Anthony Gilbert's impressive set of People Pieces contains an accessible, fun and stimulating array of 10 pieces in different characters designed for beginner and intermediate piano students. The volume has been written in consultation with the pianist and teacher Kate Dixon who has edited the book.
With numbers like Peaceful Person and Tired Teacher for absolute beginners, to Bluesy Busker, Cockney Character and Fitness Fanatic that work towards the ABRSM Grade 5 level, the book is a hit with toddlers and teenagers alike. People Pieces makes an ideal accompaniment or alternative to grade exam pieces, and covers a range of techniques and musical styles that is sure to keep any student enthusiastic.
Cover design by Anna Aslanova, 11, winner of the design competition, September 2005. Images depicting particular 'people' by runners-up Jayana and Nisha Patel, 12, appear on pages 10 and 13.
Contents (in approximate order of difficulty):
- Peaceful Person (approx. ABRSM Grade 1)
- Tired Teacher
- Cool Customer
- Parental Pressure?
- Bluesy Busker
- Cockney Character
- Bouncy Ballerina
- Boozy Barfly
- Fitness Fanatic (approx. ABRSM Grade 5)
- Troubled Type
- Cool Customer (alternative approach)
- Cockney Character (alternative approach)
- Troubled Type (alternative approach)
- Bluesy Busker (alternative approach)