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O Canada

John Burge

Categories: Anthem - O Canada

Level: Advanced/Diploma (Grade 10, ARCT and up)

This arrangement of “O Canada” was first published in John Burge’s collection of solo piano pieces titled, Piano Reflections. The impetus to write down the arrangement came in 2015, when Adèle Barclay, a writer and former first-year harmony student of Burge’s, happened to mention Burge’s solo piano arrangement of “O Canada” in a Literary Review of Canada book critique. Indeed, the book that she was reviewing at the time was a biography of Calixa Lavallée, the composer of “O Canada”. As this arrangement had often changed character over the years due to its improvisational underpinnings, it seemed an ideal time to finalize the notes for the arrangement. This arrangement is not available in an individual hard copy edition and only a pdf of the arrangement can be purchased online. Please note that if a hard copy is desired, please purchase the complete Piano Reflections collection(JBComps-004).

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O Canada Sample Score
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Dance, Danse, Danza Volume 2

Susan Griesdale

Categories: Collections/Books

Level: Advanced/Diploma (Grade 10, ARCT and up)

Advanced piano pieces that are imaginative and showy for those performers who what to stand out and capture everyone's attention!

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Dance, Danse, Danza - Wayward Waltz
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Dance, Danse, Danza - Reveler's Dance
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Dance, Danse, Danza - Ophelia Dances Alone
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Dance, Danse, Danza Vol 3 Scatter Dance

Susan Griesdale

Categories: Collections/Books

Level: Advanced/Diploma (Grade 10, ARCT and up)

A virtuosic showpiece that is wildly fun to play and will make a striking impression with its high percussive energy and playful tonality.

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Dance, Danse, Danza Vol 3 - Scatter Dance
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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 Mata Hari Suite

John Burge

Categories: Collections/Books

Level: Advanced/Diploma (Grade 10, ARCT and up)

The Mata Hari Suite, for solo piano, consists of six pieces that were written to provide background music during the opening run of One Last Night with Mata Hari. This one-woman show requires a male pianist with acting abilities and was created by John Burge (music) and Craig Walker (book and lyrics). Mata Hari (1876-1917) was renowned as an exotic dancer and courtesan in the early 20th century but it is her conviction and execution by France on charges of spying for Germany during World War I that accounts for much of her ongoing infamy. Her final days were spent in the Saint Lazure Prison in Paris and this show uses the prison setting to give her one last time to tell her side of the story in a kind of cabaret performance. The musical language employed in the show draws heavily upon the styles of many composers of the period including Claude Debussy, Kurt Weill and even Arthur Sullivan, but Strauss waltzes are often percolating near the surface. More specifically, the six movements of this collection were composed to provide incidental music to aurally engage the audience before each of the two acts by combining melodies taken directly from the show with original melodies coloured in the same stylistic vein. Each movement is designed to be performed separately and has the suggested difficulty level of Grade Ten repertoire. Playing two or more contrasting movements would be an ideal performance presentation. 32 pages.

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The Mata Hari Suite - Description of the Original Musical
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The Mata Hari Suite - Description of each Movement
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No. 1 - Overture: The Tale of Mata Hari
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No. 1 - Overture: The Tale of Mata Hari
No. 2 - March
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No. 2 - March
No. 3 - Mata Embraces the New Day
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No. 3 - Mata Embraces the New Day
No. 4 - The Incognito Rag
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No. 4 - The Incognito Rag
No. 5 - Avec Amour
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No. 5 - Avec Amour
No. 6 - The Abandoned Waltz
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No. 6 - The Abandoned Waltz
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Piano Reflections

John Burge

Categories: Collections/Books

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

Piano Reflections is a collection of eight Intermediate and Advanced piano solos. In many ways this collection is a follow-up to Parking an Octatonic Truck in that both books include compositions that were written in the late 1990's for use as quick-study pieces. Initially this new set was to consist of only six pieces but while assembling and editing the music, Burge was asked to write a composition for one of his colleagues at Queen's University in honour of the university's first Nobel Prize recipient in 2015. Although completely unanticipated at the time, the resultant tribute to Dr. Arthur McDonald titled, "Oscillations," became this collection's most significant work. There is a fine video of Burge performing this diploma-level composition on Youtube. Additionally, in 2015 Adele Barclay, a writer and former first-year harmony student of Burge's, happened to mention his solo piano arrangement of "O Canada" in a Literary Review of Canada book critique. As this arrangement often changed character due to its improvisational underpinnings, finally putting the notes down on paper made his setting of "O Canada" another ideal addition. 42 Pages.

