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Grade Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020 ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces ABRSM Grade 4 Selected from the 2019 &2020 syllabus ABRSM Piano Exams Here are some key points o help you prepare for your Grade 4 exam. All requirements are valid from 1 January 2019 until 31 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 order, Pieces (330 maris) “This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's 2019 & 2020 Grade 4 Piano syllabus. tn the exam, you will need to play three pieces, one from each ofthe three syllabus lists (A, Band C). You can choose from the pieces in this book and/or the other pieces set forthe grade: a full is ison the opposite page. You will need to observe al da capo (D.C) and dal segno (D.S,) Indications but omit all other repeats (including first-time bars) unless they are very bref (ie. of afew bars) or unless the syllabus specifies otherwise Scales and arpeggios (21 marks) Learning scales and arpeggios helps you to build strong technical skills by developing reliable finger ‘movement, hand position, co-ordination and keyboard fluency. Italso 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 4 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 requited ranges are covered, For all ‘hands together’ requirements, your hands should be one octave apart, Sight-reading (21 marks) 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 yourseif- which makes learning new pieces quicker and easier, In the exam, you willbe asked to play a short piece of music that you have not previously seen. You will be ven halfa minute in which to look through and, if you wish, try ou all oF any par of the test before you are asked to play it tothe examiner for assessment. Fo the ful sight-reading parameters, please see the syllabus Aural tests (18 marks) ‘Aural sills 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 tospotany mistakes. In the exam, the tests will be administered by the examiner from the piano, and you willbe asked a ‘Tosing or play irom memory a melody played twice by the examiner. bb Tosing five nates from score in free time, © (i) Toanswer questions about two features ofa piece played by the examiner (i) Toclap the rhythm of the notes in an extract from the same piece, and to identify whether it {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 in this book from a varlety 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 ofother changes or suggestions ate given in the footnotes. These editorial additions are for guidance only: you do not have co follow them inthe exam, Piano Exam Pieces ABRSM Grade 4 Selected from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus Date of exam Contents page usT A 1 Ludwigvan Beethoven Bagatelle in C, WoO 54 2 2 Georg Benda Sonatina in A minor 4 3. GeorgPhilipp Telemann Petit ju: from Fugues légeres er petits jeux 6 ust 1 Walter Carroll ‘The Reef: No.5 from In Southern Seas 8 2 Edvard Grieg Arietta: No. 1 from Lyriske sméstykker, Op.12 10 3. Edward Elgar Chanson de matin, Op. 15 No.2, art David Blackwell, 2 ust ¢ 1 William Gillock Holiday in Paris “4 2 Richard Michael A Kwela for Caitlin. 16 3 LubosSluka Rytmicki: No.6 from Moments atthe Piano 18 Editor for ABRSI Richard ones Other pieces for Grade 4 usta 4 J.8:Bach Minuet (Sth movt fom French Suite No.3 in B minor, BWV 818), The Best of Grade 4 Pano (Faber) 5 Diabelli Scherzo Allegro} (observing repeats) (2d mvt frm Sonata in G, Op. 151 No.1), The cord Sonatina Album (Rico) 5 Haydn Finale (Presto): 21d movt from Sonata in A, Hob, XVI26 (Wiener Urtext) or Haye: Complete Plano Sonatas, Vola (Wiener Urtext) ust 8 41 Grechaninoy nthe Fields: No. 10 from Glass Beads, Op. 128 (Schott) 5 Kulak Grandmama