the impressionistic sounds of Springtime Morning, Sailboats, to the syncopated rhythms in Saturday Night Stroll, to the lyrical overtones of Sam's Song, students will be motivated and challenged with the diversity of mood and sound.
Rhythmic and witty from the start, Maine Mambo is as fun to listen to as it is to play. Modal in flavor, this ensemble piece contains easy syncopation, parallel chord movements, and other challenges for the late intermediate (and up) student. A terrific and thoroughly memorable recital piece, or festival selection.
From the familiar two-bar introduction, through its rhythmic accompaniment patterns, this piece is all polka! It was created for the Plymouth State University Piano Monster Camp, making it a perfect one-piano four-hand festival selection. Both performers will enjoy the melodic interplay between the two parts.
Labeled "Rhythmic and suspenseful," and written for the Emporia Area Piano Teachers of Emporia, Kansas, this duet will undoubtedly be a unique and challenging experience for any late intermediate/early advanced pianist. Both parts contain an equal amount of technical and musical demands, utilizing several eighth and sixteenth note passages, accidentals, and chromaticism.
Solo-ettes consists of ten imaginative and challenging piano solos. These pieces develop musical and pianistic skill, and are appropriate for young intermediate students as well as adults. This collection will be a great asset in providing recital material that is fun to practice and impressive to perform.
The D major lyrical melody in the opening section is contrasted nicely with a chordal middle section in the key of B-flat. The 2 vs 3, double thirds, and extended L.H. arpeggios require the skills of a late intermediate pianist. The andante con moto tempo makes it great preparatory literature for the Chopin nocturnes.
An exciting duet with just a taste of the atonal, Old Man of the Mountain spans keyboard peaks with repeating scales, arpeggios, parallel chords, octaves and tremelos. Trek through ever-changing rhythmic passages and clusters that echo and fade in the finale. A perfect festival piece!
This exciting early advanced piece includes rhythmic drive, toccata-style repetition of notes, and a lovely lyrical section. Using a great range of the keyboard, this piece features sections with contrasting romantic and contemporary styles. Tell your students to listen carefully for the surprise ending.