Piano Music of Sonny Chua

0101340976Piano teachers across the USA are travelling to Chicago this week to attend the NCKP. As a special treat this year in the exhibitor hall there is an Australian Music Booth! If you are one of our US readers attending the NCKP, go along and check out  Australian composer, Sonny Chua’s music.

If you are not lucky enough to be in Chicago this week, here is a sneak peak inside Sonny Chua’s collection: Piano Music of Sonny Chua. This collection would be fabulous for 40 Piece Challenge students as it includes pieces at a range of levels, so some quick wins as well as some pieces to work towards.

SonnyChuaSonny Chua writes of his Piano Music Collection…

These miniatures were created to taunt, tickle and teach. I wrote these pieces to amuse myself, as much as for the student to perform, and for the audience to participate as our unsuspecting victims.

Even though these works are preceded by descriptive titles, I hope the music itself is just as evocative without its extra-musical references. I believe music is a unique language and can perhaps communicate more richly and mightily than words.

These pieces were great fun to write as they allowed me to explore many aspects of pianistic technique and timbre. It was also immensely enjoyable to dabble as a “sonic character actor” with a range of musical concepts and styles. I hope you will enjoy the craft and the bluff in this quirky collection of piano music.

Piano Music of Sonny Chua (order number 0101340976) is available through these great stores in Australia and available from all good stores in the US via Hal Leonard. The collection includes:

You Dirty Rat (from a Gangster Suite)

YouDirtyRat

 

 

 

 

 

Angel (intermezzo from Sonatina)

Angel

 

 

 

 

 

No. 3 (from Waltz it All About?)
No3

 

 

 

 

No. 12 (from Waltz it All About?)
No12

 

 

 

 

Hoonmobile (from Bogus Boogies)

Hoonmobile

 

 

 

 

 

Headache Crawl (from Bogus Bogies)
HeadacheCrawl

 

 

 

 

TV Zombie (from Bogus Boogies)
TVZombie

 

 

 

 

T-Rex Hungry (from a Day in the Life of T-Rex)
TRexHungry

 

 

 

 

Jamaican Fumble (from Red Hot Rhapsodies)
JamacianFumble

 

 

 

 

Theme & 12 Deviations
ThemeAndDeviations

Piano Puzzlers

We welcome Geelong piano teacher Helen O’Brien to our review team and thank her for this review.

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This book represents an unusual compilation of pieces originating from mash-ups presented for radio. The idea was to combine famous works in a well-disguised manner in order to discover the unique styles of composers. In other words, these pieces are best described as quasi-pastiches.

The works require a certain degree of musical familiarity with many styles and some of the songs referenced may or may not be well-known to Australian students. One of the best uses for this book— apart from the entertainment value, especially for adult students who may be more acquainted with some of the obscure choices— is to use it for composition study. Because of modern copyright laws, the age-old fashion for writing pastiches as part of the learning process —something done in both literary and musical fields— has been somewhat stifled. This book is about compositional exploration, that is, taking known ideas and synthesizing them into a completely new composition, hence the allusion to puzzles.

For anyone familiar with Arthur Wilson’s Beatlecracker Suite, this set of pieces could be best described as belonging to that genre of writing.

Certainly an interesting book but probably best kept for older students.

Item code is 42709 and it is now available from your favourite music retail store.

Mini Jazz by Manfred Schmitz

MiniJazz

Mini Jazz Book 1 – 50 Easy Pieces is ideal 40 Piece Challenge repertoire.

This collection features little pieces of jazz designed to introduce syncopations and melodic jazz inflections to piano students still in the early stages of learning.

Hello, Mister MINI, the first piece in the collection, is featured in the P Plate Piano series and Old Movie Man (number 34) is in Getting to Grade One. The final pieces are reaching a Grade 3 standard.

Schmitz introduces a range of jazz gestures in pieces small enough to not be overwhelming. And, with each piece being perfectly interesting, and (if a student hasn’t played much music with syncopation before) perfectly challenging in its own way, more advanced students (Gr 4 – 8) will gain much from learning these pieces too.

20130447 • From your favourite music store