New Year, New Books

There’s nothing like starting off the new year with a new book. So here’s a bunch we think you should check out at your local piano retailer.

Disney Adult Piano Adventures Book 2

We are ecstatic to see Book 2 of Disney Adult Piano Adventures come out so quickly after the release of Book 1. This book picks up where book 1 left off – starting off with a competent Grade One (AMEB) level arrangement of Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast. There are many more articulations and markings and the use of pedal is also introduced. Arrangements are almost all four pages long – making these fantastic showcase pieces. Arrangements up the back end head towards a confident Grade Three level, with a beautiful arrangement of Beauty and the Beast closing the book, filled with quick ornamental filler passages and lots of movement around the keyboard.

Yiruma – The Best (Easy Piano Edition)

This stunning white cover conceals a beautiful collection of full colour photographs the begin this fantastic collection of works by composer and pianist, Yiruma. After the the incredible surge in popularity of his work The River Flows in You thanks to the introduction of internet sharing platforms, Yiruma’s The Best topped Billboard charts for 23 weeks. Known for his ability to write approachable, playable and beautiful melodies, this collection has been arranged for Easy Piano – Any student from Grade 2 (AMEB) and upwards will be able to discover these gorgeous arrangements for themselves. Filed with arpeggios and phrases that fall easily under the fingertips, this is a must have for any teaching bookshelf.

Star Wars – The Piano Anthology

Just be being on your bookshelf – this anthology is a showpiece. A stunning hardback cover in a cardboard slip, this collection features 36 piano solo arrangements of John Williams’ mammoth Star Wars scores spanning nine films. Feel the force as you play through nearly 50 years of cinematic history.

Rachel Portman – Beyond The Screen

Over the last 40 years, Rachel Portman has composed over 100 scores for film, television and theatre. In 1996, she become the first woman to win an Academy Award in the category of Best Musical or Comedy Score in 1996 for Emma.

The arrangements inside this book are interspersed by beautiful images of Portman’s hand-written original scores. The engraving of these pieces is sharp and precise. The pieces, cater to later intermediate players with some compositions offer varying degrees of difficulty. A strong publication tailored for players in the process of refining their technique.

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