We have moved! Please send any submissions to Piano Explorer to our new address:
1838 Techny Court, Northbrook, Illinois 60062. Our email and phone numbers remain the same.

Composition Contest

Encourage your students to enter the annual composition contest. The theme this year is bugs. We will have two age divisions so even your youngest students can enter. Please note that we have moved and compositions should be mailed to our new address:

Piano Explorer Composition Contest
1838 Techny Court
Northbrook, IL 60062

Contest Deadline is: March 11, 2016 – we need to have the music by then and are not responsible for pieces that are lost or delayed in the mail.

Please check the complete contest rules in the January issue, p. 11 or here.

Note: Students must subscribe to Piano Explorer to enter the contest. If the subscription is in the teacher’s name, he or she must have as many subscription copies as students who have entered. Students must be 18 years or younger.


Recommended recordings:
Piano Concerto in G major, Krystian Zimerman, piano and Pierre Boulez conducting Cleveland Orchestra (Deutche Grammophon, 1999). The disc also includes Valses nobles et sentimentales and Piano Concerto For the Left Hand in D major.
Martha Argerich, “The Collecion1” (Deutsche Grammophon, 2008) includes: Jeux d’eux, Gphpard de la nuit, Sonatine, Valses nobles et sentimentales. Also on the disc are pieces by Bach, Prokofiev, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann.
Bolero, Menuet antique, Ma mere l’oye, rapsodie espagnole, La valse – Pierre Boulez conducting New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra (Sony, 2011)

Study guide for Bolero
Bolero is one of the most recognizable melodies of classical music. It is a great piece to study with a group of students in a theory class or a piano group class. Here are some questions teachers might use when discussing this work.

1. The piece opens with a repetitive snare drum rhythm. Does the rhythm stop after the introduction or does it remain underneath the orchestra for the duration of the piece?
2. What instrument first plays the main theme? Name as many instruments as you can that carry the famous melody throughout the piece.
3. Does the piece begin loud or soft? How do the dynamics change?
4. Describe what happens in the final moments of the music. What instruments are playing? What is the dynamic level? How does Ravel end the piece?

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2015-2016 Schedule of Composers

September: Vivaldi
October: Schubert
November: Dvorak
December: Mendelssohn
January: Ravel
February: Chopin
March: Saint-Saens
April: Telemann
May/June: Pachelbel
July/August: Sousa

Answers to January Puzzles
Word Search (page 13):

Quiz (page 15)
1. c 2. b 3. b 4. a 5. Beat is the steady pulse in muisc. The tempo is the speed of the music.6. d