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Grade Piano Exam Pieces 2019 « 2020 ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces ABRSM Grade 5 Selected from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus ABRSM Piano Exams Here are some key points to help you prepare for your Grade 5 exam. All requirements are valid from | January 2019 until 431 December 2020, More detailed information on the syllabus requirements and syllabus overlap details can be found online at wwwabrsm.org/piano. In the exam, the requirements can be taken in any arder, Pieces (330 marks) ‘This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM’s 2019 & 2020 Grade 5 Plano syllabus. Inthe exam, ‘you will need to play three pieces, one from each of the three syllabus lists (A, B and C). You can choose from the pieces in this book and/or the other pieces set for the grade: a full ist is on the opposite page. You will need to observe all a eapo (D.C. and dal segno (DS. indications but omic all other repeats (including first-time bars) unless they are very brief (i.e. of few bars) oruness the syllabus specifies otherwise. Scales and arpeggios (21 mars) Learning scales and arpeggios helps you to build strong echnical skills by developing reliable finger ‘movement hand positon, co-ordination and keyboard fluency tals helps you to develop your musical understanding through familiarity with keys and their related patterns. You can find a complete list of scales and arpeggios required for Grade 5 in the back of this book. tn the exam, they should be played from memory, without pedalling, You are free to start at any octave, provided the required ranges are covered. For all hands together’ requirements, your hands should be one octave apart. Sight-reading (21 maris) Learning to sight-read helps you to develop quick recognition of keys and tonality, rhythm and common patterns of beats. It also helps you to learn to keep going even when you make mistakes, and work music out for ourself- which makes learning new pieces quicker and easier. Inthe exam, you willbe asked to play a short piece of music that you have not previously seen, You will be given halfa minute in which to look through and, you wish, tryout al or any part ofthe test before you are asked to play ito the examiner for assessment. For the fll sight-reading parameters, please see the syllabus. Aural tests (18 marks) ‘Aural skills enable you to assess the sound and balance of your playing, keep in time and play with a sense of rhythm and pulse. These skills also help you to develop your sense of pitch, your musical memory and to spot any mistakes. Im the exam, the tests will be administered by the examiner from the piano, and you will be asked: ‘4 Tosing or play from memory a melody played twice by the examiner. b To sing six notes from score in free time. © (i) Toanswer questions about two features ofa piece played by the examiner. (i) To clap the rhythm of the notes in an extract fram the same piece, and to identify whether itis in ‘wo time, three time or four time. For more detailed information on the tests, please see the syllabus (total available: 150 marks) Editorial guidance We have taken the pieces inthis book from a variety of sources, Where appropriate, we have edited the pieces to help you prepare for your performance. We have added metronome markings (in square brackets) and ornament realizations. Details of other changes or suggestions are given in the footnotes. These editorial additions are for guidance only: you do not have to follow them in the exam. Piano Exam Pieces ABRSM Grade 5 Selected from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus Date of exam Contents USTA 1 Johann Sebastian Bach Aria: fourth movement from Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 2 Joseph Haydn Andantein A, Hob. 153/11 3. Jean Baptiste Loeillet Minuetto: fifth movement from Suite No.6 in E flat ust 1 i No.1 from Plauuderien, Op.60 2 Louise Farrene Etude in A minor: No.2 from 25 études fails, Op.50 3 Jean Sibelius Joueur de harpe: No.8 from Bagatelles, Op.34 usTc 1 Witold Lutostawski Rektor: No. 12 from Melodie luclowe 2 Sergey Prokofiev Lentamente: No.1 from Visions fugitives, Op.22 3° Mike Gornick Film Noir Editor for ABRSM: Richard Jones page 2 u 16 18 20 2 Other pieces for Grade 5 usTA, 4 W.f. Bach Allegro in At she Plano lth the Sons of Bac (Faber) 5 Handel Aria inG (th movt from Suite G, HWV 441). Handel: Selected Keyboard Works, Book ? (ABRSND) 6 Kuhlau Allegretto grazioso (2nd movt rom Sonatina tn , Op. 55 No.3). Barenrelter Sonatina Album, Vo.2 Birenreter) ust B 4 Bloch Dream: No, 10 from Enfantine (Carl Fischer) 5 Franek Poco lento (No.5 from LOrganiste, Vol. 1). No. LO from Franck: 25 Short Pies from ‘Organist’ (ABRSM) 6 Schumann Esinnerung:No.28 rom Album frie huge, Op.68 (ABRSM or Wiener Uiest) usc 4 Gillock New Orleans Nightfall: rom New Ovieans jaz Sys (Wiis) 5 Poulenc Valse Tyrone: No.1 from Villageoises (Sauber!) 