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Piano Reflections - Contents and Grade Levels
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Piano Reflections - Complete Program Notes
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No. 1 - Prelude to a Prelude
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No. 1 - Prelude to a Prelude (Audio)
No. 2 - Playing Tag
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No. 2 - Playing Tag (Audio)
No. 3 - Variations on a Simple Theme
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No. 3 - Variations on a Simple Theme (Audio)
No. 4 - Pastels
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No. 4 - Pastels (Audio)
No. 5 - One-Note Groove
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No. 5 - One-Note Groove (Audio)
No. 6 - Dancing Arpeggios
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No. 6 - Dancing Arpeggios (Audio)
No. 7 - O Canada
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No. 7 - O Canada (Audio)
No. 8 - Oscillations
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No. 8 - Oscillations (Audio)
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Wild Rose Suite

Peter Rudzik

Categories: Collections/Books

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

A musical tribute to the composer's adopted home, Alberta, Canada, whose official symbol is the wild rose. Contains seven pieces: Hot Springs, Smile Through Tears Waltz, Mountain Creek, Soaring, Oil Sands, Rocky Mountain Variations and New Day Toccata. In 2015 the International Piano magazine organized a competition for the best recording of Hot Springs.

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Hot Springs
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Soaring
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New Day Toccata
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Smile Through Tears Waltz
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Twenty-four Preludes

John Burge

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

This work also includes a number of diploma level compositions highly suitable for competition or examination use given their compact size and relatively short duration. The set reveals Burge's close affinity to the music of Chopin. Equally though, the Preludes of Debussy, with their expressive textural sonorities and colour, can also be considered touchstones, especially in the way that Burge provides subtitles for fourteen of his Preludes. Composed over the years 2011-2015, Burge personally premiered a few at a time so that the music had a long period of gestation, finally premiering the entire set in 2015 (a complete performance takes about one hour). The most unusual aspect of these Preludes is that eight of them use extended instrumental techniques such as strumming strings inside the piano. These techniques are very simple to execute and do not require any advance preparation of the piano but in most cases can only be realized successfully on a grand piano with the music stand removed. As a guiding principle, Burge tried to embrace each Prelude's tonic key in an audibly recognizable fashion so that at times the music is emphatically tonal, even in the Preludes that involve non-traditional performance practices. While some of the Preludes have a difficulty level appropriate to Grades 8 and 9 repertoire ("Prelude No. 5" was published previously in Northern Lights Volume 8B), the majority of the Preludes are at a Grade 10 or Diploma level of difficulty and as such, have much potential for piano competition and examination use. The music is beautifully printed with a coil binding hidden by a fold-over cover for lasting protection and durability. 80 pages.

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24 preludes- Assigned Levels of Difficulty and Detailed Description
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Prelude No. 1 (C Major)
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Prelude No. 2 (A Minor) and No. 3 (G Major)
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Prelude No. 4 (E Minor)
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Prelude No. 5 (D Major)
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Prelude No. 6 (B Minor)
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Prelude No. 7 (A Major)
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Prelude No. 8 (F Sharp Minor)
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Prelude No. 9 (E Major)
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Prelude No. 11 (B Major) and No. 12 (G Sharp Minor)
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Prelude No. 13 (F sharp Major) and No. 14 (E Flat Minor)
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Prelude No. 15 (D Flat Major)
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Prelude No. 16 (B Flat Minor)
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Prelude No. 17 (A Flat Major)
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Prelude No. 18 (F Minor)
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Prelude No. 19 (E Flat Major)
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Prelude No. 20 (C Minor), No. 21 (B Flat Major) and No. 22 (G Minor)
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Prelude No. 23 (F Major)
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Prelude No. 24 (D Minor)
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Everything Waits for the Lilacs

John Burge

Categories: Solo Sheet Music

Level: Advanced/Diploma (Grade 10, ARCT and up)

This six-minute work was commissioned by Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska, the title of which is borrowed from Margaret Avision's poem, "Thaws". The music makes expansive use of the entire keyboard and is tinged with a distant romanticism that in part reflects a frozen landscape waiting for the arrival of spring. At times the music echoes appropriately with a strong sense of longing and desire and ends with a very loud repeated chord that just can't seem to break free of the fading grasp of winter as each repetition increasingly reverberates with more ghostly overtones. This work is included on the RCM ARCT Piano Performance Diploma Repertoire List E and has been used by many students as a required Canadian composition in national and international piano performance competitions. 11 pages.

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Everything Waits for the Lilacs (Opening)
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Everything Waits for the Lilacs (Ending)
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