As we considered republishing and updating the industry standard My Favorite Classics series, it was clear that while we knew that each edition
would need a fresh, but familiar look, we also realized that we needed to
preserve the original integrity of each book, including the author's deliberate
selection of pieces, and thoughtful editing and fingerings. After all, classics are classics for good
reason. We think you'll agree that the
newly updated 21st Century version of My Favorite Classics will remain the go-to industry standard for
many more generations to come.
Level One, the first book in the series is an extensive collection
of 72 of the world's most favorite and most loved easy piano classics, written by
composers spanning the important classical music periods from the early Baroque
to the Twentieth Century. Each piece is
presented as originally written by the composer, without alteration, and arranged
within the book in approximate order of difficulty from grade 1 to grade 3 in
the piano grading system.
My Favorite Classics exposes the early piano student to one of the
widest variety of pieces and composers available in print today, both familiar
and not so familiar. From Bach to Bartók, Mozart to MacDowell, Schumann to Stravinsky,
and Purcell to Prokofiev, the selections within not only serve to develop the
skills necessary to play a wide variety of musical styles, but also serve as a
valuable music education enabling the student to become familiar with specific
sounds and pieces attributable to each composer and each of the major music
Byrd: A Gigg - Chambonnieres: Sarabande ("Jeunes Zéphirs") - Couperin: Canaries Buxtehude: Sarabande (From, Suite on the Chorale, "Auf meinen lieben Gott") Krieger: Minuet in G – Corelli: Sarabande – Purcell: A Ground in Gamut, Old Dance Tune, Prelude – Rameau: Le Tambourin, Minuet for Clavichord – J.S. Bach: Little Prelude in C, March (From the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach), Minuet (From the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach), Minuet in G, Musette (From the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach) – Handel: Courante in F Major, Gavotte, Minuet in F, Sarabande – C.P.E. Bach: Minuet in Eb - L. Mozart: Minuet in C – Haydn: Allegro (From “Sonata in G”), Arietta, Easy Divertimento – Clementi: Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1), Sonatina in G (Op. 36, No. 2) – W.A. Mozart: Andante, Minuet in F (K.5), Minuet No. 1, Presto – Duxxek: Polonaise Beethoven: Merry and Sad, Romanze, Russian Folk Song, Six Variations on a Swiss Air, Sonatina in G – Diabelli: Siciliano – Czerny: The Fair Beyer: Mountain Song – Burgmuller: Arabesque, Ballade – Schumann: Melody (Op. 68, No. 1), Soldier’s March, The Happy Farmer (Op. 68, No. 10), The Wild Horseman Berens: The Music Box (Op. 50, No. 17), Baumfelder: Melody MacDowell: A Deserted Farm (Op. 51, No. 8), To a Wild Rose Gretchaninoff: Mama, Swing Song – Rebikoff: The Organ Grinder – Stravinsky: Larghetto (From, “Seven Pieces on Five Notes”), Walking Song (From, “Seven Pieces on Five Notes”) – Bartok: Folk Song, Humming Along, Peasant Song, The Lost Doll, Vagabond’s Song – Prokoviev: March (Op. 65, No. 10), Moonlight Meadows (Op. 65, No. 12), Parade of the Grasshoppers (Op. 65, No. 7), Promenade (Op. 65, No. 2) - Khachaturian: Loneliness – Kabalevsky: A Game, A Little Song (Op. 27, No. 1), Sonatina, The Clown, Toccatina (Op. 27, No. 7), Shostakovich: Fairy Tale (From, “Six Children’s Pieces”), March (From, “Six Children’s Pieces”).