6 Pam Wedgwood Hang: Up: from After Hours, Book: 3 (Faber) rs pb AES rae a suber poweopyage igs! ale araon y la Bae 10 gion ae chaljemmedsietoy a ABNLALandon MPs, Ais reseed Nopar often Covey kate Bj Ay on Toon EC 5 Unie King yrs eed erste! Tinea En Calin Teo Nes mea SaiistyTie enced Nomoto SehookotAase inmiylormertyanymemnaboutce —oeranus sure is Megat Seats Aria Fourth movement from Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 4.5. Bach (1685-1750) Bach's Clavieribung, Part | (1731), consists of six partitas (dance suites), alternating between the French and Italian styles of the day. This is particularly clear inte inermezzilighnweight dances inserted towards the end of each suite. Among them area French airand an Italian aria ~ ‘ot vocal imitations but melodious insteumental pieces, ‘The Ara from Partita No selected here, has a simple teture, cut-off cadences (eg b. 4, and thematic syncopations often in chains, which are typical ofthe pre-Classcal grlant syle that swept Europe fiom the 1720s onwards. Dynamics are let the players discretion, Source Caner bung, Op (Lelple Author, 1731) ‘© 2010by The Associated! Hon ofthe Royal Schools of Muse AB3907 An3907 483907 Wa 5 unauthorized Andante in A sount Hob. |:53/11 = Joseph Haydn Andante [4 = c.72] 3 “G732-1809) j ; 3 i From about 1774, following his Sum und Drang (Storm and Stcess) period, Hayin developed a lighter, more popular style, clearly influenced by contemporary opera buffa. One example of his new soe is Symphony No. 53, mpériale from which ths Andante was ransctibed. It became ‘one of his most succesful symphonies, especially in England. ‘This Andance lustrates the double variations form that Haydn often used: varlauons on major and tone minor themes alternate with one another. However, this piano transcription is abridged, so that it contains oly thyee seetions~ major, minor, major. Source: ites pees pice fails agetae (Vienna: tara 176) The opening dymomcis from Symphony Nos the ethers ate editors. The allowing slurs are editorial ition: bb 4, 10(CH) 313640 (L158 (hot). Al shars a appogaruras ae eo Associated Board of he Royal Schools of sie o2miaty 463907 A397 AB 3907 his Megat tomate =e Minuetto Fifth movement from Suite No. 6 in E flat J.B. Loeillet (1680-1730) Jean BapdsteLocillt was born in Ghent, int a farily of musicians. He built upa reputation in France asa flautist and composer, but in about 1705 he moved to Landon, where he became known as ‘Mr Jol Loci’. In London he played in orchestras at Drury Lane ancl the Queen's ‘Theatre, Haymarket, and became well known asa harpsichord player and teacher. ‘This Minuettoisselected from the last of Loelle’s Six Suites 01723, As ts name suggests, it belongs tothe quicker Italian version ofthe dance. Inline with this sive, it san atractvely lively and animated movement, with running semiquavers and much interaction becween the hands Source: St Sut of Lesson fr he Herpsior or Spine! (London: Walsh 723) “The orginal tle ofthis movement, Minuet nt English, but an abrevatlon ofthe Kalan ‘Mawel dynamics ae env suggestions ony, a are scekentasomaments ‘©2011 by The Associated oar ofthe Hos Schoals of Mask 863907 10 883907 1 AB 3907 2 Chat Oi Plauderei eat No. 1 from Plaudereien, Op. 60 Theodor Kirchner (1823-1903) Con moto [4 = ¢.80] mf pee i 3 4 i = Pele = 2 fet P 2 mf P ‘The German composer Theodor Kitchner studied in Leipzig where he met and was encouraged by Schumann and Mendelssohn, He worked as aan organist and teacher inthe Swiss towns of Winterthur and Zurich, and later taught atthe Woreburg and Dresden conservatories. Kirchner wrote about 1,000 compositions far piano, many of which are short character-pleces inthe syle of Schumann. In ths plece, from aucerien (Chats), Op. 0, the tivo hands engage in an amicable conversation. The lefthand (bb, 3-4) imitates the right (bb. 1-2), asifin perfect ‘agreement with it and later phrases are stared by one hand and finished by he other (bb 6,9 and 10). The first repeat should be observed in theexam. Source: Moudevelon 25 Sticke fir Klar, Op. 6 (Beri: Simrock, 1882. The mf nb. 9s editorial [tb 10), ‘2018 by The Assocated Hoar of the Royal Schools of Musk AB 3907 B . 