It’s always exciting when the new ABRSM syllabus lands. Try these new additions which are different, enticing and fun to play.
This book is full of famous songs ranging from reggae to jazz. The flute part keeps the melodies simple and there are performance directions for each one. The downloadable backing tracks are put together well and use different instruments to reflect the style of each piece. Anyone can play these pieces and if you want something a little different this is definitely for you. Set for Grade 2. Difficulty Guide: 2-7
This a delightful collection of vintage pieces by Franz Doppler. The Berceuse Op 15 – which is set for Grade 8 – has a lovely yearning melody soaring over a simple accompaniment, the Mazurka is full of rhythmic character and the Nocturne expands into a more virtuoso display of notes. All three are great to play – Doppler at his best! Set for Grade 8. Difficulty Guide: 8-9
These sonatas are utterly delightful. Each one is brim full of charm and youthful exuberance and you will be cheered each time you play them. Feel-good music of the highest order. Set for Grade 6. Difficulty Guide: 6-8
This collection of tangos is comprehensive, and all the famous ones are here alongside other treasures. Ausencias with its beautiful melody and Street Tango which has a fiery opening, a luscious central section before ending in fireworks are just two examples. If you love Piazzolla this volume is definitely for you. Set for Grade 5. Difficulty Guide: 5-7
This a superb piece! A beautiful opening melody becomes freely embellished and the skill is to translate the complexity of the rhythms into the improvisational Andy Scott style. This gem of a piece really weaves its magic. Set for Grade 7. Difficulty Guide: 7