Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, commonly known as the Christmas Concerto has become a celebrated masterpiece.

Get Christmas Concerto (Corelli) |Pastorale ad libitum for Easy Piano Solo

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It was commissioned by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and published in 1714. The concerto includes the inscription:

Fatto per la notte di Natale which means “Made for the Night of Christmas”

The actual composition date is unknown, but there is a record of Corelli offereing a public performance of his work in 1690 for the enjoyment of his new patron.

This work consists of six movements, was written for a string ensemble and continuo.

  1. Vivace
  2. Allegro
  3. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
  4. Vivace
  5. Allegro
  6. Largo. Pastorale ad libitum

This sheet music linked to is this post is for the celebrated final movement – a peaceful movement, written in pastoral form.

Get Christmas Concerto (Corelli) |Pastorale ad libitum for Easy Piano Solo

About the Composer
Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist, composer and teacher from the Baroque era. His music was key in the development ofsonata and concerto forms, in establishing the violin as a predominant musical instrument (it was a new instrument at the time), and for his contribution to tonality and functional harmony.

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Émile Waldteufel, born on December 9, 1837 was a French pianist, conductor and composer. He is known for Skaters’ Waltz and Dolores.

This arrangement of Dolores is for level 4 piano solo. It gives students an excellent opportunity to work at musical expression, while not being over technical.

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Get Dolores Waltz (Waldteufel) | Sheet Music for Piano Solo

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Are you beginning to think about music for your upcoming Christmas recital? This wonderful piano piano by composer Italian-born organist and composer Pieto Yon will make a welcomed edition to the recital. The sheet music is available in PDF format and there’s an audio button on the site to listen to it to see if you like it and for practice purposes.

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Lyrics
When blossoms flowered ‘mid the snows Upon a winter night
Was born the Child the Christmas Rose, The King of Love and Light
The angels sang, the shepherds sang, The grateful earth rejoiced
And at His blessed birth the stars Their exultation voiced.

O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Again the heart with rapture glows To greet the holy night
That gave the world its Christmas Rose, Its king of Love and Light
Let ev’ry voice acclaim His name, The grateful chorus swell
From paradise to earth He came That we with Him might dwell

O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

The Carnival of Venice became popular as a virtuoso trumpet solo, but makes a wonderful piece for intermediate piano students. This arrangement is written in the key of C Major, and keeps the hands close to C position most of the time, providing for ease of performance.

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History
The Carnival of Venice melody is based on a popular German folk tune, “My hat, it has three corners.” In German it’s “Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken.” The trumpet solo, mentioned earlier, is written in theme and variation form, including plenty of opportunites to play fast scales, arpeggios,  and double and triple tounging. The Arban’s Conservatory Trumpet Method is the most celebrated solo, though cornet player Herbert L. Clark also wrote his own version. Chopin also jumped in with “Souvenir de Paganini”, and dedicated his version to the violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini.

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Interested in teaching your students a bit more than just the music? This digital print edition provides teachers with a two page easy/intermediate arrangement of Ode to Joy, and composer biography written for kids, and worksheets to help your students remember what they read.

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Contents
Ode to Joy for Intermediate Piano – 2 Pages
Hey Kid’s, Meet Ludwig van Beethoven | Composer Biography
Ludwig van Beethoven | Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application

About the Word Search
The word search worksheet is designed to help build reading skills. The search words are included on the About page of the packet, but not on the worksheet, so students are challenged to search for keywords in the biography. What define the life and work of Beethoven are the words to search out.

About the Meet the Composer Job Application
This worksheet asks students fill out a job application out for the composer. They should include every fact they can find in the composer biography.

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Aria from Suite in D is one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most beautiful works. This arrangement for easy piano scales the difficulty down to a level that is approachable for second or third year piano students.

Free Sheet Music
Aria from Suite in D (Bach) for Easy Piano Solo

 

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Here’s a great resource for your young piano student. This free printable book includes 10 for Tchaikovsky’s most popular works. They’ve all been wonderfully arranged for easy through intermediate piano.

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Contents of the Edition
Biography for Kids
Trepak (The Nutcracker Ballet)
March Slav
Arabian Dance (The Nutcracker Ballet)
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker Ballet)
Chinese Dance (The Nutcracker Ballet)
March of the Nutcracker (The Nutcracker Ballet)
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1812 Overture
Romeo and Juliet Love Theme (Romeo and Juliet)

Read About Composer

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy. Some of these are among the most popular theatrical music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, which he bolstered with appearances as a guest conductor later in his career in Europe and the United States…. Read more on Wikipedia

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