2 rit. Av3907 4 he Mega tomate Etude in A minor ae No. 2 from 25 études faciles, Op. 50 Louise Farrenc (4804-75) Andantino [4-= c.48] sates 73 5 as 7 3 7 3 7 "The French pianist Louise Fartene composed many piano and chamber-music pieces, ancl was for over 20 years professor of piano st the Pais ‘Conservatoire (1842-73), She and her husband edited a 23-volume anthology of eatly keyboard music, Le ésor des pianists (The Pianists ‘Treawury)- This éuude imitates the seins a pastoral type of piece in slowish compound time with dotted rhythms, which became very popular inthe early 160 century. The étude sin ABA’ form, with a mlddleseexion that stars in dhe relative major C(b. 9), a varied reprise (b.19},and a coda (b. 26), Source: 25 Eudes progrestves pou lepian, Op. 50 (Pas: Lad, 1878). The dysmisin the following bars are editorial suggestions ony: Bb. 4-58 sels the pocorit. nb. 30. ‘© 201Hby The Assoclated Boas ofthe Royal Sool of Music 325-6, 188 3907 18 poco rit. i 4 2 AB3907 16 The Harp Player Megat tomate Uinuthorizad Joueur de harpe asin No. 8 from Bagatelles, Op. 34 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) 1g period of 40 years (1089-1929), The majority of them are “The great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote over 150 short plano pieces du accessible, intimate, ramandc salon pieces ~a genre that was much in demand atthe time. Sibelius's Bagatelles, Op. 34, composed in 1912-16, contains ten miniatures with fanciful or dance titles. n ‘Joueur de harpe, the arpegetos Inmitate the harpist plucking the strings. “Suerto'(bb. | and 8) denotes a quickening ofthe speed is Archive, MS Callections (Catalog No 003), Natonal Library of Finland Source: fan i ‘2 Fexnea Gehrman Oy, ‘AB3907 V7 con Ped. pitt dolce -—s [[i-—s ff 2 senza Ped. 983907 18 The Schoolmaster Oices Rektor sean No, 12 from Melodie ludowe Witold Lutostawski 1913-94) oa From 1945 onwards, the Polish composer Witold Lutoslawskl made much use of folk tunes in his compositions, notably in his well-known Concerto for Orchestra. In 1915 isel, he arranged forthe plano 12 Melodie luowe (Folk Melodies) that were drawn fom different regions of Poland. 'No. 12, selected here, is based on a folk dance from Siesi ‘melody (bb. 1-17), variation (18-34), varied reprise (35-51), and coda (53-60). Although the composers metronome mark is may prefera more relayed tempo of /=€138, © Copyright 1915 Poleke Wydnienwn Muryeane “Transfert Chester Muse nite fr World excluding Abani, Bulga, Ching, Cuba, Czce Republi, Hungary, North Korea, Poland, Romania, Slovaks, Forme Sats of USS and Vietnar, ere the copyright eed by Plsie Wydawnictwo Muzyene, All sgh reserved, lnernatonalcopyigh secured Use by permission of Chester Muse Limited. a south-west Poland. The folk tune is built into an ABA’ structure, consisting of 58, students 483907 9 meno mosso Lz 3 ay ee 188 3907 20 Magat tomate tionthired Lentamente este No. 1 from Visions fugitives, Op. 22 Sergey Prokofiev (4891-1953) Pp con una semplicité espressiva [with expressive simplicity] Ppp misterioso ‘When very young, the Russian composer Sergey Prokofiev showed extraordinary talent bath in piano playing and in composition. Firs taught by ‘hls mother, herseaplanis, he was writing his earliest piano pieces by the age of five, Visions fugitives (leeting Visions), Op. 2, from which ths piece is selected, dates from his early Russian period: it contains 20 pleces that were ‘wrlten in 1915-17, during the First World Wa. The opening item, Lentamente, reveals the dream-like side of Prokofiev's artistic personality ‘Source: htmoletnott - Visions fives, Nowell caton revue par Tater (Moscow Gurl 1925) © Copyrigh 1922 by Hawkes & Son (London) Let Published in Visions Fuge, Op.22 (ISMN 79-0-050-08178, A83907 pp senplice AB3907 2 co Film Noir Sew Mike Cornick {born 1947) Medium swing tempo —with menace = ¢.126 2=J 4) 4 8 4 =—— a Mike Comick studied composition at Trinity College af Music, London. He teaches piano and Keyboard, and is well known for his jz piano compositions. Film nor (black film) Is type of Hollywood crime drama from the 1940s or 1850s, So this piece is raher lke fllm music, using jazz idioms to capture the dark, menacing, melodramatic quality of tis specific gene. ‘82018 by The Asocated Hoard ofthe Hoyal Schools of Music aB3907 2B AB3807 24 883907 Scales and arpeggios ‘You will be asked for at least one of each type of scale or arpeggio, which should be played legato and from memory. RANGE SCALES (SIMILARMOTION) all keys, major and minor Soe (minors harmonic or melodie, at canclidate’s choice) AY MOTIONSCALES 1 Group 2a eandidetcscholce 2oct, Group I: F, Ds/C majors and harmonic minors Group2: 4, Bomajorsand harmonic minors CHROMATIC SCALES beginningonany note named by the examiner 30ct. (CHROMATIC CONTRARY-MCTION SCALES beginningon D beginning on Ab ARPEGGIOS. all keys, major and minor Soci REQUIREMENTS hands together or separately, as chosen by the hhands beginning on the tonic (unison) hands together or separately, as chosen by the examiner hands beginning on the stated note (unison) hands cogether or separately, aschosen bythe examiner