Tell a Ghost Story (No.3 from Scenes rom: Childhood, Op.81). Short Romantte Pieces for Piano, Book 2(ABRSM) 6 Tehaikovsky Morning Prayer: No.1 from Album forthe Young, Op.39,ABRSM or Peters) ust ¢ 4 Ben Crostand Sleepytown Blues: No.9 from Coo! Beans! Vol 2(Eidhions Musica Ferrum) 5 Bernard Désormieres Anatolian 08 AphaStyles (Van de Velde) 6 Prokofiey Peter's Theme (Grom Peter and the Wal, Op. 67), att. Duke. Ten Easy Tunes for Piano (Fentone) est pen 2018 ABE (ig Li Untied potcoyyng igh! Bsc igenon yal one {shal omedsatsiary of AISA, Landon Wallfhes, Aesrvooed Nopareltispeaon — Coesby Katanning dy Fs thant rn age Tendon £2 28 United Kp ‘ny terepedce, ected oreananited| rnin Enandby Huan cn estar \S20laby The costed Nor othe Royal School asc intr urty ay ean ae ‘isrbuiedworkdwide by Onford Univer Press See ke gat tomate Unauthorized Bagatelle in C Saas WoO 54 Ludwig van Beethoven, 770-1827) fe ceumeieae i . ' ? _ Fine “The bagatelle (French for ‘if’ isa short and intimate plano piece; Beethoven's well-known Fir Elise is a good example of this, He wrote three collections of bagatelles, and many of his single piano pieces are similar co them In character, though not so called. This is true ofthe piece selected here (the title"bagatele’has been added by the editor), which was probably composed inthe 1790s, when Beethoven was in his ‘wenties, but not published tll 1888, Its a da capo form piece (ABA), built on the contrast becween cheerful (lustig) music in the major mode and sad (traurig) music in the minor. Source: autograph MS, Siasrsbibliothek um Bet, PrewstscherKulurbest, NachlassGrsnick, 25. All dynamics are editorial suggestions any, xareallshurs in the Alnore(ninormode section). © 1506 y The Ascocated Hoard ofthe Hoya Scots of Music ‘Adapted rom Beethoven: Aagatles cited by Hawa Ferguson (ABRSM) 883908 ‘Traurig [Minore] Ded aa £ 2 ag DO. al Fine 83908 ts gat tomate Sonatina in A minor san Georg Benda 1722-95) Bend’ sonatinas ate written in an early Classical style, ike the sonatas of his contemporary C.P-E. Bach. The very polished, idfomatie Sonatina in A minor i designed in simple itorello form. The toniertornello (bb, 1-16) is ecapitulated atthe end, as shown by the direction ‘Da Capo al Fine. Inthe middle, i occurs inthe relative major C (bb. 25-82) The two episodes (bb. 17-24 and 83-48) both make use of hand-crossing tectanique = let hand: downstems; right hand: upstems, ‘Georg Benda, Bohemian by bith, settled in Getmany as violinist in the Prussian court orchestra (1742-50), then in 1750 was appointed Capelimeister at the court of Gotha Souree:Sumilng vervicier Kavler-und Gesangtcke (Goth, 1781). The only orignal performance marksaref nh. 25nd right-hand sursandsoeests nb 41-3 and 4-8, Allothers ve eri suggestions ony. (1967 by The Associated Board ofthe Roya Schools of Musle ‘pte from Goong Bends: Tele Sanatinas ete by Richa Jones (ABRSM) ‘AB 3906 ° 7 T aay DG. al Fine 83006 Little Game Petit jeu aa from Fugues légéres et petits jeux G.P- Telemann 681-1767) Georg Philipp Telemann, an extremely prolife German composer, was city music director at Frankfurt (1712-21), then at Hamburg (1721-67).As ‘8 composer, he was versatile enough to turn his hand to all he different stylos and genres of his day. “This piece is selected from a collection entied Fugues lgire et pes jeux (Light Fugues and Little Games), which is made up of six easy fugues, each accompanied by some shorter pleces inthe same key. This playful A major pice is writen in a dance tye not unlike tha ofthe polonaise. ‘Source: gs gies pseu (Hamburg: autho, 177) Alldyamies sharsandstcratosare edtoril suggestions any, with he exception of testaceto dots In. 10-11, which are present inde source ‘©2018 by The Assoclated Hoar of the Hoya Schools oF Music 483906