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

Getting to Grade Three NEW MIX

Getting to Grade Three New Mix

Getting to Grade Three New Mix

The newest member of the Getting to…series is: Getting to Grade Three NEW MIX

The New Mix books are a collection of compositions and arrangements that explore some of the genres and styles that emerged in the 20th Century, and also includes arrangements of classic pieces from the past 300 years that have become part of popular culture.

Ideal for 21st Century piano students they contain ‘Net Generation’ new classics written for film, television, musical theatre, radio and MTV.

Getting to Grade Three New Mix would be ideal easy win/learn one piece a week pieces for 40 Piece Challenge piano students who are studying at a grade 4 or 5 level.

Could you imagine a more fabulous collection of 27 pieces?

Getting to Grade Three New Mix: Contents

Juggler 7 from Gaukler by Luis Zett

Juggler 7 from Gaukler by Luis Zett

Let the Good Times Roll by James Bastien

Let the Good Times Roll by James Bastien

Small Talk by John Kember

Small Talk by John Kember

Theme from Symphony No. 40 by Mozart. Arr by Nancy and Randall Faber

Theme from Symphony No. 40 by Mozart. Arr by Nancy and Randall Faber

The Sad Dancer No. 4 from Six Wayside Sketches by Edgar Moy

The Sad Dancer
No. 4 from Six Wayside Sketches by Edgar Moy

Funky Chicken from In a Jazz Groove by Arletta O'Hearn

Funky Chicken from In a Jazz Groove by Arletta O’Hearn

The Secrets of My Heart by Elissa Milne

The Secrets of My Heart by Elissa Milne

Mamma Mia by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus. Arr by Elissa Milne

Mamma Mia by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus. Arr by Elissa Milne

The Elfin Harp from Forest Fantasies by Walter Carroll

The Elfin Harp from Forest Fantasies by Walter Carroll

St Thomas by Sonny Rollins. Arr by Elissa Milne

St Thomas by Sonny Rollins. Arr by Elissa Milne

Midnight Snack by Sonny Chua

Midnight Snack by Sonny Chua

Sea Chant by Peter Sculthorpe

Sea Chant by Peter Sculthorpe

Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's by Henry Mancini. Arr Elissa Milne

Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Henry Mancini. Arr Elissa Milne

Promise! by Roderick Skeaping

Promise! by Roderick Skeaping

Finale from Carnival of the Animals by Camilee Saint-Saens. Arr by Hans Gunter Heumann

Finale from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens. Arr by Hans Gunter Heumann

Fascinating Rhythm by George and Ira Gershwin. Arr by Stephen Duro

Fascinating Rhythm by George and Ira Gershwin. Arr by Stephen Duro

Soldiers in the Distance by Arthur Benjamin

Soldiers in the Distance by Arthur Benjamin

See You Later Alligator by Robert Charles Guidry. Arr by Elissa Milne

See You Later Alligator by Robert Charles Guidry. Arr by Elissa Milne

Waltzing with Dinosaurs by Elissa Milne

Waltzing with Dinosaurs by Elissa Milne

Trepak from Russian Festival Dance by Mark Nevin

Trepak from Russian Festival Dance by Mark Nevin

You and Me No 16 from Rhythm & Rag by Alan Houghton

You and Me No 16 from Rhythm & Rag by Alan Houghton

She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel. Arr by Elissa Milne

She’s Always a Woman by Billy Joel. Arr by Elissa Milne

Petite Reverie: A Little Daydream by Alexandre Tansman

Petite Reverie: A Little Daydream by Alexandre Tansman

Sunny Side Up from Microstyles Collection by Christopher Norton

Sunny Side Up from Microstyles Collection by Christopher Norton

Get Smart by Irving Szathmary. Arr by Elissa Milne

Get Smart by Irving Szathmary. Arr by Elissa Milne

Tango 1 from Easy Dances 1 by Maytas Seiber

Tango 1 from Easy Dances 1 by Maytas Seiber

Clocks (Coldplay) by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin. Arr by Elissa Milne

Clocks (Coldplay) by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin. Arr by Elissa Milne

Preparing for your exam

Preparing for your exam

Don’t forget about the Preparing for your exam section, which contains all the technical work required for your Grade Three level exams.

Getting to Grade Three New Mix is available from all Australian and New Zealand retail music stores!