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Snowdrifts for 1 piano, 4 hands

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Duets

Level: Elementary/Early Intermediate (Gr 1-4)

Snowdrifts is an elementary duet written for two of my more promising piano students, Madeleine and Sofia. The secondo (the older sister's part) is at a Level 3-4. while the primo (the younger sister's part) is within 5 finger positions and could be read or taught by rote. MH Duncan

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If Dogs Could Talk: 13 Playful Piano Pieces

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Collections/Books

Level: Early Elementary/Beginner/Prep A/B, Elementary/Early Intermediate (Gr 1-4)

These 13 playful early elementary piano pieces with accompanying melodic poetry are designed to develop rhythm, reading and pitch matching skills for eager beginners up to Level 2. They are short but are filled with expressive details, two handed dialogue and contrasting legato and staccato touches to help bring the musical stories to life. Prep Level: Sleepy Head, Rumble Tumble, This and That, Level 1: African Kitty, If Dogs Could Talk, I want to Fly, Little Bird, Moonlight, Party Plans, Sunnier Days, Twins, Level 2: Flying Horses, Talking Fish, Why? These were previously published in two separate volumes entitled If Dogs Could Talk and Flying Horses, Talking Fish. In this 2018 version, the two volumes are combined with the poetry taken from within the scores and printed separately for clearer notation. MH Duncan

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Sleepy Head
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Rumble Tumble
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African Kitty
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If Dogs Could Talk
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Sunnier Days
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Little Bird
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I Want to Fly
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Moonlight
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This and That
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Party Plans
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Flying Horses, Talking Fish
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Limestone Etchings

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Collections/Books

Level: Early Advanced/Advanced (Gr 8 - 9)

LIMESTONE ETCHINGS is a collection of piano works paired with original pencil drawings by artist Spencer Hope. This musical and visual collaboration honors the picturesque and historic city of Kingston, Ontario. Other titles published separately are the piano duets Hollyhocks and The Old Stone Church. 1. THE WAR MEMORIAL is inspired by The War Memorial on the shores of Lake Ontario and has a Celtic flavor reflecting the background of the Kingston families whose fallen sons are honored. Distant drums and cannons remind us of a sorrowful past but the bells toll for a brighter future. 2.KINGSTON MILLS LOCKS is my musical attempt to depict the past and present of the most southerly component of the Rideau Canal System. The grinding of the locks mechanism, present day boating and a haunting underwater scene underscore this beautiful, poignant and historical landmark. Many lives were lost in the building of the locks, but they still operate today marking the resolve of early settlers to navigate a new homeland. 3. ON THE POND Imagine a shivery winter morning surrounded by ice fog with the sun just beginning to peek through. The lone skater christens the pristine ice first with easy glides, then more energetic spins and jumps, an exquisite solitary moment amid the natural winter magic. 4. AT CITY HALL The closing piece follows the bustling and energetically charged outdoor rink from the first skater of the day to the last straggler of the night. A variety of skaters are featured including beginners and experienced, along with rambunctious teenagers and romantic couples. MH Duncan

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The War Memorial
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Kingston Mills Locks
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On the Pond
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At City Hall
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Zarzamora Suite

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Collections/Books

Level: Early Advanced/Advanced (Gr 8 - 9), Advanced/Diploma (Grade 10, ARCT and up)

Zarzamora Suite is loosely based on five Spanish street names, that figured prominently in my life as a child and young adult in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. 1. Zarzamora: (trans: bramble berry, Level 9) This piece was inspired by my father's streetcar memories, my grandmother's zippy driving and my own experience of learning to drive. Thanks to my sweet sister O.A. for her patience as i scarily rolled her '62 Valiant backwards down the hilly streets of San Antonio. 2. Dolorosa (trans: suffering, Level 9) Even in a blessed life, one experiences family discord, teenage angst, heartbreak and loss. Fortunately, many of these same bittersweet memories can become ingredients for personal and passionate artistic expression. 3. Mariposa (trans: butterfly, Level 6) was the Austin street that I lived on while attending university. I like to think that I was tucked away in my cocoon there, struggling, growing and developing into my own version of a butterfly. 4. Brazos (trans: arms, Level 10) was written for my husband Martin, who I met on a train to Mexico City. 5. Guadalupe: (Our Lady of Guadalupe, Level 10) The portion of this street running through the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, is known as the "drag" and is home to a colourful array of students, shops, street vendors, congestion, culture and academia. Martha Hill Duncan

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Zarzamora
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Mariposa
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Guadalupe
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Dolorosa
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The Lion's Tale

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Collections/Books

Level: Early Elementary/Beginner/Prep A/B

Designed for the early reader, these solos are intended to explore contemporary sounds and colours while maintaining ease and speed in learning. Some of the pieces provide more straightforward reading challenges while others will work better with a read and rote approach. This collection was inspired by the Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music, Composers & Kids program.

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The Sparrow's Song
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Waiting
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Plip, plop
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How High Can You Go?
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I Will Never Roar
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Tiny Drum
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A Sleepy Waltz
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Hamsters on the Move
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Knock, knock
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Treasure Hunt
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Porcupine Polka
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Ice Time
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Echoes at Sunset
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The Lion's Tale
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Magic Mirror
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The Big Dipper
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The Old Stone Church

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Duets

Level: Early Advanced/Advanced (Gr 8 - 9)

This piano duet was originally written for my son Alexander Duncan and former piano student Kristin Rae and is around a Gr.9/10 level. They premiered it beautifully, but we all felt something was missing. Thanks to Alex Forgay and Emily Ninavaie for encouraging to complete it and for premiering the final version in Toronto. My mother grew up in East Texas surrounded by "old time religion" and music...her indomitable spirit and love of singing is honoured in the middle song section. Art work is by Kingston, On resident Spencer Hope.

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Rainy Days for Solo Piano

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Collections/Books

Level: Elementary/Early Intermediate (Gr 1-4), Intermediate/Late Intermediate (Gr 5-7)

These playful pieces are dedicated to my dearest playmates Rebecca and Michael, growing up in Houston, Texas, and are inspired by rainy days stuck indoors. Level 1: Pillow Fight, Level 2: 52 Pickup, Level 3: Monkeys on the Bed, Rock, Paper Scissors, Paper Dolls, Level 4: Paper Airplanes, Crazy 8s, 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, Level 5: Canasta, Dear Diary, In The Mirror

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Pillow Fight
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Monkeys on the Bed
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52 Pickup
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Paper Dolls
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Canasta
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Dear Diary
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Paper Airplanes
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Rock Paper Scissors
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In the Mirror
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Crazy 8s
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1 Mississippi
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Cloudburst

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Trios

Level: Intermediate/Late Intermediate (Gr 5-7)

A gentle sunny beginning builds to a crescendo when the rain cloud bursts open. An equally divided intermediate trio with gently rolling 8ves in lower part. Intermediate Levels 5-7

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Images in Sound: Piano Solos

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: CDs

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This CD features four piano collections performed by composer Martha Hill Duncan. Cottage Days, Angular Measures, Precipitations and Isla Vista Suite.

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The War Memorial

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Solo Sheet Music

Level: Intermediate/Late Intermediate (Gr 5-7), Early Advanced/Advanced (Gr 8 - 9)

An evocative intermediate solo with distant drums, canons, church bells and pedal effects honouring the fallen.

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The War Memorial
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