La Vie en Rose, which is French for ‘Life in pink’, is the signature song of French singer Édith Piaf. The song was written in 1945 and released as a single in 1947. It quickly became a hit in the United States when seven versions of the song reached the Billboard charts in 1950. The recordings included versions by Bing Crosby Dean Martin, and Louis Armstrong. In later years versions by Bette Midler, Donna Summer, and Lady Gaga would be recorded.
This arrangement of La Vie en Rose is perfect for the intermediate piano student. It offers an opportunity to teach students about stride piano (a jazz piano style in which the right hand plays the melody while the left hand alternates between a single note and a higher chord), and swing rhythms. There are also many opportunities to refine their musical expression skills, as it’s such a delicate piece.
Print the first page for your student and give it a try. If they like it, ask them to purchase the arrangement on MusicNotes.
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